EN - Jacques Arnault, the chairman of an NGO, carries out a spectacular operation: the rescue of some 300 orphans - victims of the civil war - for which his organisation has found French couples ready to adopt them. He allows a television reporter to accompany them to Darfur, but Jacques and his team slowly lose their impartiality and find themselves complicit in a humanitarian disaster.

NL - Tijdens een zware aardbeving in Italië leert Françoise, een ervaren journaliste, Jacques Arnault en zijn team kennen, als ze een kind uit het puin redden. Aangetrokken door het charisma en de moed van de reddingswerker groeit haar belangstelling voor zijn projecten. Ze beslist om met hem mee te gaan naar Darfour, waar Jacques een spectaculaire operatie voorbereidt: hij wil met zijn team driehonderd wezen van de burgeroorlog redden en hen in Frankrijk bij adoptieouders onderbrengen. Françoise laat zich compleet meeslepen en verliest langzaam maar zeker haar kritische zin. Voor ze het weet, is ze betrokken bij een humanitair fiasco.

FR - Jacques Arnault, président de l’ONG Sud Secours, prépare une opération coup de poing : extraire 300 « orphelins » victimes de la guerre civile du Tchad pour les ramener auprès de parents français candidats à l'adoption. Il propose à une journaliste, Françoise Dubois, de les accompagner et de couvrir médiatiquement l’opération. Totalement immergés dans la réalité brutale d’un pays en guerre, Jacques et son équipe perdent peu à peu leur sens critique et deviennent complices d'un fiasco humanitaire.


Title The White Knights
Original title Les Chevaliers Blancs
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2015


Cast Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb, Yannick Rénier, Catherine Salée
Photography Jean-François Hensgens
Editing Sophie Vercruysse
Sound Christophe Giovanonni
Art director Olivier Radot
Costume Pascaline Chavanne

Technical specs

Running time film 110'


Main producer Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart
Main production company Versus Production (BE)
Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), France 3 Cinéma, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, Le Pacte, RTBF, Proximus
Production partners Prime Time (BE), Les Films du Worso (FR)


2016: Hong Kong International Film Festival (HK), Filmfest DC (US)

Asian premiere for Sum of Histories and The Land of the Enlightened

Sum of Histories, directed by Lukas Bossuyt, and Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened both received their Asian premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which ended on 4 April. The programme also included four co-productions with Flanders: Schneider vs Bax, The White Knights, Les Cowboys and the short film Splintertime. Finally, Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet was also featured in Embrace of the Serpent, in which he plays one of the main roles.

Sum of HistoriesLukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut Sum of Histories received its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong Film Festival after premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival last summer. It is the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena.

Published on Thursday 31 March 2016

Belgian Rhapsody and Nkosi Coiffure on their way to DC

Vincent Bal’s musical comedy Belgian Rhapsody and Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure have both been selected for Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington (14-24 April), with Belgian Rhapsody featured as one of the comedy highlights of the festival. The Brand New Testament and The White Knights, two co-productions with Flanders, are also in the programme.

Belgian RhapsodyFilmfest DC presents Belgian Rhapsody alongside seven other features in a special programme, ‘The Lighter Side’, showing how humour can be a way to a better understanding of a different culture.

Published on Friday 1 April 2016

The Ardennes in the running for Glasgow’s Audience Award

Robin Pront’s debut feature The Ardennes is one of 10 contenders for the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival (17-28 February). All the selected films are first and second features directed by “a range of exciting new talents”. In addition to The Ardennes, this year’s Glasgow line-up also contains five co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesRobin Pront’s grim tale about brotherly conflict is also part of the festival’s Pioneer programme, a collection of brand new films from directors who the Festival believes might just win an Oscar or a Palme d’Or one day. Alongside The Ardennes in the Pioneer programme are such top international films as France’s Oscar-nominated Mustang; and Josh Mond’s James White.

Published on Tuesday 26 January 2016

Swedish platform for Black and The Ardennes

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, are both heading north for the Göteborg Film Festival at the end of January. The programme contains another five co-productions with Flanders, while local talents Matthias Schoenaerts and Jan Bijvoet appear in foreign films at the Festival.

The ArdennesThe Ardennes, Pront’s ‘Flemish thriller noir’ about two brothers on the wrong track, will be presented in the New Voices programme in Göteborg, a section of 30 films from up-and-coming international directors. El Arbi and Fallah’s contemporary Romeo & Juliet story Black is part of the Five Continents section.

Published on Tuesday 19 January 2016

France’s Arras Film Festival ends on a musical note

Belgian Rhapsody, Vincent Bal’s romantic musical comedy about two rival Belgian brass bands, is to close this year’s Arras Film Festival in France (6-15 November). The line-up also includes Jan Bultheel’s animated feature Cafard. Both films are to have a French theatrical release later this year.

Belgian RhapsodyIn the summer, the Montreal World Film Festival created a precedent by offering Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody the festival’s closing slot. The Arras Film Festival will end on an equally cheerful note in choosing the musical comedy as this year’s closing film.

Published on Friday 23 October 2015

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