Vincent and Umpire invited to Locarno

Vincent, the new feature by Moscow, Belgium director Christophe Van Rompaey, is to have its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival (3-13 August). Starring Spencer Bogaert, Barbara Sarafian and French actress Alexandra Lamy, the film will have an open-air screening in the Piazza Grande. In addition to Vincent, Leonardo Van Dijl’s short film Umpire has been invited for the Pardi di Domani Competition.

VincentVincent is an ecologically obsessed 17-year-old who drives his family crazy with his attempts to reduce their carbon footprint. His giddy French aunt Nikki takes him on a trip to France, convinced that the boy’s obsession is caused by his suffocating mother. But on their road trip, Vincent proves to be much more than Nikki can handle.

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Published on Monday 25 July 2016

Galloping Mind and The Land of the Enlightened in Karlovy Vary

In addition to Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica and the short film Flower of a Thousand Colours, the line-up of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July) also includes Wim Vandekeybus’s Galloping Mind and The Land of the Enlightened by Pieter-Jan De Pue. Geoffrey Enthoven’s 2011 hit Come As You Are has also been picked for one the festival’s thematic sections.

Galloping MindGalloping Mind is part of ‘Another View’, a collection of notable contemporary films. In Vandekeybus’s feature, a twin brother and sister are separated at birth, neither knowing about the other’s existence. Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened is scheduled to screen in the 'Horizons' section.

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Published on Wednesday 29 June 2016

Double awards for The Land of the Enlightened in Russia

Pieter-Jan De Pue’s debut feature The Land of the Enlightened has won two awards at the Tarkovsky Film Festival in Russia. The hybrid documentary about Afghan children picked up both the Audience and the Professional Achievement awards.

Pieter-Jan De PueIn presenting the first-time director with the festival’s Professional Achievement Award, the jury cited the way in which De Pue’s experience as a photographer had influenced his work as a film director. In addition, The Land of the Enlightened was also the winner of the Audience Award.

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Published on Wednesday 29 June 2016

Black helmers to direct Beverly Hills Cop 4

More than two decades after the third film in the series was released, Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are to direct the long awaited fourth instalment in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. Eddie Murphy returns as street cop Axel Foley, while Jerry Bruckheimer, known for Pirates of the Caribbean and series such as CSI, is to produce.

Adil El Arbi & Bilall FallahThe success of the first Beverly Hills Cop film, released in 1984, lead to Eddie Murphy’s breakthrough on the big screen and was followed by a sequel in 1987 and a third film in 1994. The highly popular franchise was a huge success, with a global box-office gross of over $735 million. In 2014, Paramount announced a fourth instalment of the series, which was to be directed by Prison Break-producer Brett Ratner, but the production was eventually put on hold. Now, with El Arbi and Fallah on board, the film, based on a script by Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, has been given a new lease of life.

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Published on Wednesday 15 June 2016

The Works International secures key sales on Erik Van Looy’s thriller The Prime Minister

The Works International today announced the sale of tense action thriller The Prime Minister to Flins y Piniculas for Spain. The film has also been sold to Square One for Germany, Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) for Belgium and Dutch FilmWorks for the Netherlands.

The Prime MinisterDirected by Erik Van Looy (LoftThe Alzheimer Case), written by Van Looy and Carl Joos in collaboration with Robin Pront and produced by Hilde De Laere (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), The Prime Minister stars Koen de Bouw (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), Dirk Roofthooft (Loft, The Alzheimer Case), Saskia Reeves (Wolf Hall) and Adam Godley (BFG, The Theory of Everything).

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Published on Tuesday 14 June 2016

KVIFF invites Felix van Groeningen as Future Frames Master

Director Felix van Groeningen will be this year’s Master for Future Frames, the initiative hosted by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and European Film Promotion to promote upcoming film talents. The 10 Future Frames participants – among them Flemish filmmaker Karen Vázquez Guadarrama – will be able to attend a masterclass given by van Groeningen. His latest film Belgica is part of the Official Selection at the Festival.

Felix van Groeninge (c) Hans De GreveThe director of The Broken Circle Breakdown and The Misfortunates will not only give a masterclass but will also share his wide-ranging experience in filmmaking with the young filmmakers selected for Future Frames’ second edition. During an intensive two-day programme, the 10 emerging professionals will be introduced to the media and film industry, while their short films will be presented to the festival audience.

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Published on Wednesday 8 June 2016

Shooting starts on Kristof Hoornaert’s debut feature Resurrection

Kristof Hoornaert starts shooting his feature film debut Resurrection this week, with The Missing’s Johan Leysen and Come As You Are actor Gilles De Schryver in the main roles. Hoornaert previously directed several shorts, including Kaïn which was selected for the Berlinale Short Film Competition in 2009.

ResurrectionResurrection is the story of an old man who lives a secluded life away from society. When he discovers a young man in the surrounding woods, he takes him in out of pity and, although the young man doesn’t speak a word, a bond develops between the two of them. But one day the police come round and the man learns that his guest has killed someone. What should he do with the murderer he is sheltering?

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Published on Tuesday 7 June 2016

Black travels to Edinburgh

Black, directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, is set to receive its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which celebrates its 70th edition from 15-26 June. The contemporary Romeo & Juliet story has been selected for European Perspectives, a collection of Europe’s foremost films. The Edinburgh programme also includes Johan Grimonprez’s latest documentary, Shadow World, a co-production with Flanders.

BlackIt is nearly a year since Black started its festival career at the Toronto International Film Festival (where it won the Discovery Award), before moving on to festivals in Ghent, Gijon, Marrakech, Goteborg, Dublin, Vilnius and Budapest.

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Published on Thursday 26 May 2016

FX signs Black directors for Snowfall pilot

Black directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the pilot episode of Snowfall, a new drama series for American network FX. With the feature The Big Fix already in the pipeline, Snowfall is the second American project for the two young Belgian filmmakers.

© Jo VoetsSnowfall is set in 1980’s Los Angeles where the crack epidemic is about to break out. The story follows three characters: the young, power-hungry entrepreneur Franklin Saint; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler and gangster in search of the American dream; and CIA agent Teddy McDonald.

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Published on Wednesday 11 May 2016

Tom Van Avermaet to direct Sophie Turner in Berlin, I Love You

Belgian director Tom Van Avermaet will direct a segment of the anthology film Berlin, I Love You, starring Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire). Confirmed directors for the other segments include Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. This will be the first international project for Van Avermaet, whose short film Death of a Shadow was nominated for an Oscar in 2013.

© Bart De WaeleBerlin, I Love You is the latest instalment in the ‘Cities of Love’ franchise that includes Paris, je t'aime (2006) and New York, I Love You (2008). The films consist of 10 shorts that together make up a feature, each segment being directed by a different filmmaker.

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Published on Tuesday 10 May 2016

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