Five Continents

Félicité

Alain Gomis | 124min | Frankrike, Senegal, Belgien, Tyskland, Libanon

  • År: 2017
  • Språk: Franska, Lingala
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Svensk Premiär

Barsångerskan Félicités tillvaro kastas omkull när hennes son drabbas av en olycka, i Senegals medryckande Oscarbidrag som vann silverbjörnen i Berlin.

Stolt självständiga och ensamstående mamman Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya som imponerar stort i sin första film) vill absolut inte vara beroende av någon och lever sitt liv solo. Men när hennes tonårsson skadas allvarligt i en olycka och hon inte har råd med hans operation har hon inte heller någon att vända sig till. Hon kastar sig ut i den kaotiska kongolesiska huvudstaden Kinshasa i en desperat jakt på hjälp. Alain Gomis (As a Man, GFF 2002) är tillbaka med ett fascinerande, energifyllt och synnerligen musikaliskt drama, som vägrar att hålla sig till en och samma rytm utan glider mellan olika stilar och uttryck. En imponerande film som vann hela sex priser på den afrikanska motsvarigheten till Oscarsgalan, däribland priset för bästa film.

- Johan Blomqvist

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Alain Gomis

Regissör: Alain Gomis

Alain Gomis, born in 1972 in Paris, France is a Franco-Bissau Guinean-Senegalese director. His first two short films, Tourbillons followed by Petite lumière, were selected and received awards at several international festivals. In 2001, his first feature-length film, L’Afrance, won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. Then came Andalucia in 2007 starring Samir Guesmi, then Tey starring Saul Williams, which was selected for competition at Berlin and won the Golden Stallion at Fespaco in 2013. A partner at Granit Films along with Newton Aduaka (Nigerian director, Ezra) and Valérie Osouf (French director), Alain Gomis also works with producer Oumar Sall (Cinékap) on a training program for young filmmakers and technicians in Senegal (Up Court-métrages).

I feel that a film is created over years, and by summoning a multitude of different things. At the origin of this one are real people, women I’m close to – mainly in Senegal. Strong women who don’t accept compromise, who tackle everything head on and refuse to give in no matter what. I had a certain admiration for this rectitude while, at the same time, reflecting on the notion of bending life to one’s will. So I was interested in this dialectic of struggle and acceptance that is a theme common to all of my films. On top of that, a young cousin I’m very close to had an accident and, as a result of inadequate medical care, lost his leg. I’ll never forget his expression: a 17-year-old kid who'd lost all sense of levity – for whom life was as good as over. His story was also tied to that of his mother, who was suspected of shady dealings. This simple reality that confronts the invisible on a daily basis is the foundation of the film. So I had intended a kind of Faust... then I discovered the music of Kasai Allstars, which captured all of that.

Manusförfattare:
Alain Gomis
Fotograf:
Céline Bozon
Klippare:
Alain Gomis, Fabrice Rouaud
Medverkande:
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, Nadine Ndebo
Kontakt:
Jour2Fête, +33 1 75432682
Regissörens filmografi:
  • 2012 Tey, Feature; 2007 Andalucia, Feature; 2001 L’Afrance, Feature.