Felicite

2017/Color/123 mins/France, Senegal, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon




Category Cinema International
Director Alain Gomis
Producer Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Omar Sall
Screenplay Alain Gomis
Cinematography Celine Bozon
Editor Fabrice Rouaud
Music The Kasai Allstars
Set Oumar Sall (le grand)
Costume Nadine Ostobogo Boucher, Emma Zola
Cast Vero Tshanda Beya (Felicite), Gaetan Claudia (Samo), Papi Mpaka (Tabu)
Production Company Andolfi, France; Granit Films, France; Cinekap, Senegal
World Sales Jour2Fete, France
Festival/Awards NA

Felicite is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. But then one day Felicite's son has a terrible accident. Whilst he is in hospital she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. One of the bar's regulars is Tabu who offers to help Felicite and she accepts. After his spell in hospital, Felicite's son has a hard time picking up his old life, but it is lady's man Tabu of all people who manages to coax him out of his shell. Felicite's sparsely furnished flat with its permanently defunct fridge becomes a mini utopia in a country that holds no hope for most of its population. The trio forms an eccentric community, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.

Director:
Alain Gomis
Born in Paris, France in 1972, Alain Gomis of Bissau-Guinean and Senegalese origin studied art history and film at the Sorbonne University in Paris. After beginning with videos and short films, he made his feature film debut in 2002 with L'Afrance which focused on the spiritual hardships of migrants in France and was awarded a Silver Leopard in Locarno. His feature film Andalucia(2008) was shown at the Venice Days and Aujourd'hui (Tey) screened in Competition at the 2012 Berlinale and was chosen as Senegal's entry for an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

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