The White Knights

The White Knights

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joachim Lafosse
Produced by Jacques-Henri Bronckart
Olivier Bronckart
Sylvie Pialat
Written by Joachim Lafosse
Bulle Decarpentries
Thomas van Zuylen
Zélia Abadie
Thomas Bidegain (participation)
Starring Vincent Lindon
Louise Bourgoin
Valérie Donzelli
Reda Kateb
Music by Sascha Ring
Cinematography Jean-François Hensgens
Edited by Sophie Vercruysse
Versus Production
Les Films du Worso
Distributed by O'Brother Distribution (Belgium)
Le Pacte (France)
Release dates
  • 30 August 2015 (2015-08-30) (Angoulême)
  • 20 January 2016 (2016-01-20) (France)
Running time
112 minutes[1]
Country Belgium
Language French
Budget $9 million[2]
Box office $1.5 million

The White Knights (French: Les Chevaliers Blancs) is a 2015 Belgian-French drama film directed by Joachim Lafosse and inspired by the events of the Zoé's Ark controversy in 2007. The film stars Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli and Reda Kateb.[3] It was selected to screen in the Platform section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[4] It was screened in the San Sebastián International Film Festival where Joachim Lafosse won the Silver Shell for Best Director.[5]



The screenplay was written by Joachim Lafosse, Bulle Decarpentries, Thomas van Zuylen and Zélia Abadie, with the participation of Thomas Bidegain. The film was produced by Belgium’s Versus Production and Les Films du Worso in France, with co-production support from France 3 Cinéma, RTBF, Belgacom and Prime Time. The film is also supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and the Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter.[3] Filming began on 17 March 2014, in the region of Erfoud in Morocco, and lasted for eight weeks.[6]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 Hong Kong International Film Festival SIGNIS Award Joachim Lafosse Nominated
Philadelphia Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominated
San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Director Won
Best Film Nominated
Toronto International Film Festival Platform Prize Nominated


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