News 23 SEP 2013

Tenderness & Henri selected at the 29th Warsaw Film Festival

The 29th Warsaw Film Festival will be held from October 11 to 20. This will be an opportunity for the audience to discover Tenderness, Henri and Bandits.

Starring Olivier Gourmet and Maryline Canto, Tenderness by Marion Hänsel, produced by Man's Film tells the story of a couple, separated for the past 15 years, who find themselves together again for the duration of a two day journey to go and get their son, hospitalized in another country after a serious ski accident. What do they still feel for one another, indifference, rancor, jealousy? Or perhaps complicity, friendship and, who knows, love. This light-hearted road movie, which takes us from Brussels to the summit of the Alps, will allow us to discover two profoundly sincere beings for whom we can only feel affection.

Yolande Moreau’s awaited Henri was selected in the « Special Screenings » section. Henri, which was shot in the north of Belgium and France, tells the story of two marginal loners: Henri (performed by theatre director and actor Pippo Delbono), a reclusive, washed out man in his fifties who has turned to drinking, and Rosette (Candy Ming, whom we previously saw in Louise-Michel, Mammuth and Le Grand Soir by the duo Kervern-Delépine), a slightly mentally handicapped woman who dreams of love, sex and being normal...

Henri, which was shown earlier this year as Cannes Director’s Fortnight’s closing film, is a French-Belgian co-production Versus production, Christmas in July, Prime Time, RTBF, Inver Invest, the Centre du cinéma of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Belgacom TV with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government. The film will be released in the Benelux by O’Brother and in France by Le Pacte, which will also handle its international sales.

Produced by Entre Chien et Loup, Antoine Giorgini's Bandits is the story of two teenagers. "After committing robberies at a supermarket car park, two young thugs, Jimmy and Limo, hide out in the woods to shake off their pursuers. They come across a boar injured by a bullet and Jimmy goes on a mad mission to save the animal." This film had been selected by WBImages to be part of its program at the Short Film Corner, this year in Cannes.

In 2009 the Warsaw Film Festival became one of 14 events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations as international film festivals - next to Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian, Karlovy Vary, Tokyo, Moscow, Mar del Plata, Montreal, Shanghai, Cairo, and Goa. The programme of the WFF is divided into five competitive and five non-competitive sections.