Two films subsidized by the Belgian Development Cooperation awarded at Berlinale

Félicité   InSyriated

Félicité and InSyriated, two films subsidized by the Belgian Development Cooperation, were awarded at Berlinale. The Berlin International Film Festival, that took place from 9 to 19 February 2017, showed approximately 400 films of every genre, length and format.

Félicité, a film directed by the French-Senegalese Alain Gomis, won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. It was supported by the Belgian Development Cooperation for 37 100 euros in 2015. Félicité is an independent woman who sings in a bar in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). When she goes on stage, she forgets her daily worries. Her life changes when her son has a motorcycle accident. She desperately tries to raise money to pay for his operation.

InSyriated, directed by the Belgian Philippe Van Leeuw, received two prizes: the Panorama Audience Award, which is determined through votes of the Berlinale visitors, and the Europa Cinemas Label that highlights European films. The film got a 30 754 euros subsidy of the Belgian Development Cooperation in 2016. The film takes us to Syria, where a family has to hide inside their apartment to stay safe from the raging war outside. Every decision could be a matter of life or death.