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Film Screening: „Félicité“ in attendance of director Alain Gomis at City Kino Wedding

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InfoR: Alain Gomis, Frankreich / Senegal / Belgien / Deutschland / Libanon, 2017, French with German subtitles, 123 Min. Ticket 6€

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AfricAvenir is excited to screen this year’s FESPACO winner film “Félicité” by franco-senegalese director Alain Gomis at City Kino Wedding. In addition to the most important award at the film festival in Burkina Faso, “Félicité” was also awarded with the Silver Bear at the 67. Berlinale.

After the screening there will be the chance to join into a Q&A with director Alain Gomis, moderated by Cameroonian film critic and curator Enoka Ayemba.

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.

The film’s jangling, diverse musical soundtrack practically functions as a screenplay in itself, charting Félicité’s shifting states of mind as it leaps from the Kasai Allstars’ breathless modern fusion of indigenous and international rock to the sober grace of the Kinshasa Symphonic Orchestra’s spin on Arvo Pärt.

- Variety

About the director:
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 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.

Trailer: grandfilm.de/felicite/

FÉLICITÉ
R: Alain Gomis, Frankreich / Senegal / Belgien / Deutschland / Libanon, 2017, French with German subtitles, 123 Min.
Ticketpreis: 6 €

In cooperation with City Kino Wedding and Grandfilm

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