We Recommend ELZA *Winner, Fespaco Award -Le Bonheur d’Elza- by female director Mariette Monpierre , screening 12/6/14 #ADIFF
Winner Best Picture, Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival
Winner Paul Robeson Award, Best Picture of the Diaspora, FESPACO, Africa
Winner Best Narrative Feature, Roxbury International Film Festival
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
Nominated for Best Picture, UrbanWorld Film Festival
Nominated for Best Picture, BronzeLense Festival
Nominated for Best Diaspora Feature, 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)
Nominated for Best Picture, French Afro-Caribbean Arts Awards
Nominated for Best Foreign Picture and Best Film and Best Film at Black Reel Awards
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.
Mariette Monpierre began her career at BBDO New York producing commercials for Pepsi Cola, Visa, Campbell’s, Bayer, Pizza Hut, Gillette and FedEx. Her first short film “Rendez-Vous” had a successful run in several major international film festivals. ELZA won three awards at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2012 and was awarded Best Narrative Feature at the Roxbury Film Festival. ELZA is Monpierre’s first feature length film and the first narrative film by a female director shot in Guadeloupe.
An intoxicating 14-song soundtrack is woven skillfully throughout the drama. Performers include renowned Caribbean musicians Stevy Mahy, Victor O, Dédé Saint Prix, Soft, Krys, Edith Lefel, Rodrigue Marcel, K’Koustik, Jenny Alfa, Malavoi, Neg’Marrons & Lynnsha, Rony Théophile. Musical theme composed by David Fackeure. Complete soundtrack is available on itunes and Amazon.
Discover the great music of Guadeloupe!
Elza’s lifelong desire to reunite with a father who abandoned her is widespread. An estimated 50% of African-American and Caribbean children are estranged from their fathers — a shocking number, given that in many cases these fathers are alive and have simply neglected their responsibility to their children. Is it a coincidence that in most cases these communities have a history of slavery wherein the father was forcibly taken from his family unit? Questions of skin color and ethnic appearance within the black culture are dramatically raised as the story of Elza, her father and his family unfolds with dazzling cinematography on the lush tropical island of Guadeloupe. The universal themes of this compelling film resonate immediately with audiences, and offer hope for future generations of fatherless children.
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.