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Félicité

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.

by
Alain Gomis

France / Senegal / Belgium / Germany / Lebanon 2017

Lingala

123 min · Colour

With

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

Crew

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

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

Produced by

Andolfi
Paris, France
+33 950652305

www.andolfi.fr

Granit Films
Paris, France

Cinekap
Dakar, Senegal

World sales

Jour2Fête
Paris, France
+33 1 75432682

www.jour2fete.com

Dates

  • 110011
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    Sat Feb 11 16:00
    Berlinale Palast (E, G)
  • 120741
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    Sun Feb 12 09:30
    Friedrichstadt-Palast (E, G)
  • 121073
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    Sun Feb 12 21:30
    Haus der Berliner Festspiele (E, G)
  • 120331
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    Sun Feb 12 22:30
    International (E, G)
  • 190743
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    Sun Feb 19 18:45
    Friedrichstadt-Palast (E, G)