EN - A group of young BMX riders are confronted with the unexpected and violent death of Jonas, one of their friends. Fifteen-year-old Jesse was the only one to witness the incident and the others look to him for answers. His companions’ attitudes and his inability to answer their questions gradually isolate Jesse, as he copes with grief for the loss of his best friend and a growing sense of loneliness.
NL - Een groep jonge bmx'ers wordt geconfronteerd met de onverwachte en gewelddadige dood van één van hun vrienden, Jonas. Als enige getuige van diens dood, kijkt iedereen naar de 15-jarige Jesse voor antwoorden. De blikken van de anderen en Jesse’s onmacht om hun vragen te beantwoorden isoleren hem langzaam. Het verdriet om het verlies van zijn beste vriend en het groeiende gevoel van eenzaamheid bemoeilijken Jesse’s zoektocht naar troost. Violet is een visueel portret van het rouwproces van een tiener.
FR - Lorsque Jonas, quinze ans, est le seul témoin du meurtre de son ami, les autres membres de son groupe de BMX se tourne vers lui pour des réponses. Mais son incapacité de répondre à leurs questions l’isole de plus en plus. Violet est un portrait visuel du deuil d’un adolescent.
|Cast||César De Sutter, Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer|
|Art director||Jeff Otte|
|User sequences directors||Herman Asselberghs, Fairuz|
|Running time film||82'|
|Release format||DCP-JPEG 2000|
|Sound format||Dolby SRD|
|Supported by||Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), NFF, CFWB|
|Production partners||Artemis Productions, Phanta Vision|
2014: Berlin International Film Festival - Generation 14plus (DE)
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).
Bas Devos’s debut feature film Violet has been invited to New Directors/New Films. The 44th edition of the prestigious event takes place in New York (March 18-25) and is jointly organised by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
The last time a Flemish project was selected for New Directors/New Films was in 2007, when the festival showed Geoffrey Enthoven’s The Only One. The event has a great history of discovering and launching filmmakers, with directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater and Wong Kar-wai among the guests.
Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land has been selected for Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (13-20 December). Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet and Benoit De Clerck’s short film The Hunger are also part of the official line-up. Flemish projects to be discovered in the professional programme are Kenneth Mercken’s Coureur and Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus. Finally, three new feature films from Flanders - Black, Belgian Rhapsody and again Waste Land - will be pitched to an audience of distributors and cinema owners from France.
Waste Land, Black and Belgian Rhapsody will be presented during the Les Arcs Summit, a yearly programme that reunites independent distributors and industry professionals focusing on the exhibition of European films in France and made up of a number of films scheduled for a 2015 release.
Violet by Bas Devos and Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August have both been selected for competition at this year’s Torino Film Festival (21-29 November). Emilie Verhamme’s feature film debut Eau Zoo will have its international premiere at the Festival, while In Your Name, co-produced with Flanders, and Michaël R. Roskam’s The Drop are also part of the line-up.
After stops in Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Montreal and Los Angeles, Violet now heads for Turin, where it is to screen in the Torino 32 competition programme. Screening in the TFFDOC documentary competition, meanwhile, is Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August. Emilie Verhamme’s Eau Zoo receives its international premiere at the Torino Film Festival.
Bas Devos’s Violet has received a special jury mention for its cinematography at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles (6-13 November). Devos’s feature debut was shot by Nicolas Karakatsanis, also known for his work on The Drop, The Loft and Bullhead.
In its report, the jury praised Karakatsanis for his collection of powerful images, presented through a variety of camera sources. His “long, graceful takes that underscore the powerful silences of the film’s haunting storytelling” prompted the jury to present the DOP with a special citation.
Last edited by VAF on 9 April 2015