Press 16 APR 2018

[CANNES] "Our Struggles" at Critics' Week

Cannes Critics' Week, a Cannes Festival Sidebar, unveiled the selection for its 57th edition on Monday 16 April. Our Struggles, the second feature film by Belgian director Guillaume Senez, will be presented at a special screening.

Our Struggles is Guillaume Senez's second feature film, following Keeper (2016), which had an excellent international career, garnering over 70 festival selections, twenty or so awards including three Magritte and cinema releases in about a dozen territories.

Our Struggles tells the story of Olivier (Romain Duris). At work, he struggles to fight injustice. But from one day to the next, when his wife Laura (Lucie Debay) walks out, he is forced to juggle between his children's education, his family life and his career. Faced with his new responsibilities, he battles to find a new balance, because Laura never returns.

The cast includes Romain Duris, Laetitia Dosch, Laure Calamy, Dominique Valadié, Belgian actress Lucie Debay and, playing the children, the young Belgian actors Basile Grunberger and Lena Girard Voss.

The film was developed in Belgium by the partnership that worked on Keeper – it was co-produced by Iota Production (French-speaking Belgium) and Savage Film (Flanders), distributed by Cinéart and marketed internationally by Be For Films.

In France, Our Struggles was co-produced by Les Films Pelleas and will be distributed there by Haut et Court.

The film is supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation's Cinema and Audiovisual Centre, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), RTBF, VOO and Be tv, the Belgian federal government's Tax Shelter, Casa Kafka Pictures, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the CNC, Ciné +, Indéfilms 6, the Normandy region and Cinémage 12 Développement in partnership with the CNC and finally the European Union MEDIA programme.

Guillaume Senez was born in Brussels in 1978. He has directed several short films selected by a number of festivals: La Quadrature du Cercle (2005), Dans nos veines (2009) and UHT (2012). In 2016, he directed his first feature film, Keeper, which was selected by over 70 festivals (including Toronto, Locarno and Angers) and received more than twenty prizes, including three Magritte in February 2016 (best first film, best editing and best supporting actress for the Belgian performer Catherine Salée). All his work has been produced by Isabelle Truc (Iota Production).

Since its creation by the Syndicat Français de la Critique de Cinéma in 1962, Critics' Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, has dedicated itself to discovering young film talents and promoting their first and second feature films. Jacques Audiard, Alejandro González Iñarritu, Ken Loach, François Ozon, Wong Kar Wai and, more recently, César Augusto Acevedo, Julia Ducournau, David R Mitchell, Santiago Mitre, Jeff Nichols and Rebecca Zlotowski were all revealed to the world at Critics' Week.