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EUFF: Belgium | The Ardennes

  • Ottawa Art Gallery 50 Mackenzie King Bridge Ottawa, ON, K1N 0C5 Canada (map)

Robin Pront, 2015 | 93mins

Marking his feature film debut, Flemish film director Robin Pront constructs a powerfully affecting narrative of betrayal, organized crime and love in The Ardennes, which deals with troubled pasts and a dangerous love triangle. The plot centres around brothers Dave and Kenneth, two relatively successful Flemish criminals with an appetite for violence. When a brutal car-jacking goes awry however, Dave is forced to leave Kenneth behind, where he is apprehended by the police. Four years later, tensions fly when Kenneth is released from prison, only to find his brother leading a more wholesome life, albeit in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Sylvie. Featuring a distinctly cold visual style inspired by the mountain ranges it’s named after, The Ardennes was an official selection at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. “This is storytelling as lean and unpredictable as a fighting dog; it’s one of the strongest first features I’ve seen this year.” - Wendy Ide, The Guardian

Presented with English subtitles.

Marquant son tout premier long métrage, Robin Pront construit une histoire puissante de trahison et d’amour dans THE ARDENNES, qui raconte les passés troublés et dangereux d’un triangle amoureux. Le scénario se base sur deux frères, Dave et Kenneth, deux criminels relativement habiles avec un appétit pour la violence. Lorsqu’un vol de voiture brutal se passe mal, Dave est forcé de laisser Kenneth derrière lui, lequel se fait ensuite attraper par la police. Quatre ans plus tard, les tensions explosent quand Kenneth sort de prison pour découvrir que son frère mène une meilleure vie et qu’il est en relation avec son ancienne copine, Sylvie.

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