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African movie “Felicite” premieres at Berlinale

400x225_357703Modern-day Kinshasa comes to life in director Alain Gomis’ movie “Felicite”, which is competing in the competition at the Berlin Film Festival.

The drama about a woman working as a singer in a bar shows the realities of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the director told a news conference on Saturday (February 11) at the Berlinale.

‘‘It talks about the problems that exist, but makes very clear that we could build something together, what we wanted to do in this film was to be optimistic, but not optimistic in a naive way but optimistic within the framework of our reality, the difficult realities that we encounter.’‘

Starring newcomer Vero Tshanda Beya as Felicite, the documentary-style film follows her struggle when her son, played by Gaetan Claudia, is hurt badly injured in an accident as well as a new romantic relationship she embarks on with troubled mechanic Tabu (Papi Mpaka).

‘‘It was a fantastic experience .. to work with such a great director, someone as fantastic as Alain Gomis we learnt a great deal from him,’‘ Vero Tshanda Beya said at the news conference.

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