EN - A group of young BMX riders are confronted with the unexpected and violent death of Jonas, one of their friends. Being the only one to have witnessed the incident, they all look at 15-year-old Jesse for answers. His companions’ looks and his inability to answer their questions gradually isolate Jesse. The grief for the loss of his best friend and the growing feeling of loneliness stand in the way of Jesse’s search for comfort. Violet is a visual account of a teenager’s mourning process.
NL - Een groep jonge bmx'ers wordt geconfronteerd met de onverwachte en gewelddadige dood van één van hun vrienden, Jonas. Als enige getuige van diens dood, kijkt iedereen naar de 15-jarige Jesse voor antwoorden. De blikken van de anderen en Jesse’s onmacht om hun vragen te beantwoorden isoleren hem langzaam. Het verdriet om het verlies van zijn beste vriend en het groeiende gevoel van eenzaamheid bemoeilijken Jesse’s zoektocht naar troost. Violet is een visueel portret van het rouwproces van een tiener.
FR - De jeunes pilotes de BMX doivent essuyer une grande défaite.
|Year of production||2014|
|Cast||César De Sutter, Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer|
|Art director||Jeff Otte|
|Running time film||82'|
|Release format||DCP-JPEG 2000|
|Sound format||Dolby SRD|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, CFWB|
|Production partners||Artemis Productions, Phanta Vision|
2014: Berlin International Film Festival - Generation 14plus (DE)
Bas devos went to film school on a hunch. 'I didn't know so much about film and I’m still not a cinephile,' he says. But halfway through his studies at Sint-Lukas in Brussels he realised that this was his medium. 'I got a strong sense that here was a something I could only say through film.' That trigger was a sequence he wanted to shoot in which the camera follows a man through a wood. Rather than treat this as a scene from a thriller, Devos wanted to strip away all the genre elements. 'It half-worked,' he recalls, 'but I just got this energy from it. That hadn’t happened before.’ Devos’ first feature, Violet, is selected for competition at the Berlinale’s Generation Programme.
Since graduating, Devos has made two shorts, The Close (2007) and We Know (2009), and his first feature, Violet. This follows 15-year-old Jesse (César De Sutter) through the aftermath of his best friend’s murder. ‘It’s a small portrait of grief and grieving,’ he explains. ‘It’s an attempt to make a movie that is as honest as possible about these big emotions.’
The Generation 14plus international jury has presented the Grand Prix for best feature-length film to Bas Devos for his feature debutViolet, a visual account of a teenager’s mourning process. With the award comes a cash prize of 7,500 euro, endowed by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.
Violet received the award ‘for its abstract exploration of emotions following a tragic death and because of its exquisite sculpture of cinematography’. The members of the international jury this year were Laura Astorga Carrera, Jan Soldat and N. Bird Runningwater.
Bas Devos’ feature debut Violet is to have its world premiere at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Depicting a teenager’s growing loneliness after the brutal loss of his best friend, Violet is selected for official competition in the Generation 14plus programme. Three co-productions with Flanders also join the Generation line-up: Tamar van den Dop’s Supernova, Above Us All by Eugenie Jansen and Finn by Frans Weisz.
Bas Devos delivers his first feature project with Violet, a film about a group of BMX riders who are confronted with the unexpected and brutal loss of one of their peers.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) approved funding for 15 projects, of which 12 feature films, two feature-length documentaries and one animated short. The list includes a number of debut features supported by experienced production companies such as a.o. Minds Meet, Savage Films and Caviar.
Four projects received script support in this round: Lampedusa, Senne Dehandschutter’s feature debut, is the gripping story of a journalist travelling from Libya to Europe with a group of African refugees. Dehandschutter already received good press for his graduation short, Fertilize. Tack is the new feature project by Erik Lamens (S&M Judge) about the life of Sylvain Tack and his 70s pirate radio station Mi Amigo. Peter Krüger, who recently grabbed the Grand Prize at FIFA in Montreal with his doc Antwerp Central, received support forContinental Drift. Finally, Alex Stockman (Pulsar) can start working on his new feature, Electric Blue.
Last edited on 11 February 2014