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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 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.
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.
In 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.
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.
Directed by Erik Van Looy (Loft, The 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).
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.
The 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.
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.
Resurrection 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?
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.
It 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.
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.
Snowfall 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.
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.
Berlin, 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.
Shooting on Speechless, the adaptation of Tom Lanoye’s well-reviewed novel of the same name, will start this summer. Actress and director Hilde Van Mieghem is to direct; Viviane De Muynck and Stany Crets will play the main roles.
Speechless (working title) is about successful writer Jan Meersman whose life is turned upside down when his mother has a stroke. Having lost the ability to speak, the once vibrant and flamboyant woman turns into a shade of her former self. Meanwhile Jan is struggling with the deadline for his new novel.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s feature film Black will be simultaneously released in Spain, Italy and Portugal at the end of July. The film will be made available via VOD and in cinemas. It is also set for a theatrical release in the UK.
The Spanish rights for Black have been acquired by Karma Films, a Madrid-based distributor whose slate includes international successes such as Rams, Song of the Sea and the documentary Tomorrow. Karma previously distributed Flemish films Come As You Are and Ben X.