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World Cinema

Félicité

Year 2017
Runtime 123 mins
Language Lingala / French
Subtitles English

Powered by lively visuals and a soulful soundtrack, Félicité takes us on a breathtaking tour of the Congolese capital.

Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu) is a strong and independent woman who works as a singer in a Kinshasa bar. She owns the stage and her beautiful, soulful voice allows her and all the locals to leave their worries at the door. But her life outside the stage isn’t as commanding: she has just enough money to get by, a point highlighted by the agonizing state of her refrigerator which is in constant need for attention. One day, her teenage son has a terrible accident which lands him in the hospital. Félicité needs to raise enough money for his operation. Desperate, she turns to whatever source she can to get that money.

Powered by Céline Bozon’s lively visuals and a mesmerizing soundtrack, featuring the Kinshasa Symphonic Orchestra, Alain Gomis’ FÉLICITÉ takes us on a breathtaking tour of the Congolese capital, ranging from impoverished streets to the wealthier districts. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Awards
Berlin, Grand Jury Prize; Istanbul, Human Rights in Cinema Competition
Festivals
Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Istanbul Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival
Director
Alain Gomis
Executive Producer
Roger Ngandu Kangudia
Producer
Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Oumar Sall
Screenwriter
Alain Gomis
Cinematographer
Céline Bozon
Editor
Fabrice Rouaud, Alain Gomis
Production Design
Oumar Sall
Music
The Kasaï Allstars
Cast
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Papi Mpaka, Gaetan Claudia