Le Bonheur d’Elza – Caribbean Film Database
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Le Bonheur d'Elza Mariette Monpierre, Gérard Lacroix, Mariette Monpierre, Edgard Tenembaum 2011 | Guadeloupe, France | French |
| Narrative Feature

A single mother in Paris, Bernadette tried hard to give her daughters everything. She is thrilled when her eldest, Elza, the first college graduate in the family, completes her master's degree summa cum laude. But, Elza breaks her mother's heart by running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood memory: the father she barely remembers. This feature debut by writer/director Mariette Monpierre offers an unusual insider's view of lush island culture as she captures the passion and contradictions of this family.

Produced by : Gérard Lacroix, Mariette Monpierre, Edgard Tenembaum

Cast: Stana Roumillac, Vincent Byrd Le Sage, Christophe Cherki, Sophie Berger

Awards: "Paul Robeson Award: Best Film of the Diaspora" - FESPACO, Ouaga, 2013.

"Best Ficción" - Roxbury International Film Festival.

"Best Picture" - Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival.

"Best First Feature" - Pan African Film Festival, L.A.

"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.

Nominated for "Best Diaspora Feature" - 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

Nominated for "Best Picture" - French Afro-Caribbean Arts Awards.

  • keywords:
  • abandonment, absentee father, reconciliation, gender, mystery, nanny, secrets