EN - Two brothers start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene.
|Cast||Tom Vermeir, Stef Aerts|
|Running time film||105'|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
|Production partners||Topkapi (NL), Pyramide Productions (FR)|
Earlier this week, Flemish director Felix van Groeningen began filming Belgica, a story about two brothers who get swept away by their own success. Last year, van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar.
Belgica tells the story of Jo and Frank, two brothers who have their differences over the years but, when their paths cross once more, decide to start a bar called Belgica. The place becomes a hotspot in Belgium’s nightlife scene in no time, but both brothers threaten to get swept away by their success.
Drama Belgica has been confirmed as the next feature from Oscar-nominated helmer Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown). The project recently received production money from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Principal photography is set to start this autumn.
Mid-January the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced that van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown is among this year’s Foreign-language Oscar nominees. In the meantime, van Groeningen has also unveiled what is to become his fifth feature.
Actors Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone, The Drop) and Stef Aerts (Oxygen, Madly in Love) are set to star in Belgica, Felix van Groeningen’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.
The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene. Van Groeningen completed the script of Belgica together with Arne Sierens, who also co-wrote With Friends Like These.
When everything comes together there’s nothing to beat being a film producer. ‘Finding an audience with a good film is amazing,’ says Dirk Impens of Menuet. It’s a big kick. It’s orgasmic.’ Impens felt the love early on in his career with Daens, which was nominated for an Oscar, and more recently with Felix Van Groeningen’s The Misfortunates, which was a huge success at home and in festivals abroad. Van Groeningen’s latest, The Broken Circle Breakdown, rolls out internationally at the Berlinale.
However, Impens wasn't so sure it would happen with van Groeningen's most recent movie. Where The Misfortunates attracted a young audience with its mix of comic bad behaviour and deep emotion, The Broken Circle Breakdown is about a more sobering subject: a couple driven apart when their small daughter develops a terminal illness.
Last edited by VAF on 9 December 2014