The White Knights
2015, France-Belgium, 112’, Color, French
Director: Joachim Lafosse
Cast: Vincent Lindon, Valerie Donzelli, Reda Kateb, Louise Bourgoin, Rougalta Bintou Saleh
2015 San Sebastian Film Festival Silver Shell
An intense and exciting film on injustice and unfairness.
Cannes prizewinner Vincent Lindon (Bastards) stars as the head of a NGO trying to rescue 300 children from the civil war in Chad, in the new drama from Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (Our Children).
The film begins with the arrival of French adoption agency workers in war-torn Chad. Masquerading as an NGO called Move for Kids, they claim that they will house, feed, and educate orphans in a safe compound until the children are eighteen years old. The local villagers, though somewhat puzzled by the foreigners’ definition of “orphan” are seduced by the idea of giving their children a better life. But what the villagers don’t know — though the audience does — is that these French “NGO” workers have no intention of staying. In the light of day, led by the relentless Jacques (Vincent Lindon), they search for children with the help of local interpreter Bintou (promising newcomer Rougalta Bintou Saleh). But under the cover of night, they discuss their exit strategy and make calls to French families about the children they’ll be bringing home.