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Following the recent award wins for Labyrinthus in São Paulo and Chicago, Douglas Boswell’s family adventure has won another two, this time in India. The film was awarded the Golden Elephant - the Grand Prize of the Children’s Jury – at the International Children’s Film Festival in Hyderabad (14-20 November). It also picked up the Second Prize of the Adult Jury.
Douglas Boswell’s debut feature premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, followed by a blossoming international festival career that included stops in Cleveland and Edinburgh and awards in São Paulo, Chemnitz, Giffoni and Chicago.
Paris-based Paname Distribution has picked up the French rights to Black, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s second feature. The modern-day Romeo & Juliet story, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, will be released theatrically in France in mid-March.
After winning the Discovery Award in Toronto, the Audience Award in Ghent and being selected for Tallinn and Gijón, Black was screened at the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica earlier this month. Paname Distribution (Human, Elle, L’ombre des femmes) has acquired the theatrical rights for France and plans to release Black next March.
Black, The Ardennes and Cafard will be in official competition at the Gijón International Film Festival in Spain (20-28 November). The short film section additionally includes Copain by Jan and Raf Roosens, while Zurich and Phantom Boy, two co-productions with Flanders, have also been selected.
Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah after their debut Image, competes in the festival’s official competition. It is a modern Brussels-based gang story about 15-year-old Mavela who falls in love with Marwan, a boy from a rival youth gang. The Caviar-produced film has won the Discovery Award in Toronto and the Audience Award at the Film Fest Ghent.
Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Jan and Raf Roosens’s short film Copain will take part in the Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (12-19 December). The programme also includes Couple in a Hole by Tom Geens - a co-production with Flanders - and A Bigger Splash starring Matthias Schoenaerts.
Douglas Boswell’s family adventure Labyrinthus has won two awards at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (23 October – 1 November). The film not only won the Children’s Jury Prize, one of the main awards of the Festival, but was also handed a prize by the Adult Jury.
Belgian filmmaker Pieter Van Hees is to direct a psychological thriller about notorious murderer Lizzie Borden, whose trial haunted the US in 1892. Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart are in talks to take the main roles.
The as-yet untitled film explores the true events surrounding Lizzie Borden, a young American woman who was believed to have murdered her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892. With Borden eventually acquitted and without any further suspects ever being found, the case became one of America’s most notorious cold cases.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s second feature film Black has been selected for the official competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which takes place from 13-29 November. The contemporary Romeo & Juliet story will have its European première in Estonia. The festival programme also includes Benjamin Deboosere’s Blue Birth, showing with Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird, on which the documentary is based.
Black premiered in Toronto, taking home the festival’s Discovery Award, followed by sold-out screenings at the Film Fest Ghent where the film won the Audience Award. This November, the directing duo’s film travels to Tallinn where Black is to have its European premiere in the main competition of the Black Nights Film Festival.
Sirin Zahed, the female lead in Kadir Balci’s feature Marry Me, has received the Award for Best Actress at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York to add to her Ensor.
Sirin Zahed, who runs a hair salon in real life, made her debut as an actress with the role of Sibel Koç in Kadir Balci’s comedy feature Marry Me. The actress recently picked up the Ensor for Best Debut at the Flemish Film Awards and has now also been similarly honoured at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York.
Belgian Rhapsody, Vincent Bal’s romantic musical comedy about two rival Belgian brass bands, is to close this year’s Arras Film Festival in France (6-15 November). The line-up also includes Jan Bultheel’s animated feature Cafard. Both films are to have a French theatrical release later this year.
In the summer, the Montreal World Film Festival created a precedent by offering Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody the festival’s closing slot. The Arras Film Festival will end on an equally cheerful note in choosing the musical comedy as this year’s closing film.