The Eighth Day & Toto the Hero


Jaco van Dormael

Published by Faber & Faber

Two screenplays by one of the new generation of European film-makers. In 1991, audiences around the world were charmed by Toto the Hero, which won twelve international awards for the Best First Film

Toto the Hero tells the story of an old man, Thomas, looking back on a life blighted by bitterness and envy due to a fantasy that he and a rich neighbor were swapped at birth. Past and present intermingle as Thomas tries to make sense of his life in a manner reminiscent of Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective

The Eighth Day tells the story of a man and his autistic brother. The power of the portrayal won the two actors the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Jaco van Dormael's work has a strange poetry; it is simultaneously dark and optimistic, alive with energy and sharp humour, suffused with humanity and composed with a structural inventiveness that is breathtaking to behold

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