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Country: BELGIUM, FRANCE
Run Time: 130 minutes
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD operates in a world of higher stakes and more refined tastes. Gigi Vanoirbeek 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, 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? At the centre of Roskam’s storytelling is the profound passion his racer and his jailbird feel for each other. With a brooding atmosphere aided by the stylish camerawork of cinematographer Nicolas Karakatsanis, and employing a powerful structure that evokes a grand Shakespearean tragedy, there’s nothing small about this story: it’s all big stakes, big love, and big consequences. (In French, Dutch, and Albanian with subtitles) —Toronto International Film Festival
RACER AND THE JAILBIRD was selected as Belgium’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1:40 PM
Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:10 PM
The Sports Section
International Narrative Competition
Michaël R. Roskam
Michaël Roskam was born in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. He attended St. Lucas Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, where he studied painting and contemporary art. In 2005 he graduated from the Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam with a master’s in scriptwriting and development. Roskam has received several awards and nominations, including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012 for his film “Bullhead.”
Bullhead (2011), The Drop (2014), RACER AND THE JAILBIRD (2017)
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