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Gaetan Claudia (Actor), Papi Mpaka (Actor), Alain Gomis (Director, Screenwriter), Véro Tshanda Beya (Actress), Arnaud Dommerc (Producer), Oumar Sall (Producer), Moderation: Vincenzo Bugno

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Félicité 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 Félicité’s son has a terrible accident. Whilst he is in hospital she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. A breathless tour through the impoverished streets and the wealthier districts of the Congolese capital ensues. One of the bar’s regulars is a man named Tabu who has been known to get carried away in every sense of the term. Tabu offers to help Félicité. Reluctantly, she accepts. After his spell in hospital, Félicité’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. Félicité’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 thrown together by fate, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.

Alain Gomis

France / Senegal / Belgium / Germany / Lebanon 2017


123 min · Colour


Véro Tshanda Beya (Félicité)
Gaetan Claudia (Samo)
Papi Mpaka (Tabu)


Written and directed by
Alain Gomis
Director of Photography
Céline Bozon
Fabrice Rouaud
The Kasaï Allstars
Sound Design
Jean-Pierre Laforce, Fred Meert
Benoit De Clerck
Production Design
Oumar Sall (le grand)
Nadine Ostobogo Boucher, Emma Zola
Nadine Ostobogo Boucher, Ana Senghor
Assistant Director
Demba Deye, Delphine Daull
Roger Ngandu Kangudia, Deschamps Matala Shakembo
Production Manager
Oumar Sall
Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Omar Sall
Executive Producer
Roger Ngandu Kangudia
Anne-Laure Guégan, Géraldine Sprimont, Vanessa Ciszewski, Georges Schoucair
Need Productions, Brüssel
Katuh Studio, Berlin
Schortcut Films, Beirut


Alain Gomis

Born in Paris, France in 1972, the French director 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 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.


1999 Whirlwinds; short film 2002 L’Afrance 2003 Little Light; short film 2006 Ahmed; short film 2008 Andalucia 2012 Tey 2017 Félicité

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Paris, France
+33 950652305

Granit Films
Paris, France

Dakar, Senegal

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