Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Felicite' Named Best Foreign-Language Film

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Acting prizes went to Nakhane Toure for 'The Wound' and Daniela Vega for 'A Fantastic Woman.'

Alain Gomis’ Felicite, the story of a single mom and nightclub singer in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, received the FIPRESCI Prize for best foreign-language film of the year at the 29th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. The drama, submitted by Senegal, also is on the shortlist for the best foreign-language film Academy Award.

The fest's Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Richard Loncraine's British romantic comedy Finding Your Feet, while the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to Mark Hayes' Skid Row Marathon.

The fest, which has screened 180 films from 77 countries and runs through Monday, announced its juried prizes on Saturday.

The FIPRESCI acting prizes went to Nakhane Toure for South Africa’s The Wound, directed by John Trengrove, and to Daniela Vega for Chile’s A Fantastic Woman, directed by Sebastian Lelio. Both films are also on the Oscar shortlist.

 A complete list of winners follows:

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Finding Your Feet (UK), directed by Richard Loncraine

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Skid Row Marathon (US), directed by Mark Hayes

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Felicite (Senegal), directed by Alain Gomis

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actor in a Foreign Language Film
Nakhane Touré in The Wound (South Africa)

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film
Daniela Vega in A Fantastic Woman (Chile)

New Voices New Visions Award
The Charmer (Denmark), directed by Milad Alami.
Honorable Mention for Exceptional Direction: Léa Mysius for Ava (France)

The John Schlesinger Award
Brimstone and Glory (U.S./Mexico), directed by Viktor Jakovleski

Cine Latino Award
Killing Jesús (Colombia/Argentina), directed by Laura Mora
Honorable Mention: A Fantastic Woman (Chile), directed by Sebastián Lelio

HP Bridging the Borders Award
The Insult (Lebanon), directed by Ziad Doueiri

Jan. 14, 2018, 8:10 p.m.: Updated to include Audience Award winners