With the latest French feature, “Au nom de la terre,” we’re all in for such a treat. Guillaume Canet and Flemish actress Veerle Baetens play the leading roles, and Mr. Canet recently stated in an interview that up until now, he has played in many significant films such as “L’amour est une fête” (2018) by Cédric Anger, “Le grand bain” (2018) by Gilles Lelouche, “La belle époque” (2019) by Nicolas Bedos… ‘and I also did “Au nom de la terre,” directed by Edouard Bergeon, without a doubt the most beautiful film of my career.’ Sans doute le plus beau film de ma carrière.
Voilà, there it is, word is out. In this powerful and empathic drama, Guillaume Canet and Veerle Baetens play a farming couple and do whatever they can to keep their family business running. Screenwriter and first-time film director Edouard Bergeon based his script on his own tragic family history, and the result is a remarkable and stunning debut film. For actress Veerle Baetens, winner of the European Film Award as Best Actress for her performance in “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (2012), her latest French screen effort indicates once more she’s one of the most talented continental actresses. With her graceful aura, her earnest, sincere, and powerhouse performances, Ms. Baetens is also known for her versatility and always picks her roles with care and generosity. Just keep your eye on “Au nom de la terre” when it’s out.
“Au nom de la terre” (2019, trailer)
The film will be released in France on September 25, followed by other territories, including Belgium, starting from October 9. French filmmaker Edouard Bergeon and his leading lady Veerle Baetens presented the film on September 8 at the FFO—the 2019 Ostend Film Festival—in Belgium.
“Au nom de la terre” will soon be at a theater near you.