NYFF 2017 Preview: Félicité

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NYFF 2017 Preview: Félicité
Posted by Wilson Morales

September 26, 2017

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale this year, the fourth feature from award-winning French director of Guinea-Bissauan and Senegalese descent Alain Gomis will be shown at the 2017 New York Film Festival.

Félicité stars Véro Tshanda Beya, Papi Mpaka, and Gaetan Cluadia.

Félicité follows a fiercely independent club singer and single mother who lives her life in the chaotically vibrant Congolese capital of Kinshasa with a proud defiance — she doesn’t need marriage, a man, or even love to get by. But when her teenage son is in a horrific traffic accident, she must find a way to pay for his operation, which forces this resolutely solo woman to find help before it’s too late. This quest sends her on a fast-paced journey through the streets of Kinshasa and eventually leads Félicité to trust in Tabu (Papi Mpaka), a man known more for his indulgences than his intimacies.

Woven into the fabric of the film is a soundtrack performed by the Congolese musical collective Kasaï Allstars (with arrangements by Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste), creating the sensation of the music being a secondary script that transports us through Félicité’s journey.

Strand Releasing will distribute Félicité in theaters on October 27, 2017.

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