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Michaël R. Roskam - Le fidèle

Out of Competition - Fiction



Belgium, France / 130’
language French, Dutch
cast Matthias Schoenaerts, Adele Exarchopoulos, Eric De Staercke, Jean-Benoit Ugeux, Nabil Missoumi, Thomas Coumans, Nathalie Van Tongelen, Kerem Can, Sam Louwyck
screenplay Thomas Bidegain, Noe Debre, Michael R. Roskam
cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis
editor Alain Dessauvage
production designer Geert Paredis
costume designer Kristin Van Passel

music Raf Keunen
sound Thomas Desjonqueres
special effects Alain Carsoux (Compagnie Generale des Effets Visuels)

SYNOPSIS

When Gino meets Benedicte, it’s love at first sight, passionate, unconditional, fiery. She is working in the family business, and she also drives cars on circuits. Gino 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. Gino and Benedicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

Le Fidèle is a fictional tale of love and crime, of desire and failure. A love tragedy, or better, an amour noir. I consider Le Fidèle 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, Le Fidèle will not be a film about these gangs, nor a biography of one or another reallife 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.

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