EN - Camiel Borgman is the central character in this dark, malevolent fable. He arrives as an outsider in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a growing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.
NL - Camiel Borgman is een donkere vertelling waarin het personage Camiel Borgman centraal staat. Hij arriveert als een buitenstaander in de omheinde lanen van een villawijk. Zijn komst is het begin van een reeks verontrustende gebeurtenissen rond de zorgvuldig opgetrokken façade van een arrogant, welgesteld echtpaar, hun drie kinderen en het kindermeisje.
FR - Camiel Borgman est le personnage principal de cette histoire sombre. Il arrive tel un étranger dans les rues condamnées d'une cité moderne. Son arrivée marque le début d'une série d'évènements inquiétants qui se produisent à proximité de la façade d'un couple aisé et arrogant qui vit avec ses trois enfants et leur gardienne.
|Year of production||2012|
|World première / first public presentation||2012-07-18|
|Cast||Jan Bijvoet, Hadewich Minis, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, Jeroen Perceval, Gene Bervoets, Tom Dewispelaere|
|Art director||Geert Paradis|
|Music||Vincent van Warmerdam|
|Running time film||90'|
|Supported by||the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
|Production partners||Graniet Film (NL), Angel Fims (DK)|
2013: Cannes Film Festival (FR), Ostend Film Festival (BE), Bozar Brussels (BE)
Tom Van Avermaet’s short film Death of a Shadow has been awarded the Silver Meliès at the Leeds International Short Film Festival, making it an official candidate for the Meliès d’Or competition, taking place at the film festival of Sitges next October.
Van Avermaet attended the Leeds International Film Festival being invited as a jury member for the Short Film City competitions, including the Oscar-qualifying Louis le Prince and World Animation sections.
Invited for the Breakthrough section, Patrice Toye’s feature film Little Black Spiders is set to screen at this year’s AFI Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from 7-14 November. Nicolas Provost’s short Tokyo Giants is screening in the short film competition, while Borgmanand The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, two co-productions with Flanders, are also part of the line-up, as isThe Congress, whose animated scenes were covered by Brussels animation studio Walking The Dog.
With Little Black Spiders, Toye returns to the late seventies, where pregnant teenage girls are kept hidden in the attic of a hospital awaiting the birth of their baby. Some want to put their mistake behind them as soon as possible, but Katja, herself an orphan, longs to have her own little family and will make sure nothing happens to her baby.
The Verdict by Jan Verheyen, which recently grabbed Best Direction at the Montreal World Film Fest, is selected for Official Competition at the Chicago International Film Festival (10-24 October). Also Toon Aerts’ short Perfect Drug and Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, co-produced with Flanders, were added to the line-up.
Receiving its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival end of August, The Verdict was well received by press and audiences. In its review, Variety lauded Verheyen’s film as an ‘accomplished drama’ while Screen International described The Verdict as ‘moody and atmospheric, favouring an edgy colour palette’.
In addition to the wholly Flemish films on view this year, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard section also features two co-productions with Flanders, both through Koen Mortier and Eurydice Gysel’s Brussels-based production company Epidemic: Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman (pictured) and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears.
Borgman premiered at Cannes this year and stars Flemish actors Jeroen Perceval, Jan Bijvoet, Tom Dewispelaere and Gene Bervoets. The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is written and directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, with a cast including Sam Louwyck (The Fifth Season, 22nd of May) and Hans De Munter.
Flemish actors will be appearing in some of the most eagerly awaited films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone - pictured) stars in Guillaume Canet’s re-edited Blood Ties which is to receive a Gala Presentation at the fest.
Johan Leysen, known for his role in The American, stars in François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful. Leysen is also one of the leads, together with Koen De Bouw (The Memory of a Killer), Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Jappe Claes (Dossier K.), in Montreal World Film Fest sensation The Verdict by Jan Verheyen.
Last edited on 20 August 2013