‘Félicité’ Official Trailer: A Congolese Bar Singer Races Against Time To Save Her Son

by Raheem Karim

Award-Winning Senegalese Filmmaker Alain Gomis will be premiering his new film ‘Félicité’ at the Berlin International Film Festival.  The film is about a local bar singer living in the Congo city of Kinshasa. But one day Félicité’s son is involved in a terrible motorcycle accident, and she has to travel between the gritty side town and affluent districts to raise money for her son’s operation. A bar regular Tabu (Papi Mpaka) steps up to the plate to help, who soon becomes a part of her life.  This is his fourth feature film.

Alain Gomis is no stranger to the film competition arena.  At the age of 26, he had already made three short films: Tourbillons, Tout le monde peut se tromper, and the documentary Caramels et chocolats.  His first feature film “L’Afrance,” about young Senegalese men who faces residency issues while living in Paris, won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. His next film “Andalucia,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2007. His last film “Aujourd’hui (Tey),” was selected for competition at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, won the Golden Stallion at Fespaco in 2013 and was chosen as Senegal’s entry for an Oscar® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

‘Félicité’ will make its world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday, February 11 at 4 p.m. at the Berlinale Palast. For more information, visit the official Berlinale website.

Check out the trailer for ‘Félicité’ above.

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