Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidéle)
Co-written and Directed by: Michaël R. Roskam
Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Stefaan Degand and Sam Louwyck
France/Belgium/Netherlands / 2017 / Crime/Thriller / French with English subtitles / Rated 18A / 130 min.
Gigi Vanoirbeek (Matthias Schoenaerts) belongs to a notorious Brussels gang responsible for a string of expertly executed, high-net-worth robberies. Under the cover of his luxury automobile import-export business he meets Bibi Delhany (Adèle Exarchopoulos), a gorgeous and glamorous race-car driver with roots more respectable than his own. Despite their wildly different backgrounds, this unlikely pair falls for each other, fast and hard. Gigi manages to shield Bibi from his illicit activities and begins to wonder what another life might look like. But already deep into the planning of his next heist with his all-too-eager associates, and with law enforcement hot on their heels, will it be too late?
The Racer and the Jailbird has screened out of competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival and is selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards®.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – Toronto International Film Festival, 2017