HKIFF Hidden Gem: 'Felicite' Director Alain Gomis on Being Inspired by Strong Women
23 March 2018
Featuring a moving performance by Vero Tshanda Beya, the French director's Africa-set festival darling was shortlisted for a best foreign-language film Oscar this year.
Born in Paris to a Gallic mother and Senegalese father, writer-director Alain Gomis has always had one foot in France and one in Africa. His debut film, L’afrance (2001), dealt with the plight of an illegal immigrant from Senegal scraping by in the City of Light, while 2013’s Aujourd’hui featured Slam star Saul Williams as a man living the last day of his life in Dakar. For Felicite, Gomis worked for the first time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), composing a feverish tale of song and survival on the streets of Kinshasa.
Felicite, which won the Silver Bear at last year's Berlin International Film Festival and was one of nine films shortlisted for the best foreign-language film prize at this year's Oscars, is being screened at Hong Kong International Film Festival. Gomis spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the experience, as well as what it’s been like to finally make a breakthrough in the U.S.
Source: Hollywood Reporter