AfricAvenir – German Premiere: « Elza » with Director Mariette Monpierre and Protagonist Stana Roumillac in Attendance
20:00 – 23:00. Un film de Mariette Monpierre (Guadeloupe), en présence de la réalisatrice Mariette Monpierre et de l’actrice principale Stana Roumillac. Africiné est partenaire de cet évènement.


A young Parisian woman of Caribbean descent returns to her native island of Guadeloupe looking for the father she has never known.

Elza’s mother Bernadette has tried hard to give her daughter everything. She is thrilled when Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master’s degree. But Elza breaks her mother’s heart by running off to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers. Based on director Mariette Monpierre’s own life experience, this feature debut captures the passion and contradictions of a family in transition while offering a rare insider’s view of Caribbean culture. This riveting 80-minute feature, filmed on location in Paris and the French West Indies, explores the emotional journey of a young Parisian woman who returns to her native island of Guadeloupe in search of the father she has never known.

2011, Guadeloupe, Fiction, 1h19 minutes, couleur, HD

Réalisé par Mariette Monpierre
Écrit par Mariette Monpierre & Mama Keïta

Stana Roumillac (Elza)
Vincent Byrd Le Sage (Monsieur Désiré)
Christophe Cherki (Bernard)
Sophie Berger (Madame Désiré)
Jihane Botreau-Roubel (Marie)
Auriana Annonay (Christine)
Eva Constant (Caroline)
Mariette Monpierre (Bernadette)
Nancy Fleurival (Sophie Léopold)
Yvon Potier (Banquier Léopold)
Grégory Blaineau (Loueur de scooters)

Michel Reinette, Késiah Geran, Jack Dugan, Sandrine Merguin, Laureine Beck, Arold Sorbe, Isabelle Kancel, Laurence Joseph, Darkman, Kengy Larochelle, Isabelle Kancel, Gustave Bassieros, Stan Pasquin.

Musique: David Fackeure
Montage: Jerome Raim
Image: Remi Mazet

Awards & Nominations
Winner Best Picture, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, USA
Winner Paul Robeson Award, Best Picture of the Diaspora, FESPACO, Burkina Faso
Winner Best Narrative Feature, Roxbury International Film Festival, USA
Winner Best First Feature Special Jury Recognition, Pan African Film Festival, L.A.
Winner BAFTA Festival Choice and Festival Programmers’ Awards, PAFF, L.A.
Runner up Best International Feature, San Francisco Black Film Festival
Nominated for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, American Black Film Festival, Miami, USA
Nominated for Best Picture, UrbanWorld Film Festival, New York, USA
Nominated for Best Picture, BronzeLense Festival, Atlanta, USA
Nominated for Best Diaspora Feature, 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Niegeria
Nominated for Best Picture, French Afro-Caribbean Arts Awards, France
Nominated for Best Foreign Picture and Best Film at Black Reel Awards, USA

21.01.2015, 20:00 – 23:00

7,50€; ermäßigt: Berlinpass, 5er & 10er Karte, Gildepass, Heavy User Card; 030 283 46 03;

Hackesche Höfe Kino
Rosenthaler Straße 40/41
10178 Berlin.

Following the screening, a public discussion with Director Mariette Monpierre and protagonist Stana Roumillac will take place, as well as a small reception in the cinema foyer.

With financial support by Senatskanzlei der Stadt Berlin.

Media Partners:
Africiné, SEV-Magazin, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Club der Freunde von RFI, Berlin Poche, rendez-vous-cine.de, Exberliner, multicult.fm, Art Labour Archives, Planète Métis, Contemporary &, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland
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