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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.
Vincent 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.
Kenneth Mercken’s short film Feel Sad for the Bunny has been selected for the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico, where it is to have its international premiere as part of the Oscar-qualifying Short Film Competition. The festival line-up also includes D: 729., an animated short by Levi Stoops; and Johan Grimonprez’s documentary Shadow World, which was co-produced with Flanders.
Feel Sad For the Bunny follows 12-year-old Remy who lives with his older brother Bruno and their au pair, Mihaela. Despite the age difference, Remy has a secret crush on Mihaela. But things threaten to explode between the brothers when Bruno also takes an interest in her.
New Flemish drama series Tytgat Chocolate is part of the line-up at Série Series, the French TV Series Summit (29 June – 1 July). The seven-parter, which is currently in post-production, will be part of the ‘In the Pipeline’ programme. In addition, Generation B will be in ‘What’s Next?’, a selection of programmes designed to reveal the series of tomorrow. Both series are produced by deMENSEN.
A road trip-cum-love story, Tytgat Chocolate follows Jasper and his mentally challenged co-workers at a chocolate manufacturing company as they embark on a road trip to find Tina, Jasper’s sweetheart, who has been deported back to her native Kosovo.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Animation projects from Flanders will take centre stage during the first edition of the Flanders Animation Focus at this year’s International Animation Film Festival in Annecy. On 17 June, 11 Flemish producers will pitch their upcoming animation features and series to potential co-producers and buyers. The initiative reflects the ambition of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) to stimulate the production and international promotion of animation from Flanders.
The Flanders region boasts a wide variety of high-end animation studios and creative talent, resulting over the past few years in various nominations and prizes abroad. During the Flanders Animation Focus, 11 projects, both animation features and series, will be presented to potential co-producers, co-financers, buyers and distributors.
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?