9th edition: 21 April – 26 April 2020

Félicité (2017 Feature Film)

Alain Gomis | France, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon | 2017 | color | DCP | 123 min | Lingala, French | e.s.

Powerful portrait of Kinshasa and the confident, independent Félicité who helps patrons of the bar she performs in temporarily forget the misery outside. Fate strikes when her son ends up in hospital due to a motorbike accident. But this could be the start of something good.

Every night, charismatic singer Félicité’s exhilarating music captivates the audience in a bar in Kinshasa. One day her son ends up in hospital due to a serious motorbike accident and she has to find money to fund the operation. What follows is an odyssey through the richer and (mainly) poorer parts of the Congolese capital.
But should she be searching so far afield? Perhaps one of the bar’s regulars can help her, the imposing Tabu, a womanizer who never declines a drink. Can the proud, independent Félicité turn a blind eye to his behavior? When her son is released from hospital, her spartan flat with its broken fridge becomes a safe haven for the eccentric trio, an oasis of calm amid the chaos in the streets.

Place: CINEMA 2

Date: 6 April 2017

Time: 16:30

Duration: 1:40

Place: CINEMA 2

Date: 8 April 2017

Time: 19:15

Duration: 1:33

Year in
Festival

2017

Director

Alain Gomis

Camera

Céline Bozon

Cast

Véro Tshanda Beya
Gaetan Claudia
Papi Mpaka
Nadine Ndebo
Elbas Manuana
Diplome Amekindra

Country

France
Senegal
Belgium
Germany
Lebanon

Editor

Fabrice Rouaud

Language

Lingala
French

Length

123 min

Music

The Kasaï Allstars

Producer

Arnaud Dommerc
Alain Gomis
Oumar Sall

Production Company

Andolfi
Granit Films
Cinekap

Production Design

Oumar Sall

Sales

Jour2Fête

Scenario

Alain Gomis

Sound Design

Jean-Pierre Laforce
Fred Meert

Year of Production

2017

Website

According to Alain GOMIS the character of Félicité was modelled on the strong women in his family. The French director was born in Paris in 1972, but his parents were from Guinee-Bissau and Senegal. He studied art history and film at the Sorbonne and won a Silver Leopard in Locarno for his debut L’afrance/As a Man in 2001. Félicité (2017) was awarded the jury prize in Berlin.

 

Filmography

Caramels et chocolats/Chocolates and Caramels (1996, short), Tout le monde peut se tromper/Everyone Can Make Mistakes (1998, short), Tourbillons/Whirlwinds (1999, short) L’afrance/As a Man (2001), Petite lumière/Little Light (2003, short), Ahmed (2006, short) Andalucia (2007), Aujourd’hui/Today (2011), Les délices du monde (2012, TV), Félicité (2017)