Director: Alain Gomis 2017 129 Minutes M
Félicité Sun 14 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 07:30pm 129mins The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Félicité Fri 19 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 03:00pm 129mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

French-Senegalese director Alain Gomis weaves together strong characters and Congolese music to illustrate the tale of bar singer Félicité in this impeccably intuitive film.

Félicité is thrown into a state of emergency when her teenage son is gravely injured and she must raise the funds to pay for his treatment. The film follows the singer as she makes her way across Kinshasa to recoup money. Congolese actress Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu delivers an extraordinarily powerful performance as Félicité, whose largely wordless presence embodies not only the cost of being a sole parent struggling to get by but also a deep sense of her power and pride.

Screening as part of ‘Voices in African Cinema


Language:French and Lingala, with English subtitles
Director:Alain Gomis
Producer:Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Oumar Sall
Cast:Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, Elbas Manuana
Script:Alain Gomis, Olivier Loustau, Delphine Zingg
Program strand:Features