EN - Brussels. Dealing with the capital’s grim underbelly on a daily basis, taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste lives with Kathleen and her five-year-old son. But his convictions start to crumble when Kathleen unexpectedly becomes pregnant. His very last homicide case, involving a death-obsessed dealer in Congolese cult statues, slowly drags him deeper into the wasteland, far away from his wife and his role as a father.
Waste Land is a psychological thriller about a man and a city in crisis during the nine months of pregnancy of his wife.
FR - Bruxelles. Leo Woeste, un détective introverti, vit avec sa femme Kathleen et leur fils de 5 ans. Quotidiennement confronté à la dure réalité de la face cachée de la capitale, les convictions de Leo s'effondrent lorsque sa femme tombe enceinte contre toute attente. Sa dernière affaire d'homicide, impliquant un trafiquant de statuettes de culte congolaises obsédé par la mort, l'éloigne peu à peu de sa femme et de son rôle de père.
Waste Land est un thriller psychologique à propos d'un homme et d'une ville en crise pendant les neuf mois de grossesse de sa femme.
|Original title||Waste Land|
|Original language||Dutch, French|
|World première / first public presentation||2014-09-04|
|Cast||Jérémie Renier, Natali Broods, Babetida Sadjo, Peter Van den Begin, Peter Van den Eede, Mourade Zeguendi, François Beukelaers|
|Sound||Marc Engels, Senjan Jansen, Matthieu Cox|
|Art director||Geert Paredis|
|Makeup||Esther De Goey|
|Sound design||Senjan Jansen|
|Running time film||97'|
|Other available formats||dvd|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Wallimage/Bruxellimage, The Belgian Federal Governmnent's Tax Shelter, Telenet, 2BE|
|Production partners||Versus Production, Mollywood|
2014: Vanguard - Toronto International Film Festival (CA)
2012: Berlinale Co-production Market (DE)
Waste Land by Pieter Van Hees and Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet have been selected for the sixth edition of the European Film Festival of Les Arcs (December 13-20). Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, in which local actor Sam Louwyck plays the male lead, adds further flavour from Flanders to the programme.
Hans Herbots’s The Treatment, Waste Land, directed by Pieter Van Hees, and Jonas Govaerts’s debut feature Cub are invited to Austin for the city’s Fantastic Fest (18-25 September). They are joined by three co-productions with Flanders: Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the animation special A Town Called Panic – The Christmas Log.
The Treatment tells the story of Nick Cafmeyer, an intelligent but troubled police inspector who’s still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a nine-year-old boy goes missing, he takes the lead in the relentless manhunt that follows. Directed by Hans Herbots, the film is based on Mo Hayder’s crime novel.
The Busan International Film Festival (October 2-11) has invited Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land. Van Hees will himself present the psychological thriller – which is premiering in Toronto this week – at the South Korean fest. Also part of the Busan bill are Alleluia,Two Days, One Night and Nymphomaniac, which were co-produced with Flanders, as well as Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’sThe Drop and Le meraviglie, starring local actor Sam Louwyck.
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).
Matthias Schoenaerts is the toast of France. In March he was named the number one actor to watch in 2012 by Le Figaro, and he is set to tread the red carpet in Cannes with Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone. But after a high profile campaign in the USA around Bullhead's Oscar nomination, the limelight doesn't faze him.
‘It's fun, and of course it's really nice to get that kind of recognition,' he says. 'But at the end of the day it doesn't change anything. I think I just need to continue working the way I work.’
Last edited on 13 November 2014