PARIS – Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ “Félicité,” a Berlinale standout that will have its North American premiere at Toronto before heading to the New York Film Festival.
Sold by Paris-based Jour2Fete, “Félicité” won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, where it earned rave reviews. Strand Releasing is planning for a U.S. theatrical release in late fall.
The film follows Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya), a proud young mother who struggles to find the resources to help save her critically injured 14-year old son. Felicité fights her way through the streets of Kinshasa in a perilous world filled with dreams and music.
“Gomis’ latest is far from the miserablist issue drama that [its] synopsis portends, instead weaving a sensual, sometimes hopeful, sometimes disturbing urban tapestry with threads of image, sound, poetry, and song,” wrote Variety’s Guy Lodge.
“Félicité” marks the fourth feature by Gomis, who penned the script with Delphine Zingg and Olivier Loustau. The movie was produced by Andolfi, Granit Film, Cinekap production in co-production with Need Prods. Katuh Studios and Schortcut Films.
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The deal was done between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Samuel Blanc of Jour2Fete.
“We’re thrilled to have ‘Félicité’ and equally proud to have it showcased in two of the best North American festivals for this fall,” said Gerrans.