Felicity (Félicité)

Felicity is a singer in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. She sings in an nganda (bar) resident band and raises her 16-year-old son, Samo, alone. One morning, however, she receives a call from the hospital saying that Samo has just been admitted after an accident. He risks losing his leg if Felicity doesn’t find the money for an operation. Felicity embarks on a desperate quest that takes her across the city, into her past, her dreams … But just as she is about to reach her goal, her son’s leg is amputated.
Felicity is a love story, a tale to music of coming back to life.

Director’s note
I imagine this film as a song, a hypnotic and sensual blues song. I imagine it as a dangerous crossing, through rapids and clouds, on the borders between the night and our interior forests, before we reach and breathe the cool air of a new day want to show the beauty of the poor neighbourhoods, because that’s what I feel close to. I want to make a film as one sings with a woman, to descend into the abyss with her, not to wallow, but to face up, to let go, and to find the seeds of wondrous possibilities there.

World Premiere
Berlin International Film Festival 2017, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Berlin International Film Festival 2017, Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize; Golden Stallion Award, FESPACO 2017; Special Jury Prize, Chicago International Film Festival 2017; Human Rights in Cinema Competition, Istanbul International Film Festival 2017; Toronto International Film Festival 2017 FIPRESCI Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018

Senegal, 2017
Director: Alain Gomis
Producers: Andolfi (France), Granit Films (France), Cinékap (Senegal), Need productions (Belgium)
German WCF Partner: tbc
World sales: Jour2fête (France)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2015
Funding amount : 40.000 €