Films

Racer and the Jailbird

Racer and the Jailbird, "Le Fidèle"

Synopsis

Director

When Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts) meets Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), it’s love at first sight, passionate, unconditional, fiery. She is working in the family business, and she also drives cars on circuits. Gigi is that kind of normal guy, cool, handsome… but he hides a secret. That kind of secret that can endanger your life and the lives of those around you. Gigi and Bibi will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.

„„Racer and the Jailbird“ is a fictional tale of love and crime, of desire and failure. A love tragedy, or better, an Amour Noir. I consider „Racer and the Jailbird“ to be the second part of my crime trilogy. Each part is freely based on a particular moment in Belgian criminal history. For „Bullhead“, my source of inspiration was the hormone mafia. This time, I draw inspiration from notorious Brussels gangs and the equally by adrenaline driven world of auto racing. However, as was the case with „Bullhead“, ­„Racer and the Jailbird“ will not be a film about these gangs, nor a biography of one or another real-life gangster. The foundation of this story is the love between a man and a woman and the impossibility of actualizing their relationship. Their love is thwarted not only by their characters and origins, but also by the blows that fate deals them.” 
– Michaël R. Roskam, film director

Michaël R. Roskam

(b. 1972, Sint-Truiden, Belgium) studied screenwriting and film development at Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam where he graduated in 2005. He has made several short films and teaches at St. Lucas Film School in Brussels. Roskam made his feature film debut with „Bullhead“ which was released in 2011 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He was named by Variety as one of the „10 directors to watch“. His film „The Drop“, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Gandolfini premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 2014 and its was Gandolfini’s last on-screen performance before his death in June 2013. „Racer and the Jailbird“ is Roskam’s third full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Rundskop (Bullhead, PÖFF 2011)
  • The Drop (2014)
  • Le Fidèle (Racer and the Jailbird, 2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
19:00 - 21:10
Tallinn, 
Nordea Kontserdimaja
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 011055
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Opening Film

Film info

Countries: Belgium, France
Year: 2017
Duration: 130 minutes
Languages: French, Dutch
Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Producers: Bart Van Langendonck, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Writers: Michaël R. Roskam, Thomas S. Bidegain, Noé Debré
DOP: Nicolas Karakatsanis
Montage: Alain Dessauvage
Composer: Raf Keunen
Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Kerem Can, Sam Louwyck, Jean-Benoît Ugeux
Productions: Stone Angels, Savage Film
Distributor: Estinfilm
Festivals: Venice, Toronto, Zurich, London, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

When Gigi (Matthias Schoenaerts) meets Bibi (Adèle Exarchopoulos), it’s love at first sight, passionate, unconditional, fiery. She is working in the family business, and she also drives cars on circuits. Gigi is that kind of normal guy, cool, handsome… but he hides a secret. That kind of secret that can endanger your life and the lives of those around you. Gigi and Bibi will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.

„„Racer and the Jailbird“ is a fictional tale of love and crime, of desire and failure. A love tragedy, or better, an Amour Noir. I consider „Racer and the Jailbird“ to be the second part of my crime trilogy. Each part is freely based on a particular moment in Belgian criminal history. For „Bullhead“, my source of inspiration was the hormone mafia. This time, I draw inspiration from notorious Brussels gangs and the equally by adrenaline driven world of auto racing. However, as was the case with „Bullhead“, ­„Racer and the Jailbird“ will not be a film about these gangs, nor a biography of one or another real-life gangster. The foundation of this story is the love between a man and a woman and the impossibility of actualizing their relationship. Their love is thwarted not only by their characters and origins, but also by the blows that fate deals them.” 
– Michaël R. Roskam, film director

Michaël R. Roskam

(b. 1972, Sint-Truiden, Belgium) studied screenwriting and film development at Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam where he graduated in 2005. He has made several short films and teaches at St. Lucas Film School in Brussels. Roskam made his feature film debut with „Bullhead“ which was released in 2011 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He was named by Variety as one of the „10 directors to watch“. His film „The Drop“, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Gandolfini premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 2014 and its was Gandolfini’s last on-screen performance before his death in June 2013. „Racer and the Jailbird“ is Roskam’s third full-length feature.

Filmography

  • Rundskop (Bullhead, PÖFF 2011)
  • The Drop (2014)
  • Le Fidèle (Racer and the Jailbird, 2017)