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Joachim Lafosse honored at the Rome Film Fest 2023!

Joachim Lafosse was awarded Best Director for his film "A Silence" at the 18th Rome Film Fest.

At the 18th Rome Film Fest, Joachim Lafosse ("Les Intranquilles," "L’économie du couple") has received the award for Best Director for his film A Silence. The film, which was also part of the Official Selection competition, features Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Devos and tells the story of Astrid, the wife of a famous lawyer who has been silent for 25 years. Her family's balance is disrupted when her children seek justice. The film continues its festival tour shortly after its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. It is produced by Stenola Productions and internationally distributed by Les Films du Losange.

During its 2023 edition, which took place from October 18th to October 29th, Rome hosted no less than four French-speaking Belgian films.

In the Alice nella Città parallel section competition, there were two French-speaking Belgian feature films.

The audience had the opportunity to discover Katika Bluu, a world premiere by Stéphane Vuillet & Stephane Xhrouet, produced by Hélicotronc.

Set in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in September 2022, the film follows BRAVÓ, a 16-year-old, who is extracted from an armed group by the CTO (Transit and Orientation Center) team to be reintegrated into society. But the young man, who has only known war and combat, does not conform to the center's rules. A lieutenant in the forest, Bravo refuses to be treated like the other children and does not want this new place they want to offer him. Yet secretly, he dreams of only one thing, to reunite with his family.

As for Clenched Fist by Vivian Goffette, produced by Dragons Films, it began its international career a few weeks after its world premiere at the FIFF Namur.

Lucien lives quietly with his mother Cécile and his older brother in a village in the Ardennes. Carrying a heavy secret, he avoids contact as much as questions. However, he becomes closer to Freddy, Lies' father, his only friend, and spends his time in Freddy's modest sawmill. But when Lucien's grandmother dies and his father is granted a prison release to attend the funeral, everything changes. Seeing his father, distraught, handcuffed, and protected from public fury by an impressive police presence, deeply affects Lucien. Against the advice of those around him, Lucien wants to see his father again, even at the risk of losing everything.

Lastly, Eldorado by Mathieu Volpe, produced by Velvet Films, was selected in the International Short Film Competition category.

Originally from Cameroon, Awa works as a snow groomer driver in La Thuile, the last Italian town before France. At the end of her shift, she crosses paths with a young migrant desperately trying to cross the border. Helping him traverse the mountains may be her only way to silence a constant and nagging guilt.

It's also worth noting the selection of French-speaking Belgian co-productions supported by the Centre du Cinéma: Sirocco et le Royaume des courants d'air by Benoît Chieux (produced by Take Five and internationally sold by Kinology) and For Night Will Come by Céline Rouzet (produced by Altitude 100 and internationally sold by Playtime). Additionally, the production company Les Films du Fleuve is involved in Black Box by Asli Özge.

Congratulations to Joachim Lafosse for his award!



A Silence

Joachim Lafosse

Feature film / Fiction

Katika Bluu

Stéphane Vuillet and Stéphane Xhrouet

Feature film / Fiction

Clenched Fist

Vivian Goffette

Feature film / Fiction