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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?
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.
Pieter-Jan De Pue’s debut feature The Land of the Enlightened has been selected for the Grand Jury Competition at the Sheffield Doc/Fest (10-15 June). De Pue’s mix of fiction and documentary about children in Afghanistan is set to receive its British premiere at the festival, whose programme also contains several co-productions with Flanders including the documentary features A Family Affair and Strike a Pose, and the short films Figure and Pulse.
The Land of the Enlightened is one of 12 films selected for the Grand Jury Competition, a selection of the best documentaries chosen from the line-up. The film will be competing for the Grand Jury Award worth £2,000.
The short documentary film Flower of a Thousand Colours by Karen Vázquez Guadarrama has been selected for the Future Frames programme (4-5 July) at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary. The annual initiative, in collaboration with European Film Promotion (EFP), shines the spotlight on 10 upcoming film talents. Flower of a Thousand Colours is the second Flemish short in a row to be selected for Future Frames.
Karen Vázquez Guadarrama graduated from the School of Arts in Ghent with her short film Flower of a Thousand Colours which tells the story of Emiliana, a single mother trying to survive in a remote Bolivian mining camp 4,897 metres above sea level.
Last weekend, Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure took home the award for Best Short at the Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of the US capital. Washington is the latest stopover on the film’s successful festival career
“This film captures the moment when diversity and the universality of being human intersect, and does so with originality and insight,” said the jury citation. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to support this young filmmaker and we look forward to seeing what's next for her.”