Belgium has submitted Michaël R Roskam’s Racer And The Jailbird as the country’s entry into this year’s Foreign Language Oscar race. The dark romantic thriller stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos and is having its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival before heading to Toronto next month. It’s the second submission for Roskam, whose feature debut Bullhead was nominated in the category in 2012.

The pic (original title: Le Fidèle) is a love story set at a racing circuit where gangster Gino meets Benedicte, a wealthy and fearless racing driver. Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, but also against reason and their own weaknesses. Roskam penned the script with Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré.

2017 Foreign Language Film Oscar Submissions:
Azerbaijan – Pomegranate Orchard – Ilgar Najaf
Belgium – Racer And The Jailbird (Le Fidèle) – Michaël R Roskam
Bosnia and Herzegovina – Men Don’t Cry – Alena Drljevića
Dominican Republic – Woodpeckers – José Maria Cabral
Germany – In The Fade – Fatih Akin
Iraq – The Dark Wind – Hussein Hussan
Nepal – Seto Surya (White Sun) – Deepak Rauniyar
Sweden – The Square – Ruben Östlund
Switzerland – The Divine Order – Petra Volpe

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