The acclaimed French drama Angel (Un Ange), directed by Koen Mortier and starring Vincent Rottiers and Fatou N’Diaye, opens in virtual theaters on June 25 from Oration Films. In the film top cyclist Thierry and sex worker, Fae feel an instant connection but his career disgrace and her illegal status, threaten their dreams of escape.
Nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Flemish Film, the film follows the encounter of a prostitute, Fae, and a world-famous athlete, Thierry. During his vacation in Senegal, he falls head over heels for the African beauty. They find dignity and hope with each other in order to get out of their troublesome situations. But more important than these mutual desires, they found love. Until, later in the evening, Thierry starts behaving strangely, under the influence of substances. Fae is forced to leave him but when she discovers that Thierry has passed away the next morning, she’s arrested despite her innocence. To move on with her life, she must return to the place where it all started.
Director Koen Mortier wanted to portray the world, dreams and fears of Fae and the story of what she goes through meeting the world class cyclist. In a way they lead similar lives: both have to give the best of themselves and their bodies to delight fans or clients.
‘Un Ange’ is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Monologue of Someone who got used to talking to herself’ by renowned Belgian author Dimitri Verhulst. Previous work by Verhulst that has also been adapted are ‘The Misfortunates’ by Felix Van Groeningen and ‘Problemski Hotel’ by Manu Riche. ‘The Latecomer’ has yet to be directed by Lourens Blok.
Watch the trailer for Angel.