EN - A dark malevolent fable about Camiel Borgman, who arrives as an outsider in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a growing gallery of distortion around the careful facade constructed by an arrogant wealthy couple, their three children and their nanny.
NL - Camiel Borgman is een donkere vertelling waarin het personage Camiel Borgman centraal staat. Hij arriveert als een buitenstaander in de omheinde lanen van een villawijk. Zijn komst is het begin van een reeks verontrustende gebeurtenissen rond de zorgvuldig opgetrokken façade van een arrogant, welgesteld echtpaar, hun drie kinderen en het kindermeisje.
FR - Camiel Borgman est le personnage principal de cette histoire sombre. Il arrive tel un étranger dans les rues condamnées d'une cité moderne. Son arrivée marque le début d'une série d'évènements inquiétants qui se produisent à proximité de la façade d'un couple aisé et arrogant qui vit avec ses trois enfants et leur gardienne.
|World première / first public presentation||2012-07-18|
|Cast||Jan Bijvoet, Hadewich Minis, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, Jeroen Perceval, Gene Bervoets, Tom Dewispelaere|
|Art director||Geert Paradis|
|Music||Vincent van Warmerdam|
|Running time film||90'|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)|
|Production partners||Graniet Film (NL), Angel Fims (DK)|
2013: Cannes Film Festival (FR), Ostend Film Festival (BE), Bozar Brussels (BE), Toronto Film Festival (CAN), Tokyo International Film Festival (JP), Serbia Film Festival, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (FR), Netherlands Film Festival (NL), Film Festival Lund (SE), International Fantastic Film Festival Sitges (ES)
2013: Golden Tower Award - Serbia Film Festival, Méliès d'Argent for Best European Fantastic Film - Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival (FR), Golden Calf Best Film & Best Screenplay & Best Actress - Netherlands Film Festival (NL), Best Film - Film Festival Lund (SE), Best Film - International Fantastic Film Festival Sitges (ES)
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).
Tom Van Avermaet’s short film Death of a Shadow has been awarded the Silver Meliès at the Leeds International Short Film Festival, making it an official candidate for the Meliès d’Or competition, taking place at the film festival of Sitges next October.
Van Avermaet attended the Leeds International Film Festival being invited as a jury member for the Short Film City competitions, including the Oscar-qualifying Louis le Prince and World Animation sections.
Invited for the Breakthrough section, Patrice Toye’s feature film Little Black Spiders is set to screen at this year’s AFI Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from 7-14 November. Nicolas Provost’s short Tokyo Giants is screening in the short film competition, while Borgman and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, two co-productions with Flanders, are also part of the line-up, as isThe Congress, whose animated scenes were covered by Brussels animation studio Walking The Dog.
With Little Black Spiders, Toye returns to the late seventies, where pregnant teenage girls are kept hidden in the attic of a hospital awaiting the birth of their baby. Some want to put their mistake behind them as soon as possible, but Katja, herself an orphan, longs to have her own little family and will make sure nothing happens to her baby.
The Verdict by Jan Verheyen, which recently grabbed Best Direction at the Montreal World Film Fest, is selected for Official Competition at the Chicago International Film Festival (10-24 October). Also Toon Aerts’ short Perfect Drug and Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, co-produced with Flanders, were added to the line-up.
Receiving its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival end of August, The Verdict was well received by press and audiences. In its review, Variety lauded Verheyen’s film as an ‘accomplished drama’ while Screen International described The Verdict as ‘moody and atmospheric, favouring an edgy colour palette’.
In addition to the wholly Flemish films on view this year, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard section also features two co-productions with Flanders, both through Koen Mortier and Eurydice Gysel’s Brussels-based production company Epidemic: Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman (pictured) and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears.
Borgman premiered at Cannes this year and stars Flemish actors Jeroen Perceval, Jan Bijvoet, Tom Dewispelaere and Gene Bervoets. The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is written and directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, with a cast including Sam Louwyck (The Fifth Season, 22nd of May) and Hans De Munter.
Last edited on 25 November 2014