Flanders well represented in Cleveland line-up

Halfway, Waste Land, Labyrinthus and Violet have all been selected for the Cleveland International Film Festival (18-29 March). Also in the line-up are short film Wien for Life, together with Alleluia, Ne me quitte pas and Above Us All, three co-productions with Flanders.

HalfwayHalfway, the sixth feature of Come As You Are director Geoffrey Enthoven and scripted by Pierre De Clercq, will be presented in Cleveland’s After Hours programme. In Halfway, Stephen moves into the luxury home he managed to buy at a rock-bottom price. But his peace is soon disturbed by Theo, who claims to be the rightful owner. But Theo, it turns out, died two years ago.

Waste Land and Alleluia are part of the same section. Previously presented in Toronto, Les Arcs and Austin, Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land is about taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste, whose very last homicide case slowly drags him deeper into the grim underbelly of Brussels. Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier produced the film for Epidemic (Borgman, Rivers Return).

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Published on Wednesday 4 March 2015

Bas Devos’s Violet selected for New Directors/New Films

Bas Devos’s debut feature film Violet has been invited to New Directors/New Films. The 44th edition of the prestigious event takes place in New York (March 18-25) and is jointly organised by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

VioletThe last time a Flemish project was selected for New Directors/New Films was in 2007, when the festival showed Geoffrey Enthoven’s The Only One. The event has a great history of discovering and launching filmmakers, with directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater and Wong Kar-wai among the guests.

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Published on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Belgian Rhapsody nabs foreign sales

Belgian Rhapsody, the new feature film by Vincent Bal, has been sold to France, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. The film screened at the European Film Market (EFM) during the Berlin Film Festival. Negotiations with distributors for other countries are ongoing.

Belgian RhapsodyBelgian Rhapsody had its market premiere in Berlin. Distributor Paradis Films (Tinker Tailor Soldier SpySoeur Sourire) acquired the rights to release the film in France, while Fine Films (Under the SkinDallas Buyers Club) acquired Japanese distribution rights. Seed will distribute the film in South Korea and Mor Film will handle its Turkish release.

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Published on Thursday 19 February 2015

Filip Peeters assembles Flemish all-star cast for directorial debut

Flemish actor Filip Peeters starts shooting his directorial debut Wat mannen willen (What Men Want) on February 16, bringing together a team of established Flemish actors including Tom Audenaert (Come As You Are), Gene Bervoets (Borgman) and Evelien Bosmans (Marina).

Filip PeetersWat mannen willen is about six men who have one thing in common: they’re all looking for the perfect love - a quest that is far from easy these days, since men (and women too) don’t seem to know what women want any more.

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Published on Thursday 12 February 2015

Jonas Govaerts’s Cub sold to the US

Cub, Jonas Govaerts’s feature film debut, has been sold to the US. Sales agent Kinology has announced that Artsploitation Film will be releasing the film next summer, with video-on-demand and DVD release scheduled for the autumn.

CubCub is about 12-year-old Sam, who heads off to camp with his fellow cub scouts. He soon stumbles upon a masked, feral-looking child, who turns out to be the assistant to the Poacher, an evil psychopath who is intent on slaughtering the scouts one by one.

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Published on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Flanders supports new TV series

The VAF/Media Fund is to invest almost three million Euros in the production of a trio of high-profile TV series: Amigo's, Beau Séjour and The Eleventh of the Eleventh. The Fund recently also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, selected for the TV Drama section of this year's Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Beau SéjourAmigo’s is the story of five former inmates who decide to open a restaurant. In Beau Séjour, a dead girl sets out to solve her own murder, and The Eleventh of the Eleventh is the struggle of a family coming to terms with the discovery of an atrocious truth during the preparations for the annual Carnival.

The Fund also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, a psychological drama about a woman with amnesia who is the key to solving a missing person’s case.

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Published on Monday 9 February 2015

TorinoFilmLab selects three filmmakers from Flanders

Nicolas Provost and screenwriting duo Gilles Coulier and Tom Dupont have been selected for Script&Pitch, an advanced script development course for writers and directors of feature films organised by the TorinoFilmLab.

Nicolas ProvostEvery year, a maximum of 12 projects are selected for the TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch workshop. The Lab’s workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop their screenplay under the supervision of internationally renowned experts. They subsequently get the chance to pitch the project to producers and sales agents during the final TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event.

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Published on Thursday 5 February 2015

Flanders Favours Fien's Fourth and Four First Features

Home, the new film from arthouse auteur Fien Troch, is among  five Flemish features to receive support in the 2.85 million euro winter funding round announced by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Also receiving production funding is Zagros, the feature debut of acclaimed short filmmaker Sahim Omar Kalifa.T

HomeTroch, a fiercely personal filmmaker noted for such titles as Someone Else’s HappinessUnspoken and Kid, breaks with tradition by sharing the writing credit on Home with her husband, acclaimed film editor Nico Leunen, whose cutting credits include Oscar nominee The Broken Circle Breakdown and Ryan Gosling’s 2014 Cannes entry, Lost River. The film, whose screenplay last autumn won the Arte International Award at the TorinoFilmLab, tells the story of a 16-year-old boy trying to find his place in the world against a background of intergenerational conflict. Producer is Antonino Lombardo of Prime Time.

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Published on Wednesday 4 February 2015

Cinequest presents five from Flanders

Geoffrey Enthoven’s HalfwayPlan Bart, directed by Roel Mondelaers and Marry Me, the new feature by Kadir Balci, are all to have their North American premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley (24 February – 9 March). Piss & Vinegar and Wien for Life, two Flemish shorts, also receive their international premieres at the festival. In the Heart, a co-production with Flanders starring Koen De Graeve, completes the Flemish line-up.

HalfwayMarry Me, Kadir Balci’s second feature after Turquaze, tells the story of Sibel and Jurgen who get engaged following a brief affair. The couple looks forward to what ought to be the most beautiful day of their lives, but reckon without the pressure, expectations and doubts of their families.

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Published on Friday 30 January 2015

Tonic Immobility takes Eurimages Award at CineMart

Nathalie Teirlinck’s Tonic Immobility has won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at CineMart, the international co-production and financing platform at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR). With the award comes a cash prize of €20,000. Savage Film (Bullhead, Galloping Mind) is producing the film.

Tonic ImmobilityTonic Immobility, Nathalie Teirlinck’s first feature, is a psychological drama about Alice, an escort who evades meaningful social contact. When she is forced to take care of her son after the death of her ex-husband, she finds herself confronted with the emotional emptiness in her life.

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Published on Thursday 29 January 2015