News 04 JUN 2020

Home Front by Lucas Belvaux in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes

The Festival de Cannes has announced on the 3rd of June the Official Selection of this very special 2020 edition.

Amongst 56 selected films, Home Front, the eleventh feature length film by Lucas Belvaux, along with three French-speaking Belgian co-productions supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles : En route pour le milliard by Dieudo Hamadi, co-produced by Neon Rouge Productions ; Rouge by Farid Bentoumi, co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve ; Should the Wind Fall by Nora Martirosyan, co-produced by Kwassa Films.

As explained by General Deleguate Thierry Frémaux, the selection committee of the festival was at work when the event was canceled. The festival thought it was important to finalise its selection and share the list of films it would have liked to program. These films will go into other festivals in the next months like Telluride, Toronto, Deauville, San Sebastian, Pusan, Angoulême (for French Films), Morelia, New York, Lyon, Rome, Rio, Tokyo, Mumbaï, Mar del Plata and Sundance.

The selection of Home Front is the comeback of Lucas Belvau at Cannes, fourteen years after The Right of the Weakest (2006 competition). Home Front is an adpation of the eponymous novel by Laurent Mauvignier, starring Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot, Jean-Pierre Daroussin and introducing the young Belgian actor Yoann Zimmer.

Synopsis: In 1960 they were called up to fight in the Algerian War. Two years later, Bernard, Rabut, Février and others came back to France. They kept quiet, living in silence. But 40 years later, it takes almost nothing — a birthday party, or a gift held in one’s pocket — for the past to overwhelm those who have denied it for so long.

Home Front is produced un Belgium by Artémis Productions and in France by Synecdoche. The film has the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, RTBF, Voo-Betv, Shelter Prod. With the participation of Canal +, Ciné +, France Télévisions, Ad Vitam Distribution, le Fonds Image de la Diversité, le Commissariat Général à l'Egalité des Territoires, le CNC, Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Procirep, Angoa. En association avec Taxshelter.be, ING, La Banque Postale Image 13, Manon 10, Sofitvciné 7, Cinéaxe.

The film will be distributed in Belgium by Cinéart and in France by Ad Vitam Distribution. International sales will be handled by The Party Film Sales and Wild Bunch international.

En route pour le milliard by the Congolese director Dieudo Hamadi is a feature length documentary film co-produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France and Belgium.

The films tels the story of the victims of the Six-Day War, in Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, struggling for twenty years now to gain recognition of the conflict, its belligerents and the financial compensations. Revolted by the ruler’s indifference, they decide to take on a rough trip on the Congo river to the capital city Kinshasa to make their voices heard.

The film is co-produced in Belgium by Neon Rouge, in Congo by Kiripifilms Films and in France by Les Films de l'Oeil sauvage. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, l'Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (CNC - Institut Français), TV5 Monde, Al Jazeera Documentary Chanel, Région Sud PACA, Procirep Angoa, Taxshelter.be, ING, IDFA Bertha Fund Classics and Europe, Hot Docs Blue Ice Documentary Fund, Brouillon d'un Rêve (SCAM), développement Procirep-Angoa, Venice Biennale’ Jury’s Price at Final Cut in Venice, Laser film Price at Takmil. International Sales are handled by Andana Films.

Another selected film is Rouge by Algerian director Farid Bentoumi, co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve in Belgium and Les Films Velvet in France. The film is supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, RTBF and Voo-Betv. It is distributed in Belgium by Cinéart and in France by Ad Vitam. WTFilms handles international sales.

The film tells the story of Nour who just got hired as a nurse in the chemical factory where works her father, the union delegate and pivotal point of the factory since forever. As the factory undergoes a sanitary evaluation, a young journalist investigates the waste management. The two young women will progressively discover, a cornerstone of the local economy, hides many things. Between lies about polluting waste, fixed medical files or hidden accidents, Nour will have to choose between remaining silent or betray her father and bring the truth to the light of day.

Last but not least, Should the Wind Fall by Armenian director Nora Martirosyan, co-produced by Kwassa Films in Belgium, Sister Productions in France and Aneva Production in Armenia. The film is supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. With the help of Amiens Festival, CNC, Eurimage, Hubert Bals Fund, Kinokentron, Région Nouvelle Aquitaine, Région Occitanie, Procirep, Sofica, BNP Paribas Fortis and TV5 Monde.

The film follows the story of Alain, a French international auditor, comes to review the airport of a self-proclaimed republic from the Caucasia to authorize its reopening. As an experimented professional, Alain takes on his duty seriously. As the audit goes through interviews with employees and business trips, he discovers a country that only exists on certain maps, but really is there in reality with its own population, its government, its institutions, its fields. Edgar, a young boy from the area, wanders around the airport and engages into fishy business. The grown up and the child end up meeting…