EN - Based on real-life events in 1940’s America, this is the story of young nurse Martha Beck, who placed a lonely-hearts advertisement, and Raymond Fernandez, the thieving lothario who replied and who destroyed her life.
|Cast||Lola Duenas, Laurent Lucas, Stéphanie Bissot, Edith Le Merdy, Anne-Marie Loop|
|Running time film||90'|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
2014: Directors' Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival (FR), Vanguard - Toronto International Film Festival (CA)
Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land and Jonas Govaerts’s debut feature Cub have been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival (4-14 September) where they will receive their world premieres. Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, a co-production with Flanders, also joins the line-up. And, as previously announced, The Drop by Bullhead-director Michaël R. Roskam will also screen in Toronto, as will Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, both of them starring Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts.
Toronto will screen Waste Land in its Vanguard programme, which showcases ‘provocative, sexy… and possibly dangerous’ films. It is Van Hees’s third feature after Left Bank (2008) and Dirty Mind (2009).
Alleluia, the new film by Belgian director Fabrice du Welz, has been selected for this year’s Directors’ Fortnight (15-25 May), the independent section of the Cannes Film Festival, revealed artistic director Edouard Waintrop, announcing 19 features and 11 short films. Bart Van Langendonck of production hub Savage Film co-produced the film for Flanders.
Alleluia is du Welz’s fourth film after Calvaire, Vinyan and Colt 45. Although situated once more in the Belgian Ardennes, the story is loosely based on real events that shook the United States between 1947 and 1949.
Savage Film producer Bart Van Langendonck is in Cannes to present his Brussels-based production outfit’s new three-year slate. In addition to brand new projects from the directors the company started with five years ago (Michaël R Roskam and Bram Van Paesschen), young filmmakers such as Hans Van Nuffel, Matthias Schoenaerts and Robin Pront are now joining the producer's growing talent pool to develop their own feature-length projects.
Equator is the second feature by Hans Van Nuffel, the 2011 European Film Award Discovery of the Year winner (for Oxygen). The Faithful (Le fidèle) is the second feature film project from Oscar-nominated director Michaël R Roskam (Bullhead), while Franky will be the directorial debut of critically acclaimed Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) recently approved funding for 26 feature-length fiction projects. The list includes much anticipated projects, such as Stijn Coninx’s Marina and Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land, that can start production. Dominique Deruddere’s Flying Home and Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens’ Kebab Royal also received development support, while Lucifer by two-time Cannes selected director Gust Van den Berghe and Marry Me by Kadir Balci got script funding for their next projects.
Epidemic, the production company behind Koen Mortier’s 22nd of May and Ex Drummer, received production support for both Bruno Forzani and Hélène Cattet’s The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears and Waste Land, a new film by Pieter Van Hees (Dirty Mind, Left Bank). Brussels-based production outfit Savage Film (Bullhead) can start production on Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, while A Private View (Oxygen) is set to shoot Joël Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique, which was written by Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem and Pat Van Beirs (who both scripted Moscow, Belgium).
Last edited on 30 July 2014