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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.
Earlier this week, Flemish director Felix van Groeningen began filming Belgica, a story about two brothers who get swept away by their own success. Last year, van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar.
Belgica tells the story of Jo and Frank, two brothers who have their differences over the years but, when their paths cross once more, decide to start a bar called Belgica. The place becomes a hotspot in Belgium’s nightlife scene in no time, but both brothers threaten to get swept away by their success.
Gust Van den Berghe’s feature Lucifer has won the Grand Prix at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia (14-30 November). This marks the first international recognition for the film, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival in October. The festival’s main prize comes with a grant of € 10,000 donated by the City of Tallinn.
In the weeks following its premiere in Rome last October, Lucifer headed for various other festivals including the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, the International Film Festival in Valladolid and the Film Fest Ghent back home.
Fien Troch’s upcoming film project Home has been awarded the Arte International Prize at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event, part of the Turin Film Festival. The prize, given by Arte France Cinéma, goes to the most promising project among the 12 participants in the Script&Pitch workshop.
Following Someone Else’s Happiness, Unspoken and Kid, Fien Troch is currently working on Home, a new feature film about generational conflict, revealing the thin line between trust, friendship and loyalty. Troch scripted Home with Nico Leunen.
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.
Waste Land by Pieter Van Hees and Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet have been selected for the sixth edition of the European Film Festival of Les Arcs (December 13-20). Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, in which local actor Sam Louwyck plays the male lead, adds further flavour from Flanders to the programme.
Douglas Boswell’s feature film debut Labyrinthus has won the Youth Award for Best International Film at the São Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil (16-29 October), with Brazilian media giant Globo picking up the rights for the film.
The International Film Festival of São Paulo screened Labyrinthus as part of its Youth Festival, a five-day event showcasing films for a younger audience. Boswell’s debut took the Festival’s top prize as Best International Film.
Simone van Dusseldorp's Dutch-Belgian co-production Life According to Nino has won Best International Children’s Film at this year’s Cinekid in Amsterdam. Starring Koen De Graeve, Rifka Lodeizen and introducing Rohan Timmermans, the film received support from both Screen Flanders and the VAF/Film Fund. Flemish co-producer is Brussels-based production company Savage Film (Labyrinthus, Bullhead).
Life According to Nino follows the everyday life of eight-year-old Nino. After his mother's death, Nino skips school, stops washing and eats crisps for breakfast. At first it seems great fun, but the boy comes to miss his dad’s and brother's attention and affection. When he discovers he can talk to animals, his pet rabbit Bobby proves invaluable.
Flemish filmmaker Bas Devos has received the Daniel Langlois Innovation Award for his feature film debut Violet at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal (8-19 October). The Quebec Association of Film Critics also gave the film its prize for Best Feature in the International Competition.
The Daniel Langlois Innovation Award of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is given to a film in official competition that stands out for its daring aesthetics, creative use of new technologies or groundbreaking treatment of sensitive subject matter. In Violet, Devos portrays the grief and isolation of a teenager who has witnessed the brutal murder of his best friend.