The Ramdam Festival challenges the Covid

Until the last moment, the organizers of the Ramdam Festival believed that, as in 2021, the 12th edition of the Inconvenient Film Festival would be canceled. But the decision of the Council of State to reopen the cinemas and theaters came to give them balm in the heart. From January 15 to 15, Tournai rendezvous aficionados have an appointment at the Imagix in Tournai for 10 days of intense cinephilia, with 86 feature films and 32 shorts come to sharpen the gaze of spectators on the world.

At the opening of the festivities, on January 15, Mélanie Thierry will present The True Family. Already screened at Fiff in Namur, Fabien Gorgeart’s second film addresses the issue of placing a child in foster care (photo below).

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A nice Belgian selection

Unveiled almost a year and a half ago at the opening of the Ghent Festival, The enemy by Stefan Streker will be present at Ramdam, at the time of its theatrical release on January 26th. Jérémie Renier plays a fictional double by Bernard Wesphael, accused of the murder, in Ostend, of his companion. The filmmaker and the actor will be accompanied to Tournai by the actress Alma Jodorowsky (the granddaughter of the great Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky) to present this psychological thriller which explores the notion of intimate conviction.

Another news item brought to the screen, that of the homophobic assassination of Ihsane Jarfi in Liège in 2012, that Nabil Ben Yadir (discovered with the black-white-Belgian comedy The Barons) traces radically in Animals. A very hard film, but necessary.

Fabrice Du Welz will unveil,Inexorable by Fabrice Du Welz, an intense thriller in which a stunning Benoît Poelvoorde investigates an author in need of inspiration.

Jan Bucquoy and all his team (in particular the comedian Alex Vizorek) will come to present The last temptation of the Belgians, film-testament of the iconoclastic Flemish filmmaker, who will also be present at the screening of the documentary dedicated to him by Stefan Thibeau, Everything is fine! Jan Bucquoy’s cinema. Another film-review, that of Thierry Michel Empire of silence (in theaters next Wednesday), which takes stock of his Congolese epic (photo below).

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Business and politics

Watch it ahead of its theatrical release on 1/26, The promises by Thomas Kruitof (photo below) features a formidable Isabelle Huppert in the role of the mayor of a large city in the suburbs of Paris, in a film which dissects French politics in a very informed way, but without falling into the all rotten, insisting on the contrary on what the politician can still do.

In They are alive by Jérémie Elkaïm, Marina Foïs plays Béatrice Huret, sentenced in 2017 for helping migrants from the Calais Jungle, including a young Iranian whose young widow had fallen in love. While Frédéric Tellier signs with Goliath a film-investigation on pesticides and GMOs, led by Emmanuelle Bercot, Gilles Lellouche, Pierre Niney and the Belgian Yannick Renier (who will be present in Tournai).

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Women’s struggle

Tournai will also offer the preview of The event by Audrey Diwan (photo below). Golden Lion in Venice, this magnificent adaptation of the book published by Annie Ernaux in 2000 traces the fight of a young student (fabulous Anamaria Vartolomei) to have an abortion in the France of the 1960s.

The fight for abortion will obviously also be at the heart of the closing film, Simone. Elsa Zylberstein plays the great Simone Veil in a biopic signed Olivier Dahan, the one who allowed Marion Cotillard to win the Oscar thanks to her role as The kid Edith Piaf in 2007.

The struggle of women will also be approached in the very strong Standing women, the new documentary by the Insoumis deputy François Ruffin and Gilles Perret. After giving the floor to the yellow vests (in I want sun in 2019), the duo acted here as the voice of precarious women fighting for the recognition of care professions (social workers, housekeepers, nursing assistants, etc.).

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Some international previews

Among the films from a little further afield scheduled this year at Ramdam, we are curious to discover In the eyes of Tammy Faye by Michael Sowalter, in which Jessica Chastain plays an evangelist who, in the years 1970-80, launched the first televangelism network in the United States. While we can discover Innocents by Norwegian Eskil Vogt, the co-writer of the marvelous Julie (in 12 chapters) by Joachim Trier, recent UCC Prize.

Coming from England, Nowhere Special by Uberto Pasolini is a delicate drama about a seriously ill father (played by James Norton), who must look for a family to take care of his little one after his death … While in Work, Aleksey German Jr tackles the issue of corruption in Russia head-on.

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“La Belle verte”, 25 years later

The Ramdam will also take a look at the retro, offering its audience to review some Belgian films that marked the year (The Unquiet by Joachim Lafosse, The Civil de Teodora Ana Mihai et A world by Laura Wandel, one of the favorites of the next Magritte) and international, with in particular projections of the very strong Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg, behind the scenes of pornography,The divide by Catherine Corsini, who makes a damning diagnosis of the state of health of France under Macron, and ofThere is no Evil by Mohammad Rasoulof, a very courageous film on the death penalty in Iran which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2020).

Without forgetting, as guest of honor, the presence of Coline Serreau. The French filmmaker will present, on January 24 at 7 p.m., her cult film Beautiful green (photo below) which, 25 years after being murdered by critics, resonates very differently at a time when climate change is indeed underway. The next day at 9 am, she will also give a cinema lesson.

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  • Ramdam Festival, from January 15 to 25 at the Imagix in Tournai.
  • Programming and ticketing: www.ramdamfestival.be.
  • Four passes available: VIP (all programming, € 85), Fan (20 films, € 65), Light (5 films, € 35) and Student (7 films, € 25).

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