EN - When Gino meets racing driver Bénédicte, it’s love at first sight. Passionate. Unconditional. Fiery. But Gino has a secret. The kind of secret that can endanger your life and the lives of those around you. Gino and Bénédicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.

NL - Het is liefde op het eerste gezicht tussen de raadselachtige Gino "Gigi" Vanoirbeek en de beloftevolle racepilote Bénédicte “Bibi" Delhany. Passionele, onvoorwaardelijke liefde. Maar Gigi draagt een geheim met zich mee. Het soort geheim dat levensbedreigend kan zijn, voor hen beiden en voor iedereen rond hen. Gigi en Bibi zullen tegen noodlot, rede en eigen zwaktes moeten vechten om hun liefde te redden. Maar hoe lang kan je vechten voor iets dat misschien al lang verloren is?

FR - Lorsque Gino rencontre Bénédicte, c’est la passion. Totale. Incandescente. Mais Gino a un secret. De ceux qui mettent votre vie et votre entourage en danger. Alors Gino et Bénédicte vont devoir se battre envers et contre tous, contre la raison et contre leurs propres failles pour pouvoir rester fidèles à leur amour.


Title Racer and the Jailbird
Original title Le fidèle
Original language French, Dutch
Status Completed
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 Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Creative Europe – Media development program of the EU, 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


2017: Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica - La Biennale di Venezia (IT); Toronto International Film Festival (CA)


USA (Neon)

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

Published on Monday 4 September 2017

Gilles Coulier’s Cargo in Competition at the London Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature Cargo has been selected for the First Features Competition at the London Film Festival (4–15 October). Two further features and three shorts from Flanders have also been invited.

GenBCargo tells the raw story of how an Ostend fishing family is brought to the edge of destruction by a series of dramatic events. The lead roles are played by Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele. In London, Cargo is competing for the Sutherland Trophy, the main prize in the First Features Competition.

Published on Thursday 31 August 2017

Belgium sends Roskam's Racer and the Jailbird to Oscars

Michaël R Roskam's third feature Racer and the Jailbird, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos, is this year's official Foreign Language Academy Award entry for Belgium, it was decided today by the country's Oscar® committee. Racer and the Jailbird is to get its world première in Venice and Toronto. Back in 2012, Roskam's feature debut Bullhead also got nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar.

Racer and the JailbirdIn Racer and the Jailbird, 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?

Published on Friday 25 August 2017

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

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

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