Director: Koen Mortier Run Time: 105 min. Release Year: 2018
Starring: Aïcha Cissé, Fatou N'Diaye, Katrien Goosens, Paul Bartel, Vincent Rottiers
Country: Belgium, Netherlands, Senegal
Language: French, Wolof
Presented in our Virtual Screening Room from July 2 — August 19, 2021
“A tragic story of two lost souls…Their love transcends class and culture”
– Alan Ng for Film Threat
About the film:
World Premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Being a prostitute is not easy, let alone being Senegalese. Fae is both. A paying customer dies under suspicious circumstances and turns out to be a world-class cyclist. After this fatal accident, Fae’s world slowly falls apart.
About the filmmaker:
In 1999, Flemish filmmaker Koen Mortier established production company Czar Belgium with fellow director Joe Vanhoutteghem. A celebrated commercial director, Mortier’s famous 2013 short Push to Add Drama launched TV channel TNT in Belgium and became the most awarded ad campaign in Belgian history. His debut feature, the dark comedy Ex Drummer (2007), won Jury Prizes at Fantasia, Raindance, and Warsaw, and his follow-up 22nd of May (2010) screened film festivals around the world.
Mortier’s third feature Angel is based on the novel Monologue of Someone Who Got Used to Talking to Herself by acclaimed Flemish writer Dimitri Verhulst about the last days of famous cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke. Read about Mortier’s inspiration for the unusual love story in an interview for Cineuropa.See all virtual titles