Press 08 JUN 2021

Two more films from Wallonia Brussels heading to Cannes!

Two new selections have been announced! Rachel Lang’s second feature Our Men will close the Director’s Fortnight and debut film by Simon Coulibaly Gillard Aya will be presented in the ACID selection.
A truly historical year for Belgian French-speacking cinema in Cannes!

Our Men, staring Louis Garrel (Les Chansons d’Amour, ADN), Camille Cottin (Call my agent!, Room 212), Ina Marija Bartas and Alexander Kuznetsov, is the second feature by Rachel Lang after Baden Baden, presented at the Berlinale Forum back in 2016. She also directed many short films awarded in numerous festivals: Pour toi, je ferai bataille, Les Navets blancs empêchent de dormir or La Nuit, elle ment.
They come from all four corners of the world and they have one thing in common: The Foreign Legion, their new family. Our Men tells their stories: the stories of the women who struggle to keep their love fire burning; the stories of the men who leave for battle; the stories of these couples, being born on hostile ground.
Our Men is produced by Wrong Men with the support of Wallonia-Brussels Federation. International sales and French distribution are handled by BAC Films and the Belgian distribution by Imagine Film Distribution.
Aya by Simon Gillard Coulibaly will be presented within the very selective ACID Line-up. It is the third debut film from Wallonia-Brussels selected in Cannes this year after Zero Fucks Given by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre (Critics’ Week) and Playground by Laura Wandel (Un Certain Regard).
During the last decade, Simon Coulibaly Gillard has directed three successful documentaries, all shot in Africa: Anima, Yaar and Boli bana.
Aya, produced by Michigan Films with the support of Wallonia-Brussels Federation, was shot in Ivory Coast.
Aya grows up with her mother on the island of Lahou. Joyful and carefree, she likes to pick coconuts and sleep on the sand. However, her paradise is doomed to disappear under the waters. As the waves threaten her house, Aya makes a choice: the sea can rise, but she will not leave her island.
The Costaricain/European coproduction Clara Sola by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén has also been selected by the Director’s Fortnight. The film is coproduced by Brussels based Need Productions with the support of Wallonia-Brussels Federation. International sales are handled by Luxbox.
Clara, 40, is believed to have a special connection to God. As a "healer", she sustains a family and a village in need of hope, while she finds solace in her relationship with the natural world. After years of being controlled by her mother’s repressive care, Clara’s sexual desires are stirred by her attraction to her niece’s new boyfriend. This newly awakened force takes Clara to unexplored territory, allowing her to cross boundaries, both physical and mystical. Empowered by her self-discovery, Clara gradually frees herself from her role as “saint” and begins to heal herself.
Created in 1969 by the French Directors’ Guild (SRF, Société des Réalisateurs de Films), the Directors’ Fortnight is a parallel selection of the Cannes Film Festival that showcases a wide spectrum of films and highlights the most singular and visionary practices in contemporary cinema.
The Directors’ Fortnight has presented films and supported filmmakers, including Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Chantal Akerman, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne, Sofia Coppola, Céline Sciamma, Ruben Östlund or Xavier Dolan.
ACID is an association of film directors which, since 1992, has been promoting the cinema distribution of independent films and encouraging debates between authors and audiences. The strength of the solidarity chain it has built for the last 28 years lies on its founding principle: the support given by filmmakers to other filmmakers, French or international.