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Senegalese film Felicite feted at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Senegalese movie Felicite has added another feather to its brimming cap with an award at the 29th Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Best Foreign Language Film.

The Oscar-nominated film was chosen from a selection that included 44 other films that had been submitted for consideration in Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film.

Directed by French-Senegalese Alain Gomis, Felicite is set in Kinshasa, DR Congo and follows the titular character, a single mother, a nightclub singer, as she tries up and down to get a hefty amount of money so that her son, who’s just suffered a terrible accident, won’t have his leg amputated.

Since its 2017 debut at the Berlin International Film Festival, Felicite has had an impressive run, scooping accolades across the globe. In Berlin, it scooped the Jury Grand Prix, and this was followed up by a Yennenga Gold Stallion at FESPACO, Africa’s longest running film festival. Besides the Gold Stallion, Felicite also took home the Best Sound Award.

A few months later, Felicite was the center of attention at the Africa Academy Movie Awards, where it had been nominated in 12 categories and won 6, including Best Film, Best Soundtrack, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Then towards the end of the year, it was announced that, in Senegal’s first submission to that Academy Awards, Felicite had made the shortlist of nine films for consideration in the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.

At the Palm Springs International Festival, FIPRESCI, The International Federation of Film Critics, also awarded its Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film to South Africa’s Nakhane Toure, who stars in The Wound, which, like Felicite, has been nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.