RACER AND THE JAILBIRD – Le Fidèle

By MichaëL R. Roskam


FILM INFO:
130 minutes. Belgium-France, 2017. Subtitled. D-Cinema

PLAYING:
21.00, Saturday 3rd, March / Gate Cinema


Features

RACER AND THE JAILBIRD
- Le Fidèle

AWARDS
● Palm Springs International Film Festival, Official Selection
● BFI London International Film Festival, Official Selection
● Toronto International Film Festival, Special Presentation
Official Competition
● Venice International Film Festival, Official Selection Out of Competition

racer and the jailbird

Sequel to Bullhead (2011) and the second in a trilogy, Racer and the Jailbird is loosely based on a particular moment in Belgian criminal history, mixing  adrenaline-fuelled accounts of notorious gangs with the world of motor racing. Love is at the centre of this, a couple thwarted by circumstance and the blows that fate deals them.

racer and the jailbird

Roskam describes it as ‘a fictional tale of love and crime, desire and failure… an Amour Noir’. When Gino/Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts) who works in the motor ‘import-export’ business meets racing driver Bibi/ Bénédicte (Adèle Exarchopoulos), there is instant chemistry between them. The film is a torrent of emotions, their love story orbiting terrific action set-pieces and glamourous cinematic moments, but always amidst a tangible grim reality.

WHERE AND WHEN?
21.00, Saturday 3rd, March / Gate Cinema

Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard

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