Frédéric Fonteyne

France, Belgium, Luxemburg 105 min Fiction


JC is a prison guard. He is a man without a story, hiding behind rules. He only has one fantasy: Tango dancing. One night, in dance class, JC meets Alice. They dance together. The next day he sees her again in the prison visiting room. First visiting one man, then another… Alice is the wife of two inmates, Fernand and Dominic, whom she follows with her son from prison to prison. The prison rules prohibit the guards from socializing with inmates’ family members. For the first time in his life, JC is about to break the rules.


Frédéric Fonteyne

He made his name with Une liaison pornographique (1999), the first one of a trilogy about the meaning of love and sex that culminates now with Free Tango, winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the Horizons section at the Venice Film Festival.

Filmography: Tango libre (2012), La Femme de Gilles (2004), Una relación privada (1999), Max et Bobo (1997).

Frédéric Fonteyne

Film information

Original Title: Tango Libre
Director: Frédéric Fonteyne
Script: Philippe Blasband, Anne Paulicevich
Contact: Paco Poch
With: François Damiens, Anne Paulicevich, Sergi López, Jan Hammenecker, Zacharie Chasseriau
Country: France, Belgium, Luxemburg
Year: 2012
Format: Digital
Length: 105 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan
Edition: 2013