FÉLICITÉ is an eccentric exploration of the city Kinshasa, as well as of the mind of the proud main character. Félicité is a nightclub singer and a single mother with a 14-year-old boy. When her son gets into a traffic accident, it forces her to wander the streets of Kinshasa asking for favors and help to pay for his operation.
The Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis won the Berlinale Silver Bear with FÉLICITÉ, and this exciting new voice in African cinema has emerged by telling the stories about the Sub-Saharan cityliving and people in a new and refreshing way. Not only has Gomis found a story and a main character worth exploring: He has also found an interesting way to tell it. The critics have raved about FÉLICITÉ and praised Véro Tshanda Beya playing the title role since its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017.
The film is part of the "Critics' choice" sidebar and is selected by Emilio Sanhueza, freelance film critic/Bergens Tidende.
Introduction before the screening on Thursday.