Press 27 SEP 2015

Joachim Lafosse wins “Best Director” in San Sebastian

Saturday evening, during the closing ceremony of the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festial, the international jury, chaired by Danish actress Paprika Steen, awarded the Silver Shell for Best Director to Joachim Lafosse for The White Knights. After Toronto last week, the film had its European premiere in San Sebastian, one of the oldest and most prestigious festivals of the continent. Visibly captivated by the film, the Basque audience saluted with long minutes of applause Joachim Lafosse and Louise Bourgoin who both came to present the film.

Shot in the Erfoud region in Morocco, The White Knights is inspired by the “Arche de Zoé” case that made headlines in 2007. Written by Joachim Lafosse, Thomas Van Zuylen and Bulle Decarpentries, the film questions «the limits and complexity of humanitarian aid and intervention in Africa ».

Vincent Lindon stars as a charismatic NGO leader and Valerie Donzelli as a journalist reporting on an operation that aims to rescue 300 orphans, victims of the civil war in West Sudan. Supporting cast includes Louise Bourgoin and Reda Kateb as well as Stéphane Bissot, Raphaëlle Bruneau, Jean-Henri Compère, Philippe Rebbot, Yannick Renier, Tatiana Rojo, Catherine Salée, Luc Van Grunderbeeck and Bintou Rimtobaye.

The film is produced by Versus production (Jacques-Henri and Olivier Bronckart) in Belgium, Les films du Worso (Sylvie Pialat) in France, France 3 Cinéma, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, Le Pacte, Prime Time, RTBF and Proximus. With the participation of Canal +, Ciné +, France Télévisions. With the support of the Tax Shelter of Federal Belgian government, Inver Invest, Indie Sales Company, Indie Invest and Soficinéma. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonia et the Brussels Capital Region, Eurimages, the MEDIA Program of the European community, VOO and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Indie Sales handle international sales. The film will be released in Belgium by O’Brother distribution and in France by Le Pacte. Release is scheduled for january 2016.

The San Sebastian Film Festival is one of the major European festivals with Cannes, Berlin, Locarno and Venice. It prides itself in screening art house films and enjoys an exceptional popularity.