Rough and sensitive, punch-packing and poetic by turns, Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’s fierce, music-filled drama about a proud, strong-willed mother in a breakneck race for survival won the Silver Bear at Berlinale this year.
Félicité’s routine as a bar singer in Kinshasa is upended by the discovery that her 14-year-old son has been badly injured in a motorcycle accident. As she embarks on a desperate journey through the city’s electric streets to get money for his operation, things go from bad to worse; if she can’t save her child, can music save her, or love help her pick up the pieces?
Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu delivers a magnetic performance as Félicité, while a soundtrack by the Congolese musical collective Kasai Allstars and the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra gets your heart pumping in time with hers.
Producer: Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis, Oumar Sall | Editor: Alain Gomis, Fabrice Rouaud | Cinematographer: Céline Bozon | Screenwriter: Alain Gomis
Cast: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, Nadine Ndebo, Elbas Manuana
Additional Countries: Belgium, Senegal, Germany, Lebanon