EN - A murder and the ensuing investigation create panic in the so-called Belgian cattle hormone mafia. During a transaction, an illegal growth hormone dealer and a police informer confront each other in a crime investigation. But then a dark and unsettling story about loyalty and friendship unfolds relating to their tormented past as former childhood friends.
FR - Le meurtre d’un policier et l’enquête qui s’ensuit crée la panique dans la Mafia belge du trafic d’hormones sur le bétail. Pendant une transaction, un trafiquant d’hormones illégales et un informateur de la police se font face lors d’une enquête criminelle. Celle-ci débouche sur une histoire sombre et troublante sur la loyauté et l’amitié relatant leur passé tourmenté en tant qu’amis d’enfance.
|Original language||Dutch, French|
|Cast||Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Barbara Sarafian, Jeanne Dandoy, Tibo Vandenborre, Sam Louwyck, a.o.|
|Running time film||120'|
|Aspect ratio||1:2.35 (scope)|
|Sound format||Dolby Digital|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Media Development Program of the E.U., Dutch Film Fund (NFF), Commission Cinéma de la Communauté Française, Bruxellimage|
Halfway, Waste Land, Labyrinthus and Violet have all been selected for the Cleveland International Film Festival (18-29 March). Also in the line-up are short film Wien for Life, together with Alleluia, Ne me quitte pas and Above Us All, three co-productions with Flanders.
Halfway, the sixth feature of Come As You Are director Geoffrey Enthoven and scripted by Pierre De Clercq, will be presented in Cleveland’s After Hours programme. In Halfway, Stephen moves into the luxury home he managed to buy at a rock-bottom price. But his peace is soon disturbed by Theo, who claims to be the rightful owner. But Theo, it turns out, died two years ago.
Waste Land and Alleluia are part of the same section. Previously presented in Toronto, Les Arcs and Austin, Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land is about taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste, whose very last homicide case slowly drags him deeper into the grim underbelly of Brussels. Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier produced the film for Epidemic (Borgman, Rivers Return).
Kid, Fien Troch’s third feature, has been selected for official competition at Paris Cinéma (28 June- 9 July). This year the Parisian summer festival puts the spotlight on Belgian cinema with numerous selections and retrospectives of its films and filmmakers.
Fien Troch’s Kid is running in official competition at Paris Cinéma. The film, produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time, already screened at festivals in Rome, Palm Springs and Aubagne earlier this year.
Four Flemish features have been selected for competition at the 29th Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Brasserie Romantique, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Offline and Time of My Life are all in the running to take home some prizes. This year, the festival has also organised a focus on Belgium and pays homage to Flemish actor Jan Decleir.
Both Joel Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique and Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown screen as part of the fest’s official competition. Peter Monsaert’s directorial debut Offline is selected for the competitive First Works section, while Nic Baltazar is competing in the Man and His Environment category with Time of My Life.
It has taken a little while, but Jeroen Perceval is beginning to feel the Bullhead effect. After playing opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in the Oscar-nominated film, the offers have been rolling in. ‘It took about a year, but then a lot of people started calling,’ he says. Thanks to one of those calls he will walk the red carpet in Cannes for the world premiere of Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman.
Text Ian Mundell | Portrait Filip Van Roe
Other calls led to smaller roles in the French film Son épouse by Michel Spinosa, shot in India with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Yvan Attal, and Die andere Heimat, the conclusion of Edgar Reitz’s epic series exploring German history. The shifts in accent and language of this international work have been rewarding. ‘Some actors like to stay close to themselves, but I like to change.’
Last year’s Oscar nomination for Bullhead launched the international careers of director Michaël R. Roskam and leading man Matthias Schoenaerts. The film’s producer, Bart Van Langendock, has yet to follow them across the atlantic, but the nomination has changed his life in other ways.
‘Industry people like international sales agents and distributors are more eager to listen to what I have to offer now,’ he says. ‘Now that they know my name, and it’s linked to Bullhead, they are at least willing to look at new projects.’
Last edited on 16 December 2014