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Controversial Belgian Immigrant Parable ‘The Invader’ Gets First Full Trailer & Poster

Controversial Belgian Immigrant Parable 'The Invader' Gets First Full Trailer & Poster

This is one film that I've been really curious about since we first profiled it last fall; I've been tracking it, hoping that it might eventually screen somewhere in my neck of the woods (NYC), but that hasn't happened yet. 

Soon I'm sure.

You guys were mostly negative on it, if the last 2 entries we've posted about it are any indication; but based on what I've seen and heard thus far, I'm intrigued, and would like to see the entire thing. 

The brand new first full trailer below gives us much more to chew on than the brief *controversial* intro clip that was included in past posts, which turned off a lot of you. That was all we really had to go on… until now.

Not that I expect this full trailer will suddenly have any effect on you, and I'm not even saying that it will be a good flick (I haven't seen it); but maybe it'll at least make you curious enough to want to see the rest of it, as it did for me… then again, maybe not.

As a quick recap…

It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September, screened at the Venice Film Festival, and later made its Stateside debut at the AFI Film Festival just a month or so after. The AFI Film Fest is in LA, so I wasn't there to attend. Earlier in January this year, it screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival – a festival that also serves as a showcase for Oscar hopefuls.

Finally, it most recently screened at the Seattle Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New DirectorThe film is Belgian Nicolas Provost's feature debut.

It's one of a handful of films we've profiled over the last year that explore some angle of the African immigrant's experience in Europe, to put it broadly. 

Titled The Invader, it stars Burkinabé actor Issaka Sawadogo, and Italian actress Stefania Rocca, as Amadou ("a robust and bold illegal immigrant"), and Agnès ("a married upper-class woman who works in the real-estate and artistic sectors"). The pair meet, get involved against all expectations, and have an intense but brief love affair. When they break up, Amadou’s life "takes a turn towards desperation and violence."

Suffice it to say that things don't end well ;)

Its full official synopsis reads:

Amadou, a strong and charismatic African man, is washed up on a beach in southern Europe. Fate leads him to Brussels where, full of optimism, he tries to make a better life for himself. Exploited by traffickers, his daily life is slowly drained of hope, until he meets Agnès, a beautiful and brilliant businesswoman. She is seduced by his charm and force of character, while he projects all his hopes and dreams onto her. The illusion quickly shatters, and Agnès breaks all contact with Amadou, who little by little sinks into destructive violence, struggling with his inner demons.

This little bit from a Cineuropa review might help further (written after it debuted on the Lido at Venice last year to a packed house):

Amadou, on the run from his native country and from those who brought him, welcome him and feed him, clings desperately to the interest Agnès shows in this strong and brazen man, the antithesis of her close circle. However, soon the truth will inexorably come between “Obama” (as Amadou calls himself) and Agnès, turning them into archetypes of their social class: he a criminal; she a respectable person who gives money to the needy more in order to keep him at a distance than to help him. Amadou does indeed need money, but this isn’t what he desires.

If any S&A readers saw it at any of the festivals it's screened in, do share your thoughts.

The new English-subtitled full trailer is embedded below (full poster underneath):

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Comments

Karen Marie Mason

whoa. very unpleasant.

Adam Scott Thompson

Sounds like "Native Son" territory.

Shelley

I live in Oslo, Norway in Northern Europe. I live with racism on a daily basis and where the only box black people are put into is the victimized, social welfare baby in need of saving by the white man. I won't be seeing this film because if its intention is to perpetuate the myth that only blacks exploit other blacks through trafficking and everything else bad that befall us Black Europeans — living here I know that's plain and utter bullshit. I bet mr. Provost will never make a film on how ethnic Europeans exploit and marginalize legal, law abiding immigrants & Belgian born children with immigrant parents through systematic institutionalized racism, making it almost impossible for the vast many to find legitimate work, buy a home, own a business etc. Europe is fast becoming the new America where racial stereotypes, racial profiling and all that wonderful stuff abounds. I know he'll never make that film so thanks but no thanks.

Charles Judson

We actually we screened it at ATLFF back in March. I haven't seen it yet myself. Based off audience reaction coming out of the theater, it was a polarizing movie to say the least.

Logic

They should have just titled this "Othello 2: Electric Boogaloo" and called it a day. Pass.

Emmanuel

I have to see this.

Vanessa

I want to see this. O_o

the black police

Why does "every" movie featuring a black character as the central character have to be CONTROVERSIAL? Like come on, GET OVER YOURSELVES!

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