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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Les Convoyeurs attendent

Fortnight 1999, Feature film, 1h34

Synopsis

Roger Closset lives in a factory district on the outskirts of town. He lives with his wife and two children : 15 year-old Michel and 8 year-old Luise. Their neighbor Felix, who raises carrier pigeons, is completely devoted to his champion, Napoleon. Roger is a reporter for the local paper. By listening in on the police band on his rigged up radio, he gets first hand news for his scoops : a traffic accident, a bum taken to jail, a farmer’s crops damaged by hail. Life is not easy for Roger. At the dawn of the year 2000, he wants to make it big. Roger sets his hopes on getting into the book of records and winning the prize car in the Shopkeeper’s Association Contest. Any feat will do ! He makes his son compete for the door-opening record : 40 000 times in 24 hours ! Roger leaves nothing to chance… an American style coach to give the boy scientific training, a door and jamb in the garden for workouts. Will that be enough to open the door to the third millenary for Roger Closset and his family ?

Director

Benoît Mariage

He graduated in cinema in France at the national school INSAS. He was a photojournalist for Vers l’Avenir. He directed in 1988 several sequencies for a report on RTBF channel Strip tease. He founded his own production company TRAM 33. He directed many documentaries broadcasted in Europe; some were awarded all over the world. It took hin twenty years to complete a documentary on a tribe living in Mauritania. He wrote and directed his first short film in 1997: Le Signal.

Benoit Poelvoorde
Bouli Lanners
Dominique Baeyens
Jean-François Devigne
Lisa Lacroix
Morgane Simon
Philippe Grand’Henry
Philippe Nahon

Screenplay
Benoît Mariage

Image
Philippe Guilbert

Sound
Olivier Hespel

Editing
Philippe Bourgueil

Music
Stéphane Huguenin, Yves Sanna

Set decoration
Chris Cornil

Production : Dominique Janne, K-Star, 62-64 boulevard Péreire, 75017 Paris, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 43 18 17 20, Fax : 33 (0)1 47 54 93 30 K2 (Belgique) – Cab Productions (Suisse) vente à l’étranger : TF1 International, 1 quai du Point du Jour, 92656 Boulogne, France, Tél. : 33 (0)1 41 41 15 04, Fax : 33 (0)1 41 41 31 44 Distribution : Mars Films, 95 bd Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France Tél. : 33 (0)1 44 94 95 00, Fax : 33 (0)1 44 94 95 01