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In what looks to be a visually stunning and potentially disturbing tale of star crossed lovers, “Black”, the second feature from directors Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fillah, is set to play at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. The film will also play at the 42nd Film Festival Gent this October.
The film comes from CAVIAR, who also produced the indie darling “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” with Bert Hamelinck, Frank Van Passel and Ivy Vanhaecke all producing the feature.
The official synopsis reads, “Worlds collide when Mavela, a teenage girl with ties to Brussels’ Black Bronx gang, meets Marwan, a member of a rival Moroccan gang, at a police station. Keenly aware of the consequences of getting involved with someone from another gang, they at first resist their attraction to one another, but they can only resist for so long. Just when they’ve started to imagine a different life for themselves, a terrifying incident reminds Mavela where she belongs — and, more precisely, to whom.”
The film will have its world premiere as part of the Discovery Program at TIFF on September 11.