EN - Four friends, An, Karen, Elke and Dorien, have organised a reunion weekend at a seaside resort. Soon the women discover that they have drifted apart much further than they had imagined. The weekend forces them to take a hard look at friendship, love and life in general ultimately bringing hope for a new beginning.
FR - Quatre amies, An, Karen, Elke et Dorien, ont organisé un week-end de retrouvaille dans une station balnéaire. Très vite, les femmes découvrent qu’elles se sont détachées l’une de l’autre beaucoup plus que ce qu’elles ne l’auraient imaginé. Le week-end les oblige à jeter un regard sévère sur l’amitié, l’amour et la vie en général, apportant finalement l’espoir d’un nouveau départ.
|Title||High Heels, Low Tide|
|Original title||Weekend aan zee|
|Year of production||2012|
|Cast||Eline Kuppens, Maaike Neuville, Marieke Dilles, Ellen Schoeters, Michaël Pas, Matteo Simoni, Kevin Janssens, Stefaan Degand, Thomas Ryckewaert|
|Photography||Marijke Van Kets|
|Running time film||90'|
|Release format||Hard Disc|
|Sound format||Dan Van Bever (on set) Thierry De Vries (post-production)|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
Ilse Somers’ debut feature High Heels, Low Tide is set for a red carpet screening in the Golden State when the film screens on 15 August in Santa Monica as part of the ‘Grit and Whimsy’ Belgian film series.
Originally launched as part of the celebrations of Belgium’s presidency of the European Union in 2010, the ‘Grit and Whimsy’ Belgian Film Series is now organised on a permanent basis by the Belgian Consulate General in LA, in partnership with Flanders Image and the American Cinemathèque, amongst others.
Writer-director Ilse Somers admits to having mixed feelings about her profession. 'I've always had this love-hate relationship with film, because it is so hard to find your way and get your projects made,' she says. Fortunately, the love has proved stronger than the hate and Somers is about to complete High Heels, Low Tide, her first feature for the big screen.
It's easy to understand Somers' ambiguous relationship with filmmaking once you hear something of her career. After training as an assistant director in Brussels in the early 1980s, she went to New York to take a masters degree in film at Columbia University. This was meant to be a stepping stone into the US film industry, but just as she was completing her first assignments the Gulf War broke out, the industry contracted and the work dried up.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has approved funding for 21 projects: 13 documentaries, two animated shorts, four fiction shorts and two fiction features. The list includes projects such as Ilse Somer’s feature debut High Heels, Low Tide and Berlinale Shorts nominee Philip J. McGoldrick's Subaru, the second part of an intended trilogy. Works from both newcomers and regulars can be found under the supported documentaries.
Two documentaries received script support. Caroline Van Gastel can start writing Eye of the Gazelle (Serendipity Films), a film about women looking for a new life after having been victims of violence. Peter Van Goethem is to start working on Cargo Vie (Freshwater Films), a biographical doc about Pascal de Duve, a promising writer and philosopher who died from AIDS at the age of 29.
Last edited on 3 December 2012