Joachim Lafosse in the running at Cannes with "Les Intranquilles"


The film "Les Intranquilles" (The Restless) by Brussels director Joachim Lafosse is being presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2021. Our compatriot says he is very proud to have the opportunity to compete for the Palme d'Or and to be among the 24 films selected from around 2,000 applications, at the prestigious cinematic event to be held in the French seaside town from 6 to 17 July.

"Les Intranquilles", produced by Stenola Productions with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, is Joachim Lafosse's ninth feature film and his fourth time in Cannes. The filmmaker has already made his mark several times on La Croisette.

In 2012, he presented "A perdre la raison" (Our Children) in the "Un certain regard" section, which won an award for Best Actress for Emilie Dequenne. He has also been selected twice for the Directors' Fortnight, with "Elève libre" (Private Lessons) in 2008 and "L'Economie du couple" (After Love) in 2016.

In the intimate drama "Les Intranquilles", actors Leïla Bekhti and Damien Bonnard play the parents of a seven-year-old boy who are a loving couple trying to cope with manic depression. Despite his bipolarity, Damien tries to live with Leila knowing that he may never be able to give her what she wants.

The film is scheduled to be released in cinemas in late October 2021.