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Of Love and Lies

English title: Of Love and Lies
Original title: Fourmi
German title: Fourmi – Von Liebe und Lügen / Lügen haben kurze Beine
France, Belgium, 2019

Director: Rappeneau, Julien
Production company: The Film
Age recommendation: 10 years and up
Length: 105 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Twelve-year old Theo plays for a local soccer club and has enough talent to eventually go pro. But his father has been on a self-destructive spiral ever since he started drinking and got divorced, and Theo feels powerless and anxious as he watches his dad slowly destroying his own life. But he refuses to give up on him. When a recruiter for a prestigious British club takes notice of him, Theo sees an opportunity to rekindle his father’s hope, but despite all his efforts he is not selected. So he decides to lie and say he was, hoping to make his father happy and proud. Theo’s dad is so overjoyed that he puts all his heart into helping his son prepare for “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” gradually regaining his taste for life and motivation for the future. Until the lie reaches unforeseen proportions and completely spins out of control. Thankfully, Theo’s little lie has already operated big change and generated so much hope, that life is able to get back on track. Only better!

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Based on the graphic novel Dream Team by Mario Torrecillas & Artur Laperla.

Schlingel CFF 2019 (awarded), Cinekid Amsterdam 2019, JEF CFF Vlaanderen 2020, SehPferdchen CFF Hannover 2020, Vienna CFF 2020 (selected), Bremen CFF 2021, Vienna CFF 2021, Steiermark CFF Graz 2021

Study guide: French

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
TFI Studio (F)

Sold to:
Mars (FR)
Pathé (CH)