First screened in October 2017
Director: Alain Gomis. Cast: Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Papi Mpaka, Gaetan Claudia, Nadine Ndebo, Elbas Manuana, Diplome Amekindra, Célestin Mokono, François Kasonga, Prince Mbasi, Ferdinand Minga, Claudine Lumbu, Médecin Chef Veyi. Screenplay: Alain Gomis, Olivier Loustau, and Delphine Zingg.
Ripe premise for maternal melodrama, complicated by stubbornly opaque heroine. Unusual structure. Vivid Congolese milieu.
Tells a textured story about three specific people, a specific community, and a wider set of regional circumstances, without recycling old tropes.
Photo © 2017 Strand Releasing/Andolfi/Granit Films
Not yet reviewed in full.
Berlin Film Festival
: Silver Bear (Grand Jury Prize)
Chicago International Film Festival
: Silver Hugo (Grand Jury Prize)