Belgium, France, 1999, 95'

Rosetta is desperately seeking a job to support her alcoholic mother and pay the rent of the trailer in which they live. She seems to find an ally in a waffle vendor who offers her a gig and his friendship. However, as soon as she gets the chance, she won’t hesitate to betray him in order to earn a better salary. Only at that moment will she be able to look inside herself and question how to trust the others.

Surprise winner of the Palme d’or and the best actress award at Cannes, this film marks a swerve in the history of cinema, honing an idea of mise-en-scène that was budding in La promesse and paving the way for a new cinematic ‘realism.’  The hand-held camera hounds the heroine, shut in her own obsessive search for a job, appropriating shooting techniques in use in documentary filmmaking, and neglecting the landscapes and bodies that surround her. The shot really becomes the manifestation of her gaze, of her complex ties with others, and her urgency to escape. A new Mouchette who will finally manage to glimpse a way out, in the precarious moment in which you look in the face of what you’re running from and won’t accept. Cinema becomes a space in which we engage in the ethical dilemmas of existence, experienced in our eyes.

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  • Date: 10 Nov 2022
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Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne


Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are Belgian directors, screenwriters and producers. After studying drama, Jean-Pierre, and philosophy, Luc, the Dardenne brothers shot their first militant works, filming social struggles in Belgian working-class neighbourhoods. In the late 1970s, they founded film production companies and made their first documentary films, including Lorsque le bateau de Léon M. descendit la Meuse pour la première fois (1979), Pour que la guerre s'achève, les murs devaient s'écrouter (1980), R... ne répond plus (1981), Leçons d'une université volante (1982) and Regard Jonathan/Jean Louvet, 231 (1983). In 1996 their third fiction film, La Promesse, was presented at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, but it was not until 1999 that they gained international recognition with their first Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with the film Rosetta. In 2005 they won their second Palme d'Or with L'Enfant - A Love Story and in 2008 The Silence of Lorna, dedicated to the theme of illegal immigration and white marriage, brought them the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Among their most recent works, The Kid with a Bike won the Special Jury Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and Tori and Lokita, Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2022.

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