EN - It’s love at first sight at a racing circuit when gangster Gino (‘Gigi’) meets Benedicte (‘Bibi)’, a wealthy and fearless racing driver. Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, but also against reason and their own weaknesses. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?

Oscar®-nominated director Michaël R. Roskam’s third feature film after Bullhead (2011) and The Drop (2014), The Racer and the Jailbird brings Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos together in a dark romantic drama against the backdrop of a typical Belgian crime scene.


Title Racer and the Jailbird
Original title Le fidèle
Original language French, Dutch
Status In post-production
Production Majority Flemish
Category Features
Genre amour noir
Year 2017


Cast Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos
Photography Nicolas Karakatsanis

Technical specs

Running time film 120'
Release format 4K, HD
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Creative Europe – Media development program of the E.U., Netherlands Film Fund, Telenet-Stap, RTBF, VOO & Be TV, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallimage, Eurimages, CANAL +
Production partners Pierre-Ange Le Pogam - Stone Angels (FR), Peter Bouckaert - Eyeworks (BE), Maarten Schwartz - Kaap Holland (NL), Bruno Felix & Femke Wolting - Submarine (NL), Frakas Productions (BE), Scio Productions (BE); in association with Wild Bunch, Pathé France, Kinepolis Film Distribution

Racer and the Jailbird in Toronto

After its world premiere in Venice, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird has been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 7-17 September). Roskam’s third feature will be part of the Special Presentations programme at TIFF.

Racer and the JailbirdBelgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium’s crime underworld. Racer and the Jailbird will be in Belgian cinemas from 4 October.

Published on Wednesday 16 August 2017

Racer and the Jailbird invited to the Venice Film Festival

Michaël R. Roskam’s third feature Racer and the Jailbird is part of the Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, 30 August–9 September). After premiering in Venice, the film will be in Belgian cinemas in October.

Racer and the JailbirdRacer and the Jailbird is Roskam’s third feature, after the internationally acclaimed Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011) and his American debut The Drop (2014).

Published on Thursday 27 July 2017

CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

Published on Friday 19 May 2017

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Short info

Director Michaël R. Roskam
Producers Bart Van Langendonck
Writers Michaël R. Roskam, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré

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