The jury chaired by Alain-Rock Ngoma assisted by Atacha Mashini and Ruffin Mbou Mikima showed itself fastidious in its task to the point of excluding the prizes for the best screenplay and the best direction, two awards planned initially which he did not find convenient to grant to this third edition.
At the launch of the International Film Festival of Kinshasa in 2016, 5 July, eight Congolese films competing for six awards had been announced. Ultimately, only four were awarded at the closing ceremony, on 9 July. Les Dépêches de Brazzaville have it from Ruffin Mbou that this change was made deliberately by the jury. “We wanted to bring prizes back to just four categories because we were very demanding for this third edition of Fickin. We were offered a best screenplay category, but for us, it is clear that in every movie there are still big scripting problems. Thence, we could not afford to give awards for the best script while people are still struggling to write screenplays. It was the same for best director, it was also difficult to find among the films in contention, those whose directing was extraordinary,” said the first deputy chairman of the jury. Thus, instead of rewarding best director, it chose rather to give award to the best film. Therefore, it is Calvaire, Austin Kashala’s short film, which won it.
The pathetic story of Morgane Adrien whose son was condemned by a cancer had touched movie lovers at its screening, two days before its consecration. For the jury, Calvaire is the most successful of all the films in competition. For Ruffin Mbou, “this does not mean that it is completely there and has no flaws.” And specifying that “it a lot of it moreover other places”, he adds, however: “But it has the advantage of having a rather interesting construction and more accomplished than the other.”
Basekwi, the jury’s favourite
As for the jury’s very favourite, the director thus expressed himself: ” we noticed in junior Kannah’s proposal, the movie Basekwi, something very interesting. He tried to mix fiction and documentary. And, the bias to fetch these old glories of the Congolese music and to create this part(party) fiction with real characters who take shape, they are it really. It was for us, the best proposal in terms of direction.” But still on this famous favourite: “It is not an accomplished movie, we agree on that, there are faults as in all the movies. However, there is there nevertheless director’s real proposal different from other movies where we have a more or less classic formulation “. If the jury says that the content of Basekwi is pretty mundane, the presentation of musicians from Bakolo International Music announcing their return is not an extraordinary thing “but we liked the proposed direction”, added Ruffin Mbou. And to conclude its assessment as follows: “For us it is more an encouragement award than a prize to mean he is the best of all.”
And as for best actor and best actress, they were granted respectively to Gaddafi Mbuyamba and Paradise Mananga. The first is the main character of the film Cuppa Sylvain Kalala while the latter played a secondary role in his own film entitled Le Diable au plafond. The performances of the two actors were deemed significant by the jury which did not find fault with it.