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Directed by Alain Gomis

France, Senegal, Belgium 2017 123 mins. In Lingala, French

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Gomis’s film portrays a life lived on the fringes of society that resonates with a profound poetry. Single mother and singer Félicité ekes out a living performing in a rough bar in Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo. Her fiercely guarded independence is threatened after her son is involved in a life-altering accident, and she must find a way to pay for his care. A love letter to persistence and the power of song—propelled by a vibrant soundtrack performed by the Congolese musical collective Kasai Allstars—Félicité is buoyed by one woman’s irrepressible spirit in the face of overwhelming odds. (123 mins.) In French and Lingala with English subtitles.

Filmography: Andalucia (2007), L’afrance (2001)

Reviews: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Cinema Scope, The Guardian, Variety

Interviews: BOMB Magazine, Film Comment

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