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Racer and the Jailbird and 55 Steps selected for Toronto


After its world premiere in Venice, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird has been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 7-17 September). Roskam’s third feature will be part of the Special Presentations programme of the festival. Also presented at TIFF is the German-Belgian co-production 55 Steps of the Danish director Bille August. Both features were supported by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund.

Racer and the Jailbird is Roskam’s third feature, after the internationally acclaimed Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011) and his American debut The Drop (2014). Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium’s crime underworld.

Racer and the Jailbird is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Ardennes), and co-produced by Peter Bouckaert at Eyeworks, Jean-Yves Roubin at Frakas Productions and television channel RTBF. The French co-producer is Pierre-Ange Le Pogam at Stone Angels, and the Dutch co-producers are Maarten Swart at Kaap Holland Film and Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting at Submarine. The film will be in Belgian cinemas from 4 October, and is due to open in France and the Netherlands in November.

Presented in world premiere in Toronto is the German-Belgian co-production 55 Steps of the Danish director Bille August, starring Hilary Swank and Helena Bonham Carter alongside Jeffrey Tambor and Flemish actor Johan Heldenbergh. Based on true events, 55 Steps tells the story of an unexpected friendship forming during a fight for patient rights against seemingly impossible odds. Potemkino Port co-produced the film for Flanders.