Director: Alain Gomis

123 mins, 2017, France-Belgium-Senegal-Germany, Digital

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

Félicité (singer-turned-actress Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu) is a proudly independent music club performer in the DR Congo city of Kinshasa in Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis’s vibrant fourth feature. When her fourteen-year-old son is severely injured in a motorcycle accident, Félicité is forced to seek the help of a persistent suitor to secure funding for medical care. With the emphasis placed on character and tone, Gomis’s immersive drama is a sensual urban tapestry that resonates with the indigenous music and song of Kinshasa.

(Notes by David O’Mahony)

Director’s Note: This portrait of a struggling single mother in Kinshasa is haunting, captivating, sensually complex and vibrant.

Winner: Grand Jury Prize, Berlin Film Festival 2017

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2017 – November 15th to 26th.

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