EN - Prison guard JC is an uncomplicated man who always abides by the rules. Taking tango lessons is his only distraction. One evening at his class, JC meets Alice and dances with her. The following day, he sees her again in the prison visiting room, first with one man, then with another. It turns out she is married to two prisoners, Fernand and Dominic. Rules don't allow guards to see prisoner's relatives but, for the first time, JC breaks them…

FR - JC est gardien de prison. C'est un homme sans histoire qui se protège derrière le règlement. Il n'a qu'une seule fantaisie: il apprend le tango.  Un soir, à son cours, JC rencontre Alice. Il danse avec elle... Le lendemain, il la revoit au parloir. D'abord avec un homme, puis avec un autre... Alice est la femme de deux détenus, Fernand et Dominic, qu'elle suit de prison en prison avec leur fils. Le règlement interdit aux gardiens de fréquenter la famille des prisonniers. Pour la première fois de sa vie, JC va transgresser les règles...


Title Tango Libre
Original title Tango Libre
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2012


Cast Sergi Lopez, Francois Damiens, Jan Hammenecker, Anne Paulicevich, Zacharie Chasseriaux
Photography Virginie Saint-Martin
Editing Erwin Rijckaert
Sound Carlo Thoss
Art director Thierry Van Cappellen
Costume Catherine Marchand
Co-producer Patrick Quinet

Technical specs

Running time film 105'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Arri Alexa
Aspect ratio 2:35
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CFWB
Production partners Artemis Productions

A touch of Flanders in Karlovy Vary line-up

Presented at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (28 June-6 July) this year is Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, screening as part of Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch section. Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Land of the Heroes is selected to take part in the Focus on Kurdish Film while Tango Libre and Tenderness, two co-productions with Flanders, were also added to the line-up. Ari Folman’s The Congress, partly animated by Walking The Dog, is part of the Karlovy Vary programme too.

Tango LibreIt was previously announced that Felix van Groeningen was elected as one of Variety’s Directors to Watch who’re being showcased at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Published on Friday 21 June 2013

Flanders in full force at Berlinale

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Janet van den Brand’s short Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis have been selected for the Berlin international Film Festival (7-17 February). Both films will premiere internationally in the fest’s Panorama Specials strand and Generation Kplus shorts competition respectively. Two co-productions were also confirmed: Flemish director Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, which will open the Generation programme, and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love. Recent features such as Peter Monsaert's Offline and Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy! make their market debuts at the Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM). Other EFM entries are The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, as well as co-productionsTenderness by Marion Hänsel, Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alo and Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne.

BerlinaleThe Broken Circle Breakdown is represented internationally by The Match Factory. The film is already a box office hit in its home territory with over 320,000 admissions (and still going strong).The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (TurquazeThe Misfortunates) and stars Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh. In honour of the Panorama Specials selection, Flanders Image is also publishing a special 'Talent Matters' section entirely dedicated to van Groeningen's work.

Published on Thursday 31 January 2013

Venice: Fifth Season, Welcome Home and three co-prods

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth's The Fifth Season and Tom Heene's feature debut Welcome Home are invited in Official Competition and the Venice International Critics' Week respectively. But there's even more to discover: this year's Venice line-up also includes three co-productions with Flanders: the Venice Days opener Pinocchio, Venice Days selected Kinshasa Kids and Tango libre in Orizzonti.

Still from Brosens & Woodworth's The Fifth SeasonThe Fifth Season is a haunting tale. A mysterious calamity strikes: spring refuses to come. The cycle of nature is capsized. Alice, Thomas and Octave, three kids in a village deep in the Ardennes forest, struggle to make sense of the world that is collapsing around them.

Published on Tuesday 31 July 2012

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Director Frédéric Fonteyne
Producers Tomas Leyers
Writers Frédéric Fonteyne, Anne Paulicevich, Philippe Blasband

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