“Felicite,” a story about a club artist who needs to gather funds to pay for her child’s treatment after a road accident, won the top prize on Saturday at Africa’s top cinema festival.
The prize follows Silver Bear jury prize awarded to the film two weeks earlier at the Berlin Film Festival.
The film is directed by Senegalese-French Alain Gomis, who in 2013 was praised for “Tey” (in French, “Aujourd’hui,” or “Today) — a story about a young Senegalese who knows he is about to die, and looks at his life through new eyes.
The festival’s Silver Stallion was awarded to “Un Orage Africain” (An African Storm), an anti-colonial tale by Benin director Sylvestre Amoussou, and the Bronze Stallion to “A Mile in My Shoes,” a drama by Said Khallaf of Morocco.
Loosely modelled on the Cannes Film Festival, the event, known by its French acronym of FESPACO, is held every two years and accepts for competition only films made by African filmmakers.