VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Félicité

V' 17

Félicité

Alain Gomis
F/Senegal/B/D/Libanon, 2017
Fiction, 123min, OmdU

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Félicité

Alain Gomis
F/Senegal/B/D/Libanon, 2017
Fiction, 123min, OmdU

Actors: 
Véro Tshanda Beya
Félicité
Gaetan Claudia
Samo
Papi Mpaka
Tabu
Screenplay: 
Alain Gomis
Sound: 
Benoît de Clerck
Camera: 
Céline Bozon
Editor: 
Fabrice Rouaud
Composer: 
The Kasaï Allstars
Decoration: 
Oumar Sall (le grand)
Costume: 
Nadine Ostobogo Boucher
Emma Zola

Production: 
Andolfi
Granit Films
Cinekap
World Sales: 
Jour2Fête
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans, goes the old saying – though for the variously stymied characters of Félicité, life hits them when they have no plan at all. A loose, vibrant fourth feature film from Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis, FÉLICITÉ likewise builds to a fever of energy and activity while never sketching out more than the bones of a narrative: it’s a film in which a hard-earned smile, the contact between one person’s skin and another’s, or a serene strain of music amid the everyday noise can qualify as a dramatic event. Following a proudly independent club singer through the ragged streets of Kinshasa as she seeks a way to save her hospitalized son, Gomis’ latest is far from the miserablist issue drama that synopsis portends, instead weaving a sensual, sometimes hopeful, sometimes disturbing urban tapestry with threads of image, sound, poetry, and song. (Guy Lodge)