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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #81. Joachim Lafosse’s L’economie du Couple

L’economie du Couple

Director: Joachim Lafosse
Writers: Joachim Lafosse, Fanny Burdino, Mazarine Pingeot, Thomas van Zuylen

Belgian director Joachim Lafosse began production on L’economie du Couple several months prior to the premiere of The White Knights, an excellent depiction of the Zoe’s Ark humanitarian scandal. Mostly known for rather intimate, upsetting social dramas (2006’s Private Property ranks as one of his best), his 2012 drama Our Children won a special acting award for star Emilie Dequenne out of Directors’ Fortnight. His latest stars Berenice Bejo opposite director Cedric Kahn (who has appeared in several other director’s works recently, including as one of a pair of doctor’s in Axelle Ropert’s Miss and the Doctors, 2013) as a couple breaking up over ten years. Discrepancies over property ownership ensue.

Cast: Berenice Bejo, Marthe Keller, Cedric Kahn

Production Co./Producer(s): Versus Production’sJacques-Henry & Olivier Bronckart, Les Films du Worso’s Sylvie Pialat

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) Le Pacte (international).

Release Date: With The White Knights competing in TIFF’s first Platform program, we’re wondering if this latest, smaller scale drama might find him returning to Cannes in some capacity.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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