Screening – “Félicité” with Director Alain Gomis
French filmmaker Alain Gomis will present his 2017 film Félicité, winner of the Silver Berlin Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. The screening will be preceded by a conversation between Gomis and the French writer and filmmaker Marguerite Abouet, which will include contributions from UGA faculty members and a public reception and book signing. The reception begins at 5 p.m. and the conversation at 5:30. The event is sponsored by the Willson Center, the department of Romance languages, and the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.Thefilm stars Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu as Félicité, a nightclub singer who embarks on a frantic odyssey through the streets of Kinshasa, Congo to raise $600 to pay for her son’s surgery after he is injured in a motorcycle accident.Alain Gomis is a French-Bissau-Guinean-Senegalese filmmaker and director. Born and raised in Paris, he studied art history and cinema at the Sorbonne. He began his career with short films, such as 1999’s “Tourbillon.” In 2001, his first feature length film, L’Afrance, which sheds light on the difficulties facing immigrants in France, won the Silver Leopard award at the Locarno film festival. Next came Andalucia, presented at the 2007 in Venice, followed by Aujourd’hui and Félicité, which both received the Yennenga Golden Stallion at the FESPACO Festival in 2013 and 2017, respectively.
Monday, June 11, 2018 at 11:00am
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