Eldorado (2008 film)

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Eldorado
Directed by Bouli Lanners
Starring Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Michaël Abiteboul, Philippe Nahon
Release date(s)
  • 18 May 2008 (2008-05-18) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • 4 June 2008 (2008-06-04) (Belgium)
  • 18 June 2008 (2008-06-18) (France)
Running time 90 minutes
Country France
Belgium
Language French

Eldorado is a Belgian/French seriocomic road movie in the Belgian surrealist and absurdist tradition, directed by Bouli Lanners and selected for the Directors’ Fortnight (40th anniversary) 61st Cannes Film Festival 2008. The film received the André Cavens Award for Best Film by the Belgian Film Critics Association (UCC). It was the official entry from Belgium for the 81st Academy Awards, but was not chosen as one of the films to be nominated during the ceremony.

It was filmed in Wallonia.

Plot[edit]

Yvan (Bouli Lanners), a used car salesman, comes home late one evening to his house in the Belgian countryside. He discovers that a burglar (Fabrice) has just broken into his house and is hiding under his bed. When the burglar tries to escape, Yvan knocks him over by throwing a metal pipe at him. Upon confronting him, he discovers that the burglar is a young man in need of money to fuel his drug addiction. Yvan decides to help this young man, who says his names is Elie, by not turning him over to the police and by giving him a little money for the road. Finally, out of pity and remembering his own brother who had died of an overdose, Yvan decides to drive Elie, at his request, to the home of his parents in southern Belgium. Thus begins a journey across Wallonia, on which they face unsettling encounters with random people and humorous situations.

Cast[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Won[edit]

Belgian Film Critics Association (UCC)

  • Best Film

Nominated[edit]

César Awards

Best Foreign film in India "Film Fare Awards"

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