PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Michael R. Roskam, Matthias Schoenaerts and Adele Exarchopoulos, director and actors of the film The Racer and the Jailbird.
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Director Michael R. Roskam, and actors Matthias Schoenaerts, Adele Exarchopoulos screened their film, The Racer and the Jailbird, out of competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The film is a story of love pitted against fate, reason and weaknesses – things the characters can and cannot control. The director tells us more, and also reveals to us some of the influences of his films. Schoenaerts tells us about his working relationship with Roskam, with whom he worked before (including the Oscar nominated feature, Bullhead), while Exarchopoulos tells us about how her journey of The Racer and The Jailbird began, and about not even having a drivers’ licence before landing the role as a woman racer in this film.
The Racer and The Jailbird: When Gino meets Benedicte, it’s love at first sight, passionate, unconditional, fiery. She is working in the family business, and she also drives cars on circuits. Gino is that kind of normal guy, cool, handsome… but he hides a secret. That kind of secret that can endanger your life and the lives of those around you. Gino and Benedicte will have to fight against fate, reason and their own weaknesses to save their love.