The Natives nominated for a Rockie Award

The Natives, the absurdist fiction series directed by Gilles Coulier, has been nominated for a Rockie Award in the category Comedy Series. Also nominated in the Reality section is Flemish comedy show The Idiots. The prizes are awarded at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada each year as part of one of the most prestigious competitions for television and digital content. The winners will be announced on June 14.

The NativesThe Natives competes in the category Comedy Series against five other international titles, including The Big Bang Theory and HBO’s Sillicon Valley. In the eight-part series, Gilles Coulier depicts the deranged inhabitants of a picturesque small village who are driven by misplaced ambition and vanity.

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Published on Friday 22 April 2016

Shooting on Speechless starts this summer

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.

SpeechlessSpeechless (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.

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Published on Friday 22 April 2016

Black lands distribution deals for Southern Europe and the UK

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.

BlackThe 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.

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Published on Saturday 16 April 2016

Allegory of the Jam Jar wins in Athens, Ohio

The short film Allegory of the Jam Jar, directed by Boris Kuijpers and Ruth Mellaerts, received its international premiere at the Athens International Film + Video Festival (4-10 April) in the American state of Ohio, where it won the prize for Best Narrative Short. The short film has also been invited to a variety of film festivals across Europe and the US.

Allegory Of The Jam JarBoris Kuijpers and Ruth Mellaerts’ Allegory of the Jam Jar was presented in the Short Film Competition of the International Film + Video Festival in Ohio, launching its international festival career on US soil. The short won the Festival’s main prize for Best Narrative Short, its second Oscar-qualifying award to date.

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Published on Monday 11 April 2016

New fiction series The 16 starts shooting

After The Natives and Clinch, Flemish public channel Canvas is working on a new fiction series, The 16, which recently started shooting. Created by Willem Wallyn, it tells the behind-the-scenes story of a man in search of political power. The main roles are played by Michael De Cock and Jan Hammenecker.

The 16 ©Eric De MildtWinning power in ‘Wetstraat 16’, the Prime Minister’s residence and the political heart of Belgium, is the ultimate goal for vice-premier Steven Kennis. But before he can become Prime Minister, he still has a lot of work to do.

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Published on Saturday 9 April 2016

Broken Circle's Veerle Baetens to make directorial debut

Veerle Baetens, voted European actress of the Year in 2013, is to make her directorial debut with the big-screen adaptation of Lize Spit's debut novel 'The Melting' ('Het smelt'). The actress, known for such films as the Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown and Berlinale entry News From Planet Mars, or for TV series The Team and the upcoming Beyond the Walls (Au-delà des murs) and Tabula Rasa, will also write the script. But Baetens insists she has no plans to abandon her acting career in Belgian and international productions.

Veerle BaetensAlthough The Melting is an exciting and important departure for Baetens, it is also a logical development in her career: she plans to adapt the novel herself, having gained scriptwriting experience on the original TV series Tabula rasa, which she co-wrote and which completed shooting earlier this week.

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Published on Friday 8 April 2016

Pandora acquires German rights to Behind the Clouds

Pandora Film Verleih has acquired German rights to Cecilia Verheyden’s feature debut Behind the Clouds from production company Eyeworks. A number of German distributors had shown strong interest in the film, which has sold 115,000 tickets on its home turf.

Behind The Clouds“We are pleased to be distributing Cecilia Verheyden’s wonderful first feature,” says Björn Hoffmann of Pandora. "All of us here fell instantly in love with the film. It’s very precise, highly emotional and has a subtle humour that makes it a real crowd-pleaser for an arthouse audience.

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Published on Thursday 7 April 2016

The Ardennes takes the Flesh Blood Award in Beaune

The feature debut of Robin Pront, The Ardennes, has won the Fresh Blood Prize (Prix Sang Neuf) at the eight edition of the International Thriller Film Festival in Beaune, France (30 March – 3 April). Director Robin Pront was on hand to accept the award in Beaune, which comes just before the French release of the film on April 13 by distributor Diaphana.

The Ardennes“It’s extraordinary that a Flemish director is winning prizes as a new talent with his first film,” says The Ardennes producer Bart Van Langendonck. “Beaune is an important festival for genre films and this prize for The Ardennes endorses the positive reactions in the French press.”

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Published on Tuesday 5 April 2016

Belgian Rhapsody and Nkosi Coiffure on their way to DC

Vincent Bal’s musical comedy Belgian Rhapsody and Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure have both been selected for Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington (14-24 April), with Belgian Rhapsody featured as one of the comedy highlights of the festival. The Brand New Testament and The White Knights, two co-productions with Flanders, are also in the programme.

Belgian RhapsodyFilmfest DC presents Belgian Rhapsody alongside seven other features in a special programme, ‘The Lighter Side’, showing how humour can be a way to a better understanding of a different culture.

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Published on Friday 1 April 2016

Asian premiere for Sum of Histories and The Land of the Enlightened

Sum of Histories, directed by Lukas Bossuyt, and Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened both received their Asian premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which ended on 4 April. The programme also included four co-productions with Flanders: Schneider vs Bax, The White Knights, Les Cowboys and the short film Splintertime. Finally, Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet was also featured in Embrace of the Serpent, in which he plays one of the main roles.

Sum of HistoriesLukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut Sum of Histories received its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong Film Festival after premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival last summer. It is the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena.

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Published on Thursday 31 March 2016

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