Flanders well represented at Rotterdam

A number of Flemish features, shorts, documentaries and TV series have been selected for this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (24 Jan-4 Feb).

The Flower Shop Three features from Flanders have been selected for the Bright Futures section for emerging talent with original subject matter and an individual style. They are Ruben Desiere’s debut feature The Flower Shop; Christina Vandekerckhove’s documentary Rabot; and Kristof Hoornaert’s recently released debut feature Resurrection.

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Published on Friday 19 January 2018

Janet van den Brand’s Ceres invited to the Berlinale

The documentary film Ceres by Brussels-based Dutch director Janet van den Brand has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival (15-25 February), where it will be in competition in the Generation Kplus programme.

CeresCeres is an intimate portrait of four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. The film explores the world through their eyes and examines their relationship to nature and human society.

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Published on Wednesday 17 January 2018

Matteo Simoni is one of the 2018 European Shooting Stars

Matteo Simoni has been picked as one of the Shooting Stars, a selection of 10 up-and-coming actors from all over Europe who will be in the spotlight at the Berlin International Film Festival. He follows in the footsteps of international film and TV stars such as Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig, Jérémie Renier and Matthias Schoenaerts, who were all Shooting Stars earlier in their careers.

Matteo SimoniThe Shooting Stars will be presented to the film industry, public and international press during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival (15-25 February, 2018), where they will also take part in a special workshop programme.

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Published on Thursday 21 December 2017

Lukas Dhont’s project Girl wins Work In Progress Award at Les Arcs

Girl, Lukas Dhont’s debut feature currently in post-production, has won the Titrafilm Work In Progress Award at this year’s Les Arcs European Film Festival. The Award comes with an EUR 10,000 post-production grant. In October, Dhont won the Grid VFX Works In Progress Award at this year’s edition of CONNeXT.

GirlGirl is the story of a 15-year-old girl born in a boy's body who is ready to risk everything to pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina. In Les Arcs, Dhont presented some excerpts from his film which is currently being edited.

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Published on Monday 18 December 2017

Resurrection gets international sales deal

Kristof Hoornaert’s debut feature, starring Johan Leysen and Gilles De Schryver, has been acquired by the Italian sales company TVCO. Resurrection had its world premiere at Film Fest Gent in October and its international premiere in the First Features Competition at the Black Nights Film Festival in Tallinn on 27 November.

ResurrectionResurrection tells the story of an elderly recluse who takes a young man into his house after finding him half-naked and lost. The leading parts in Resurrection are played by Leysen and De Schryver. The film was shot by Lithuanian cinematographer Rimvydas Leipus

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Published on Tuesday 28 November 2017

Home grabs six at Ensors Gala

Fien Troch’s Home was a clear winner at the eighth Gala of the Ensors, the local Academy Award equivalent. The film won Ensors for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.

HomeOther awards went to Le Ciel Flamand, King of the Belgians, Past Imperfect, My First Highway, Storm, Souvenir, The Prime Minister, Speechless, Shadow World, On attend, Kastaars, Ghost Rockers: For Ever, A Wedding and Brimstone.

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Published on Tuesday 19 September 2017

Flanders Image unveils CONNeXT’s full film line-up

Flanders Image has unveiled the full line-up of features to be presented — either in full, as a work in progress or as a pitch — at the second outing of its invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (8-11 October). Among the titles is new work from established filmmakers, including Oscar®-nominated directors Stijn Coninx, Dominique Deruddere and Michaël R. Roskam, as well as projects from a number of exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.


CONNeXT 17At CONNeXT, festival curators, sales agents and buyers are offered a chance to get a glimpse of what is coming up in 2018 and beyond.

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Published on Monday 4 September 2017

Gilles Coulier’s Cargo in Competition at the London Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature Cargo has been selected for the First Features Competition at the London Film Festival (4–15 October). Two further features and three shorts from Flanders have also been invited.

GenBCargo tells the raw story of how an Ostend fishing family is brought to the edge of destruction by a series of dramatic events. The lead roles are played by Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele. In London, Cargo is competing for the Sutherland Trophy, the main prize in the First Features Competition.

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Published on Thursday 31 August 2017

Belgium sends Roskam's Racer and the Jailbird to Oscars

Michaël R Roskam's third feature Racer and the Jailbird, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos, is this year's official Foreign Language Academy Award entry for Belgium, it was decided today by the country's Oscar® committee. Racer and the Jailbird is to get its world première in Venice and Toronto. Back in 2012, Roskam's feature debut Bullhead also got nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar.

Racer and the JailbirdIn Racer and the Jailbird, it’s love at first sight at a racing circuit when gangster Gino (‘Gigi’) meets Benedicte (‘Bibi'), a wealthy and fearless racing driver. Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, but also against reason and their own weaknesses. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?

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Published on Friday 25 August 2017

Fien Troch’s Home shortlisted for the European Film Awards

Fien Troch’s fourth feature Home is on the shortlist for the European Film Awards in the category Feature Film. The nominees will be announced on 4 November in Seville and the winners revealed at the awards ceremony in Berlin on 9 December.

HomeHome is Fien Troch’s fourth feature, after Kid, Unspoken, and Someone Else’s HappinessHome had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016, where it won the Orrizonti Award for Best Director. Home was selected for festivals in Toronto, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Bogotá and Lisbon.

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Published on Tuesday 22 August 2017

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