Each year, the Ostend Film Festival rewards various films in diverse competitions. Rien à foutre triumphed in the new COOP! competition.
The COOP! competition celebrated Flemish and Dutch co-productions that combine craftsmanship and creativity from the Low Countries. The jury; screenwriter Angelo Tijssens, perfomer and actor Lara Chedraoui, director Sarah Kasmi, actor Noa Tambwe Kabati and filmmakers Kato De Boeck and Flo Van Deuren, chose the Belgian-French co-production Rien à foutre to be the winner of the competition. Rien a foutre appears in Belgian cinemas March 16.
Cassandra (wonderfully and treacherously light-heartedly interpreted by Adèle Exarchopoulos) takes us high above the clouds, and makes us feel the pain of the people on the frontline of low-cost airlines. Rien à foutre by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre is a deeply human comedy about the real value of things, about coming home, about saying goodbye and returning.
In addition, the jury also gave an honourable mention to Jolein Laarman, the screenwriter of Do Not Hesitate.
Her screenplay made us uncomfortable, because we couldn't find an easy way out. The boundaries between good and bad became increasingly more ambiguous. She made us reflect on the horror of one-sided thinking, on the madness of war and the stories that we tell ourselves.
The other nominees in this selection were Ennio: The Maestro by Giuseppe Tornatore, Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarelli, Nr. 10 by Alex van Warmerdam, Samuel's Travels by Aik Karapetian, Speak No Evil by Christian Tafdrup and The Consequences by Claudia Pinto.