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Films by Gomis, Tucci delight viewers at Berlin Film Fest

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/11/2017
Director Alain Gomis speaks during a press conference for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Director Alain Gomis speaks during a press conference for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

BERLIN (AP) — Senegalese director Alain Gomis has delighted viewers at the Berlin Film Festival with "Felicite," a movie about the life and struggles of a singer in the Congo city of Kinshasa.

Actress Vero Tshanda Beya, left, and director Alain Gomis, right, pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Actress Vero Tshanda Beya, left, and director Alain Gomis, right, pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The move, shown Saturday to much applause, tells the story of Felicite, played by Véro Tshanda Beya Mputo, who is struggling to raise money for an operation for her son, who was injured in an accident.

Actor Gaetan Claudia poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Actor Gaetan Claudia poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Gomis told reporters he wanted to show that people "can fight for their dignity in all circumstances — and how good that is."

Actor Papi Mpaka poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press Actor Papi Mpaka poses for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Felicite' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The movie is one of 18 movies competing for the festival's top Golden Bear award.

From left, actor Armie Hammer, director Stanley Tucci and actress Clemence Poesy pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) © The Associated Press From left, actor Armie Hammer, director Stanley Tucci and actress Clemence Poesy pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Also screened Saturday in Berlin was "Final Portrait," directed by Stanley Tucci, about the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti. It is not part of the Golden Bear competition.

From left, actor Armie Hammer, director Stanley Tucci and actress Clemence Poesy pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

From left, actor Armie Hammer, director Stanley Tucci and actress Clemence Poesy pose for the photographers during a photo call for the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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