The opening was made by an evening with a thousand lights through the first Congolese film ” Félicité ”, screened in the presence of its Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis. Filmed in Kinshasa, the film received the grand prize of the jury at the béliinage and the gold standard at Fespaco 2017. It is Friday June 23 at the French Institute of Kinshasa otherwise called Halle de la Gombe that this festival Was opened and took place. And, on Sunday, July 2, the lanterns went out. To return to the opening night, there were several prominent personalities, many of whom did not fail to return to wish. In particular, the ambassador of the European Union in the DRC, and the ambassador of France …

The public, which, from June 23 to July 2, enhanced its presence by these assizes, was also heterogeneous. Indeed, there were several people, all nationalities combined. All of them, according to the opinions expressed, came to encourage Congolese creativity, friendship with the old continent and finally the festival itself. The film ” Félicité ” broadcast at the start of this cultural event was made possible thanks to the Enuque, a cultural association, and the participation of European filmmakers. After the screening of this cinematic opus, the mythical group Kasaï Allstars was on stage of the big hall, to offer the public a magnificent concert.

The Travel Festival

Many themes will have been addressed this year during the European Film Festival, thanks to a rather rich programming.

Migration to Europe, a passion for football, friendship between children, love affairs, the economic crisis, major explorations and other themes were all on the menu. ” The films also bring us outside of Europe with an opus like MALI Blues … ”, the organisers said.

At the closing, it was the theatrical troupe Les Intrigants that was on the program for a spectacle dazzling.

This festival illustrates the friendship between Europe and Congo DRC. A friendship that goes beyond institutional relations and provides an opportunity for exchange and sharing. I hope to share with you all the cinematic moments that will inspire us in our work and life of the weeks and months to come, “said Mr. Bart Ouvry, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union In Kinshasa.