Screen can exclusively reveal the trailer for Coureur, a Belgian drama that will have its international premiere in the Limelight section at Rotterdam.

Kenneth Mercken makes his feature directorial debut with Coureur, which follows Felix, a Flemish cyclist who is willing to risk his lifeto win, and to please his demanding father. Mercken, a former cyclingchampion himself, also wrote the script with Monica Stan. Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier produce for Brussels-based CZAR Film & TV. Co-producers are Belgium’s Climax Films and Italy’s Kino Produzioni.

The cast includes Niels Willaerts, Koen De Graeve, Karlijn Sileghem and Fortunato Cerlino (Gomorrah). 

The film won the pitch award at Flanders Image’s Connext in 2016 and was presented as a work in progress at Connext 2017. The Belgian-Italian production was also selected for Binger Writers Lab, Script & Pitch at TorinoFilmLab, and the Les Arcs co-production platform; and it won the emerging talent awards at When East Meets West in Trieste in 2014.

Rome-based Intramovies handles sales and Paradiso Filmed Entertainmentwill release the film in the Benelux.