Violet takes two in Montreal

Flemish filmmaker Bas Devos has received the Daniel Langlois Innovation Award for his feature film debut Violet at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal (8-19 October). The Quebec Association of Film Critics also gave the film its prize for Best Feature in the International Competition.

The Daniel Langlois Innovation Award of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is given to a film in official competition that stands out for its daring aesthetics, creative use of new technologies or groundbreaking treatment of sensitive subject matter. In Violet, Devos portrays the grief and isolation of a teenager who has witnessed the brutal murder of his best friend.

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Published on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Waiting for August rings up number 10

Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Hot Springs International Documentary Festival in Arkansas, USA. The film also screened in Australia at the Antenna Documentary Festival, where it was similarly honoured as Best International Documentary.

International praise has kept on coming for Mihai since her documentary debut Waiting for August first made its appearance at the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in April. The film won the International Feature Award there, after which it travelled on to win awards in Karlovy Vary, at Kosovo’s Dokufest, and at the international film festivals of Budapest (Hungary), Bergen (Norway), Astra (Romania), Valdivia (Chile) and Reykjavik (Iceland). Waiting for August has also had theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles.

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Published on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Flanders’ Eight to DOK Leipzig

Elephant’s Dream, a documentary feature by Kristof Bilsen, is to have its world premiere at DOK Leipzig, the International Film Festival for Documentary and Animation Film (27 October – 2 November). Joining it in competition is Sofie Benoot with Desert Haze; three of Wendy Morris’s animation shorts have also been selected. Completing the Flemish line-up this year are the animation short films Diamond, Cash Register 9 and Vol au vent.

Kristof Bilsen’s new documentary film Elephant’s Dream has been confirmed for Leipzig’s Young Cinema Competition, a collection of first, second or third documentaries. Bilsen focuses on a group of public sector workers at a railway station, a post office and the only fire station in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Through the microcosm of these three state-owned institutions, Bilsen provides a poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition.

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Published on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Mannheim-Heidelberg Fest honours Geoffrey Enthoven as Master of Cinema

Director Geoffrey Enthoven is to receive the Master of Cinema Award at this year’s Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival (6-16 November). To accompany the Award, the Festival will screen Enthoven’s two most recent features, Halfway and the award-winningCome As You Are (Hasta la vista). Former recipients of the Master of Cinema Award include such renowned filmmakers as Zhang Yimou, Wim Wenders and Atom Egoyan.

Geoffrey EnthovenGeoffrey Enthoven and the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival share a long history. In 2002, the director’s debut feature film, Les enfants de l’amour, was invited to the Festival and received a Special Jury Award. Enthoven returned in 2006 with The Only One, which won the festival’s Grand Prize. And in 2009, Enthoven’sThe Over The Hill Band was invited to open the festival.

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Published on Thursday 9 October 2014

Waiting for August’s September prize haul

Teodora Ana Mihai’s documentary feature Waiting for August has been awarded the prize for Best International Documentary at the Bergen International Film Fest in Norway, while the jury of the Reykjavik Film Festival presented the film with its Environmental Award. The film is currently in theatres in Los Angeles and has a New York release scheduled later this month.

Waiting for AugustBoth prizes follow just a week after Waiting for August picked up yet another award at the Budapest Film Festival, where it screened in the ‘Let Them Be Children’ section. The Bergen International Film Festival in Norway (24 September–1 October) selected the film for its international documentary competition.

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Published on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Marry Me and Lucifer compete in Valladolid

Kadir Balci’s Marry Me and Lucifer, directed by Gust Van den Berghe have been selected for Valladolid’s upcoming International Film Festival (18 - 25 October). Two shorts, Bad Hunter, directed by Sahim Omar Kalifa, and Deben Van Dam’s The Way of All Flesh, are also in competition, while the animation film collection 12 Minutes About Peace will be shown out of competition. The Valladolid Film Festival opens with Two Days, One Night by the brothers Dardenne, a co-production with Flanders.

Marry MeAfter making his debut in 2009 with the hit film Turquaze, Kadir Balci returns with Marry Me, a film about a gym teacher who wants to marry his Turkish colleague following a brief affair. But they reckoned without their families…

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Published on Thursday 2 October 2014

Gust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer makes an impressive start

Lucifer, the new feature film by Cannes regular Gust Van den Berghe, is ready to make its debut on the international festival scene, with six festivals already lining up to screen the film. The world premiere of the director’s third feature will be at the Rome Film Festival, with additional screenings confirmed in Montreal, Valladolid, Ghent, Morelia (Mexico) and Cali (Colombia).

LuciferLucifer is set to have its world premiere at the Rome Film Festival (16-25 October), where it has been selected as part of the competitive section Cinema d’Oggi. Next, the film will screen at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (8-19 October) as part of its Panorama section, followed by a home fixture at Film Fest Ghent, which is hosting Lucifer’s Belgian premiere on October 22.

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Published on Thursday 25 September 2014

Screen Flanders-supported Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart shortlisted for the European Film Awards

Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla’s French-Belgian co-production Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart has been nominated for the European Film Awards in the category ‘Best European Animated Feature’. Brussels-based animation studio Walking The Dog co-produced the film for Flanders and played an important role in the animation, lighting and rendering of the film. The feature was one of the first to receive support from Screen Flanders last year.

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock HeartA committee consisting of EFA Board Members announced the shortlist of animated features, which also includes Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants, directed by Thomas Szabo & Hélène Giraud (France/Belgium) and the Italian The Art of Happiness, directed by Alessandro Rak.

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Published on Wednesday 24 September 2014

The Treatment, Waste Land and Cub selected for Austin Fantastic Fest

Hans Herbots’s The TreatmentWaste Land, directed by Pieter Van Hees, and Jonas Govaerts’s debut feature Cub are invited to Austin for the city’s Fantastic Fest (18-25 September). They are joined by three co-productions with Flanders: Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the animation special A Town Called Panic – The Christmas Log.

CubThe Treatment tells the story of Nick Cafmeyer, an intelligent but troubled police inspector who’s still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a nine-year-old boy goes missing, he takes the lead in the relentless manhunt that follows. Directed by Hans Herbots, the film is based on Mo Hayder’s crime novel.

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Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Busan follows Toronto into the Waste Land

The Busan International Film Festival (October 2-11) has invited Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land. Van Hees will himself present the psychological thriller – which is premiering in Toronto this week – at the South Korean fest. Also part of the Busan bill are Alleluia,Two Days, One Night and Nymphomaniac, which were co-produced with Flanders, as well as Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’sThe Drop and Le meraviglie, starring local actor Sam Louwyck.

Waste LandWaste Land will be part of Busan’s World Cinema programme, which presents a panorama of 53 non-Asian films by global directors, many of them previously introduced at prestige film festivals.

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Published on Thursday 4 September 2014