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The White Knights tops the bill in Belgium

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- Distributor O’Brother is bringing out Joachim Lafosse’s film in around 15 theatres in Brussels and Wallonia

The White Knights tops the bill in Belgium
Louise Bourgoin in The White Knights

Today sees the Belgian theatrical release of the latest film by Joachim Lafosse, The White Knights [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
, one week after it came out in France. The movie’s subject matter is certainly hard-hitting (alluding to the dangers of drifting into egocentric territory during humanitarian activities, the perpetuation of colonialist patterns, and a failure to respect children’s rights), but it is grounded in a well-known news story – one that should provide a sounding board for viewers. Based on the Zoé’s Ark case, the French aid workers who tried to illegally extract Chadian children in order to put them up for adoption by French families, The White Knights follows how the humanitarian action unfolds on a day-to-day basis, swinging between the drowsiness of inaction, the culture shock upon encountering the local population, the logistical and technical breakdowns, the internal tensions and the adrenaline of crunch time. United around their hero/guru, the Move for Kids team is closely observed by Françoise, a journalist who follows them on their adventures, but also by Bintou, their translator – so many gateways for the viewer, offering the audience a range of perspectives on the mechanism that turns a good deed to disaster. 

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Lafosse is one of the safe bets in Belgian cinema today, whether it be on the international stage, where he has been racking up prestigious festival selections, or in the national arena, where his last film, Our Children [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
, was able to charm the professionals (winning the Magritte Award for Best Film) as well as the critics and the general public (notching up over 30,000 admissions – in other words, an impressive result for an arthouse film in French-speaking Belgium). It once again falls to O’Brother, the sister company of Versus (the producer of The White Knights), to bring out the film, which it is doing in just over 15 theatres in Brussels and Wallonia.

(Translated from French)

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