EN - A generous doctor brings a young Moroccan boy back to Belgium to raise him as if he were his own son. When the boy reaches adulthood, falls in love and starts a family, his young wife finds herself trapped in an oppressive emotional atmosphere that will insidiously lead to a tragic outcome. With the birth of their children, the couple’s reliance on the doctor becomes excessive. The latter’s boundless altruism evolves into domination.
|Original title||A perdre la raison|
|Year of production||2012|
|Cast||Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim, Emilie Dequenne|
|Sound||Henri Maikoff, Ingrid Simon, Thomas Gauder|
|Executive producer||Gwennaëlle Libert|
|Running time film||110'|
|Release format||35 mm|
|Aspect ratio||2.35 (scope)|
|Sound format||Dolby Digital|
|Supported by||RTBF, Fortis Film Fund, La RTS Radio Télévision Suisse. Avec l’aide du Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des Télédistributeurs wallons. Avec le soutien d’Eurimages, de Wallimage, du Vlaams Audiovisuel Fonds, du Fonds National de Soutien à la Production Audiovisuelle (Luxembourg), de l’Office Fédéral de la Culture (DFI) et Le Fond Regio Films avec la Loterie romande (Suisse). Avec la participation du Tax Shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge. En partenariat avec Inver Invest. Développé avec le soutien du Programme MEDIA de la Communauté Européenne (Slate Funding).|
|Production partners||Co-producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart, Jani Thiltges, Sylvie Pialat, Thierry Spicher, Elena Tatti, Antonino Lombardo Co-production companies: Versus production, Samsa Films, Les Films du Worso, Box Productions, Prime Time|
This year’s fifth edition of Copenhagen’s CPH PIX Film Festival (11-24 April) presents three (co-)productions from Flanders. Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children are screening in the Politiken’s Audience Award spectrum, while Comrade Kim goes Flying, a co-production by Anja Daelemans, is selected for an Open Air film screening.
An intense drama, van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown is screening in the fest’s Politiken’s Audience Award section, which assembles a selection of 10 films which could fare well in Danish cinema distribution and also harbours Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children. The winning film is rewarded with support to be launched in Danish cinemas and will also be shown on Danish television.
Matthias Schoenaerts, Michaël R. Roskams feature debut Bullhead and the animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels are among the nominees for this year’s Césars, the French counterparts of the Oscars. The Flemish co-production Our Children is also nominated. The Awards Ceremony takes place on 22 February.
Matthias Schoenaerts grabbed a nomination in the category Meilleur Espoir Masculin (Most Promising Male Actor) for his role in the French-Belgian co-production Rust and Bone. Directed by Jacques Audiard, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Gert Embrecht’s feature debut Allez, Eddy! and Nic Balthazar’s Time Of My Life were two of the audience favourites at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3 – 14 January 2013). They were part of the Best of the Fest programming which closed the festival on Monday. In the end, The Sapphires (Australia) directed by Wayne Blair won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.
Meanwhile actress Emilie Dequenne received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film for her work in Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Prime Time. The jury awarded her ‘for depicting through gestures, expressions and silences the claustrophobia of an oppressive domestic situation, and for conveying with wrenching intensity the descent into madness.’
This January four Flemish films will have their American premieres at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3-14 January 2013). The four are Gert Embrecht’s Allez, Eddy!, Fien Troch’s Kid, Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life and Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season. Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Flanders, is also screening at Palm Springs.
With 130,000 visitors Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the biggest in North America. The fest has developed quite an appetite for Flemish cinema. Ever since Memory of a Killer, Palm Springs has invited one or two Flemish films each year.
Joe Vanhoutteghem’s short film Rivers Return has been confirmed for the line-up of both the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (11-20 October) and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal (10-21 October). Since its international premiere at Locarno, Rivers Return has generated quite a lot of interest abroad.
The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma also selected Sofie Benoot’s Blue Meridian (Panorama International), Herman Asselberghs’s Speech Act (FNC Lab) and minority co-production Our Children by Joachim Lafosse (Special Presentation). At Abu Dhabi, Rivers Return (pictured left) is accompanied in the festival line-up by minority co-production Pinocchio by Enzo d’Alo, which screens in the Showcase section.
Last edited on 18 January 2013