Press 03 JUN 2021

Joachim Lafosse enters competition of 74th Cannes Film Festival!

An exceptional year for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation with two French-language Belgian and three Belgian coproductions in the festival’s Official Selection.

Joachim Lafosse will be taking his first steps in the Competition with his 9th film, The Restless. Playground, a first film, directed by the young director Laura Wandel is competing in “Un certain regard”.

Three coproductions which are also supported by the Cinema and Audio-visual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation will also be screened as part of this Official Selection. The selections for the parallel sections – “Directors’ Fortnight”, “International Critics Week” and “ACID” - will be announced at the start of next week.

Joachim Lafosse is competing for the first time in the prestigious Competition at the Cannes festival with The Restless.
This is his fourth entry in the Cannes festival. He presented Our Children in “Un certain regard” in 2012 when Emilie Dequenne won the Best Actress Award. He also presented Private Lessons in 2008 and After Love in 2016, which were both screened in the “Directors’ Fortnight”.
 
Leïla and Damien love each other deeply. Despite his bipolarity, he tries to continue life with her, knowing that he may never be able to give her what she desires.
 
Produced by Stenola Productions with the support of the Cinema and Audio-visual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, international sales are handeled by Luxbox. It will be released in Belgium by Cinéart and in France by Les Films du losange.
It features Damien Bonnard (Les Misérables), Leïla Bekthi (Tout ce qui brille) and the Belgian actor Patrick Descamps (La raison du plus faible)
 
A first feature film, Playground by the director Laura Wandel is being showcased in “Un certain regard”.
Laura Wandel, a graduate from the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD), is returning to the Croisette, seven years after the selection of her short film Les Corps étrangers, which was presented in Competition in 2014.
 
7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel are back to school. When Nora witnesses Abel being bullied by other kids, she rushes to protect him by warning their father. But Abel forces her to remain silent. Caught in a conflict of loyalty, Nora will ultimately try to find her place, torn between children's and adult's worlds.

The film features the young Belgian actors Maya Vanderbeque and Gunter Duret in the leading roles as well as Karim Leklou (Hippocrate), Laura Verlinden (The Brand New Testament) and Sophia Leboutte (La Trêve).
 
Playground is produced by Dragon films with the support of the Cinema and Audio-visual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Indie Sales is responsible for international sales and the film will be released in Belgian cinemas by Lumière.

Several coproductions with Belgium.
 
Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s new film Lingui, the Sacred Bonds is being presented in the Competition. This film was co-produced by Beluga Tree, with the support of the Cinema and Audio-visual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. International sales of the film are by Films boutique.
 
On the outskirts of N'djamena in Chad, Amina lives alone with her only 15-year-old daughter Maria. Her already fragile world collapses the day she discovers that her daughter is pregnant. The teenager does not want this pregnancy. In a country where abortion is not only condemned by religion, but also by law, Amina finds herself facing a battle that seems lost in advance...

Also in competition, Titane, the new feature by Julia Ducournau who shook up La Croisette back 2016 with her first feature, Raw.

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Staring Vincent Lindon and Agathe Rousselle, the film supported by Wallonia-Brussels Federation is coproduced in Belgium by Frakas Productions. O'Brother will release the film in Belgium
 
La Civil by Teodora Mihai, co-produced by Films du fleuve, with the support of the Cinema and Audio-visual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation has also been selected for “Un certain regard”.
 
La Civil tells the story of Cielo, a mother in search of her daughter, abducted by a drug cartel in Northern Mexico. As the authorities fail to offer support in the search, Cielo takes matters into her own hands and turns from housewife into avenging activist. The story was inspired by true events.
 
The Official Selection for the 74th Festival was presented to the French and International press on 3 June by Pierre Lescure, President of the Cannes Festival and Thierry Frémaux, General Delegate. Following a year of inactivity, after the 2020 Festival was cancelled due to the health crisis, this is the first time that festivalgoers will be meeting at the height of summer, from 6 to 17 July, and this will be the first big international cinema event after several months of virtual festivals and sales.