Irish Film Institute -THE WHITE KNIGHTS


Director: Joachim Lafosse

112 minutes, France/Belgium, 2015

Joachim Lafosse’s (Our Children, 2012) latest gripping work brings to the screen the highly publicised true story of the Zoe’s Ark controversy – a French NGO whose members were arrested for the trafficking of children they claimed were orphans from war-torn Darfur in 2007. Jacques Arnault (a terrific Vincent Lindon), CEO of Move for Kids, is planning to extract 300 orphans – victims of civil war – and bring them to France for adoption.Featuring formidable performances from its all-star French cast (including a riveting Valerie Donzelli as the journalist covering the operation), The White Knights shines a critical light on this intricate situation, with a mixture of curiosity and awe. (DOM)

Venice International Film Festival 2015; Toronto International Film Festival 2015; Winner Silver Shell for Best Director, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015

Director’s Note: “Haunting, morally complex, the film raises many questions and asks us to interrogate the implications and limits of humanitarian aid missions.”

Showing as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2015 (November 18th – 29th)

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