Marine Le Pen was defeated in the French election that brought Emmanuel Macron to power, but her far right-wing party, with its nationalist, anti-immigrant platform, lives on to feed the fear and resentment that begot Donald Trump’s election. This is Our Land is a fictionalized story of an attractive working-class single mother in the North of France who naively agrees to run for mayor, representing the Patriotic Bloc. With the help of a charming André Dussollier as the town’s esteemed physician, the Populists’ rhetoric seizes control of the minds of the electorate. With Catherine Jacob as the blonde-bobbed leader who never met an angry crowd she couldn’t make angrier.

Director’s biography

Lucas Belvaux (born 14 November 1961) is a Belgian actor and film director. His directing credits include The Trilogie, consisting of three films with interlocking stories and characters, each of which was filmed in a different genre. The three films are Cavale, a thriller; Un couple épatant, a comedy; and Après la vie, a melodrama. The Trilogie received the André Cavens Award. His film La Raison du plus faible was entered into the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. His film One Night was nominated for seven Magritte Awards, winning Best Screenplay. He also appeared as an actor in the film Merry Christmas (2005). He is the brother of Rémy Belvaux and Bruno Belvaux.

Festivals and awards

Best Actress: Émilie Dequenne – Magritte Awards, Belgium 2018
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017
Istanbul International Film Festival 2017


This is Our Land (fic.)
Director: Lucas Belvaux
Country: France, Belgium
Year: 2017.
Runtime: 117′
Language: French
Cast: Émilie Dequenne, André Dussollier, Guillaume Gouix 
Production: Synecdoche, Artémis Productions
Europe – Zone of Change