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Félicité

Alain Gomis
France, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon 2017 / 123’
subtitles: Polish and English
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Filled with music and warmth, this African story won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Berlinale. At a bar in Kinshasa, Félicité sings about her difficult but beautiful life. Her audience consists mainly of men getting drunk at the bar, including Tabu, a local playboy and handyman who tries to help Félicité repair her refrigerator. When Félicité's 12-year-old son ends up in the hospital after a motorcycle accident, she starts desperately looking for money for an operation to help save his leg. Will Félicité and her admirer Tabu manage to save her son? Gomis's film is a bittersweet picture of Kinshasa and its inhabitants: although local institutions fail to help the Congolese, they maintain their human instincts and support one another. The director's film is based on experiences gained during his travels around Africa. It was during one such trip that he met Véro Tshanda Beya, who plays Félicité in the film.

Adam Kruk

awards

Berlin IFF 2017 – Jury Grand Prix

Screenings

Tickets sale starts on 19th July, 12pm.
fr 04 Aug, 13:15knh 9
su 06 Aug, 19:15knh 9
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Alain Gomis

Born in Paris, Alain Gomis is a director and screenwriter who grew up in a Franco-Senegalese family, which led to her interest in Africa. After completing his studies (Art and Film History) at the Sorbonne, he shot reportage pieces and short films. His first full-length feature, about immigrants in France, L'afrance, won the Silver Leopard for the best debut at the Locarno International Film Festival. His latest film, Félicité, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Festival in Berlin, which Gomis dedicated all Africans.

Filmography

2002 L'Afrance

2008 Andaluzja / Andalucia

2012 Dzisiaj / Tey / Today

2017 Félicité

Cast & Crew

director Alain Gomis
screenplay Alain Gomis, Olivier Loustau, Delphine Zingg
cinematography Céline Bozon
editing Fabrice Rouaud
music The Kasaï Allstars
cast Véro Tshanda Beya, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, Elbas Manuana
producer Alain Gomis, Arnaud Dommerc, Omar Sall
production Andolfi, Granit Films, Cinekap, Need Productions, Katuh Studio, Schortcut Films
sales Jour du fette
awards Berlin IFF 2017 – Jury Grand Prix
language Lingala, French
colouration colour