Souvenir and A Wedding: Two Luxembourgish titles at Toronto
by Vitor Pinto
- Veteran Isabelle Huppert and newcomer Lina El Arabi star in two films by Belgian directors, co-produced with Luxembourg
Two Luxembourgish co-productions are at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which unfolds until 18 September.
Isabelle Huppert – who delivered another rave performance earlier this year in the Cannes entry Elle [+see also:
film profile] by Paul Verhoeven – is back with Souvenir [+see also:
film profile], the new film by Flemish director Bavo Defurne (North Sea Texas [+see also:
film profile]). This time she plays a model employee from a pâté factory, who was once a music star. Her secret is unveiled when an aspiring boxer played by César Award-winning actor Kévin Azaïs enters her life and both begin an unexpected friendship.
The film was produced by Alexandra Hoesdorff and Désirée Nosbusch for Luxembourg’s Deal Productions along with Belgium’s Indeed Productions. Souvenir will screen in the Special Presentations section, and its international sales are managed by Pathé International.
Also present at Toronto is another Belgian director, Stephan Streker, to introduce his third feature, A Wedding [+see also:
film profile] – co-produced by Tarantula Luxembourg – in the festival’s Discovery section. Starring newcomer Lina El Arabi, A Wedding tells the story of Zahira, from a Belgian Pakistani family, who, when confronted with an unplanned pregnancy, is forced to marry a Pakistani man of her parents’ choosing. A Wedding’s theatrical release in Europe is scheduled for early 2017.