The Invader

Amadou, a strong and charismatic African man, is washed up on a beach in southern Europe. Fate leads him to Brussels where 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 hope 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. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

Il Terzo Tempo

Samuel is a young man born and grown up in difficult and violent conditions who has already spent several years in and out of prison. After yet another spell in jail, the surveillance judge, responsible for the treatment of detainees, has enrolled him in a program of rehabilitation on a commercial farm. His supervisor is the social worker Vincenzo, who, following the death of his wife, is struggling to restore some balance to his life: he divides his time between his job, a teenage daughter and his role as coach of the local rugby team. Samuel has trouble adapting to the rules of the farm and his relationship with Vincenzo proves problematic from the outset. A former professional rugby player, Vincenzo senses the young man’s potential for the sport and persuades him to try his hand at scrums, place-kicks and tries. The first training sessions are a failure. Samuel does not get on with his fellow players and knows nothing of the mentality of the “team game.” The tensions and misunderstandings between Vincenzo and Samuel do not lessen and the bond that the young man forges with Flavia, the coach’s daughter, only makes things worse. As the days pass, however, Samuel realizes he has found new and healthy stimuli in sport, a possibility of redemption thanks to the oval ball and a new life in the understanding with his teammates and in Flavia’s love. [Synopsis courtesy of Venice Film Festival]