Press 23 APR 2012

"Beyond the Walls" selected at Critic's Week

Earlier today, Beyond the Walls (Hors les murs) , David Lambert’s debut feature, was announced as one of the seven films selected for this year’s 65th Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week.

This film, produced by Frakas Productions with Centre du Cinéma support, will be sold worldwide by Film Boutique and is scheduled for theatrical release in Canada in June.

Brussels, 2011. Paulo, a young pianist whose life is almost settled, meets Ilir, an Albanian bass player. It is love at first sight; the two fall for each other instantly.
Despite Ilir’s reticence - he is used to living a solitary life - Paulo leaves his girlfriend and moves into a tiny room with him. They settle into daily life together, overcoming their differences and living on love alone. The day Paulo pledges him everlasting love, Ilir leaves and does not return…. Ilir appears to have been imprisoned, arrested for a silly trifle...
David Lambert, born 1974 in the Belgian Ardennes, is a Liege University Romanic language and literature graduate. He began his professional career as a dramatist in the theatre, where he also made his first steps as a director. Just before his thirtieth birthday, he wrote his first script. He worked for French-speaking Belgian broadcaster RTBf’s children’s programme “Ici Blabla” for two years and subsequently became active as a co-writer for numerous French and Belgian filmmakers, the most recent of which, Bernard Bellefroid’s La Régate, was theatrically released in the autumn of 2009. That same year, he directed his first short film, Vivre encore un peu, which attracted a lot of attention at the Locarno Film Festival and which was shown at various international festivals.
Frakas Productions
Frakas Productions is an established production company specialized in documentary and short films. It was also co-producer of theatrical features, including Virginie Despentes’ Bye bye Blondie and Delphine Gleize’s La permission de Minuit. With Hors les Murs, the young Liege-based production company now makes a successful step towards producing theatrical features in its own right.
The Critics’ Week
This sidebar section of the Cannes Film Festival has steadfastly remained true to its tradition of discovering new talent. Ever since it was conceived by the French Union of Film Critics in 1962, its objective has been to showcase first and second features by directors from all across the globe. Bernardo Bertolucci, Jean Eustache, Otar Iosseliani, Ken Loach, Wong Kar Wai, Jacques Audiard, or even Arnaud Desplechin all launched their career at the Critics’ Week. Several Belgian directors also made their first steps on the international platform there, among whom Rémy Belvaux, Benoît Poelvoorde and André Bonzel with C'est arrivé près de chez vous (Man Bites Dog), Fabrice Du Welz with Calvaire, Martine Doyen with Komma, Micha Wald with Voleurs de chevaux and Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon with Rumba.