Deserving filmmakers and actors clinched awards at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival’s main focus from its inception is to shine a spotlight on international cinemas and it attracts around 135,000 people regularly.
Winners at this year’s festival included Senegal’s “Félicité,” which took the FIPRESCI prize for foreign language film, and South African singer and actor “Nakhane Touré” whose applaudable role in South African film ‘The wound’ (Inxeba) earned him the FIPRESCI Prize for best actor.
“Félicité” is a 2017 Senegalese drama film directed by Alain Gomis and produced by Arnaud Dommerc. It tells a story on how a bar entertainer struggles to get funds after her child is hospitalized. The film made the December shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. It had also earlier won the Jury Grand Prix award at Berlin. In 2017, it broke the record as the highest award winner at the Africa Movie Academy Award.