EN - Nono wants to be like his father – the best police inspector in the world – but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself... Together with master master-burglar Felix Glick - an old acquaintance of his father – he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono’s life forever.
Based on the novel by David Grossman.
NL - De moeder van de 13-jarige Nono is overleden toen hij één jaar was. Zijn vader, inspecteur Feierberg, is 'de beste politie-inspecteur ter wereld'. Nono doet zijn best om op hem te lijken, maar raakt steeds in de problemen. Daarom stuurt zijn vader hem twee dagen voor zijn bar mitswa naar zijn oom Sjmoel om volwassen te worden. In de trein treft Nono een mysterieuze opdracht: het is zijn laatste kans om zich te bewijzen. Samen met meestercrimineel Felix Glick trekt hij naar de Franse Rivièra, op zoek naar de waarheid over zijn moeder. Zal hij achterhalen wat haar geheim is voor zijn vader hem opgespoord heeft?
FR - Nono veut être comme son père, le meilleur inspecteur de police au monde, mais il a constamment des ennuis. Deux jours avant sa Bar Mitzvah, il est envoyé chez son oncle Sjmoel, qui est sensé le remettre sur les rails. Cependant, au cours du trajet en train, Nono a une dernière chance de prouver qui il est… Avec le maître cambrioleur Feliw Glick, une vieille connaissance de son père, il arrête le train et entre dans un monde de camouflages, de poursuites, de chanson française et de Zohara, une femme mystérieuse dont les secrets changeront à jamais la vie de Nono.
|Title||The Zigzag Kid|
|Original title||Nono, het Zigzag Kind|
|Year of production||2012|
|World première / first public presentation||2012-09-09|
|Cast||Burghart Klaußner, Isabella Rossellini, Fedja van Huêt, Thomas Simon, Jessica Zeylmaker, Camille DePazzis|
|Photography||Walther Vanden Ende|
|Music||Thomas de Prins|
|Running time film||90'|
|Other available formats||DCP|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
|Production partners||BosBros (Burny Bos), N279 Entertainment (Els Vandevorst)|
2013: Berlin International Film Festival - Generation Kplus (DE)
2012: Toronto International Film Festival (CA), Dutch Film Festival (NL)
The Zigzag Kid by Vincent Bal has won the European Young Audience Award after 12-to-14-year-olds from nine European countries casted their vote for one of the three nominated youth films. The Zigzag Kid, a Dutch-Belgian co-production quickly surfaced as the absolute favourite by grabbing the highest scores in every country. Issued by the European Film Academy (EFA), it’s the second time the Young Audience Award was presented.
On May 6 the nine partnering European countries organised a Young Audience Film Day for the second year in a row. An audience of 12-to-14-year-olds got the chance to watch EFA’s three nominated films and to vote for their favourite. Also in the running was the Franco-Belgian animation feature The Suicide Shop as well as the German film UPSIDEdown.
Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Janet van den Brand’s short Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis have been selected for the Berlin international Film Festival (7-17 February). Both films will premiere internationally in the fest’s Panorama Specials strand and Generation Kplus shorts competition respectively. Two co-productions were also confirmed: Flemish director Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, which will open the Generation programme, and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love. Recent features such as Peter Monsaert's Offline and Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy! make their market debuts at the Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM). Other EFM entries are The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, as well as co-productionsTenderness by Marion Hänsel, Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alo and Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne.
The Broken Circle Breakdown is represented internationally by The Match Factory. The film is already a box office hit in its home territory with over 320,000 admissions (and still going strong).The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (Turquaze, The Misfortunates) and stars Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh. In honour of the Panorama Specials selection, Flanders Image is also publishing a special 'Talent Matters' section entirely dedicated to van Groeningen's work.
Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, has been selected for the 63th Berlin International Film Festival (7-17 February). The film, which stars Burghart Klaussner and Isabella Rossellini, will screen in the youth section of the Berlinale, Generation Kplus. Earlier this year, Nono had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In Nono, the Zigzag Kid, Nono wants to be like his father – the best police inspector in the world – but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself…
Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 6-16 September). This is the film's second invitation from a major international film festival after its place in the competition in Venice. Toronto also added Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and Comrade Kim goes Flying by Kim Gwan Hun, Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans to its line-up.
The Fifth Season will be competing in the Wavelengths section for ‘films that expand our notions of cinema’ and made by ‘daring, visionary and autonomous voices’. Toronto will also mark the film’s North American premiere. This new feature by filmmaking duo Brosens and Woodworth is the last part of a trilogy. After Khadak, which won the Lion of the Future/Luigi de Laurentiis Award in Venice in 2006 (where it was shown as part of the Venice Days), and the award-winning Altiplano which received its world premiere at the Cannes Critics' Week, The Fifth Season once again focuses on the troubled relationship between man and nature.
The cast of Vincent Bal's latest film, Nono, The Zig Zag Kid, knows about his taste in movies. 'At the end of the shoot I gave each of the actors a DVD of a film that had really touched me,' he explains. 'Among them were The Apartment, To Be Or Not To Be - I gave that to Isabella Rossellini - and Hôtel du Nord by Marcel Carné. These old films are from so long ago but you can see that they are about people. It's the story of the characters that touches you. They are so well-written, so well-made. Timeless, in a way.'
Even though cinema has changed since these films were made, Bal thinks lessons can still be learned from them. 'The rhythm may be different but the emotions are the same,' he says. 'I think you can also get something from the tone. In Billy Wilder's films, for example, there's a combination of sarcasm and a sort of romance. It's like yin and yang. If it's only romance, it gets sappy, so you need a bit of the sarcasm to make it real and gritty. I really like that combination.'
Bal first came into contact with the films of Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch and other classic directors through watching TV when he was growing up in Ghent. He was also touched by more modern films. 'I'm a child of the eighties, so films like Back to the Future were really important, but I also discovered Woody Allen, and that was an eye-opener for me because I really loved the humour,' he says. 'Then, when I was 18, I discovered Peter Greenaway, which was a totally different kind of cinema and very visual. I loved Drowning By Numbers.'
Last edited on 31 January 2013