1969. American jazz icon Thelonious Monk arrives in Paris for a series of concerts. Before those, he records a program for a French TV channel. Raw footage from the show reveals the oppressive atmosphere behind the scenes. Alain Gomis’ structuring of the archive material reveals the musician’s discomfort and uneasiness, as Monk tries to escape the television dynamics by resorting to his only outlet: music. (G. B.)
Franco-Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis made his directorial debut in 2002 with "L'afrance", a film about the struggles of migrants in France which won a Silver Leopard award at the Locarno Film Festival. His film "Andalucia" was shown at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. "Aujourd’hui" (Tey), shown in competition at the Berlinale, won a Golden Stallion at Fespaco. He returned to the Berlinale in 2017 with "Félicité". The film won him the competition’s Grand Jury Prize, a second Gold Stallion at Fespaco.