Allez, Eddy! Best Children’s Film at Juniorfest

Gert Embrechts’ feature film Allez, Eddy! received the Prize for Best Film for Young Children at the awards ceremony of the Juniorfest – International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Allez, Eddy!Since its release one and a half years ago, Allez, Eddy! is still going strong on the international festival circuit. Earlier this month the film was named Best International Children’s Film in Brazil, in October it was nominated for the Cinekid Jury Award in the Netherlands and last summer the film scooped an Audience Award in Long Island as well as an Honourable Mention in Italy.

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Published on Friday 22 November 2013

Allez, Eddy! named Best International Youth Film in Brazil

Gert Embrechts’ feature debut Allez, Eddy! received the award for Best International Youth Film at the Mostra Internacional de Cinema which held its 37th edition in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 18-31 October. The award follows recent press reports that HBO has acquired the rights to Allez, Eddy! for its Latin American branch.

Allez, Eddy!Allez, Eddy! screened in the Youth Festival of the Sao Paulo Mostra, a division of the International Festival which aims to stimulate young people to participate in cultural events throughout the city.

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Published on Tuesday 5 November 2013

Freddy races towards Cinekid nomination

Allez, Eddy! by Gert Embrechts is one of three nominees for Cinekid’s Jury Award for Best Dutch Family Film, worth €7,500. Cinekid is one the leading international children’s film events with screenings at more than 30 cities in the Netherlands and an average of 60,000 visits.

Allez, Eddy!Located in Amsterdam, Cinekid is one of the largest media festivals for children, giving them the opportunity to visit over 500 media productions selected by the festival.

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Published on Thursday 24 October 2013

Audience Choice Award and Honourable Mention for Allez, Eddy!

Gert Embrechts’ feature film debut Allez, Eddy! has won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the 18th Stony Brook Film Festival in Long Island, New York (18-27 July). At the same time the film grabbed an Honourable Mention, given out by the Italian press, at the Family Festival in Fiuggi, Italy (21-28 July). Furthermore, American television network HBO announced having purchased the South American broadcasting rights to the film.

Allez, Eddy!Allez, Eddy! is a heart-warming comedy set in an idyllic little village during the seventies. Jelte Blommaert portrays the 11-year-old Freddy, a cycling talent and major Eddy Merckx fan. Other roles are played by Peter Van den Begin, Barbara Sarafian and Els Dottermans.

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Published on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Allez, Eddy! wins two Coming-of-Age Movie Awards

Gert Embrecht’s feature film debut Allez, Eddy! has won two Skykid.com Coming-of-Age Movie Awards. Jelte Blommaert, the male lead, won the Award for Best Newcomer, while Allez, Eddy! took home the Award for Best International Film.

Allez, Eddy! by Gert EmbrechtsImpressed by Blommaert’s impersonation of young Freddy in the film, the jury of the Coming-of-Age Movie Awards described the young actor’s performance as ‘a marvellous debut by a gifted performer’.

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Published on Sunday 3 March 2013

Flanders in full force at Berlinale

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Janet van den Brand’s short Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis have been selected for the Berlin international Film Festival (7-17 February). Both films will premiere internationally in the fest’s Panorama Specials strand and Generation Kplus shorts competition respectively. Two co-productions were also confirmed: Flemish director Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, which will open the Generation programme, and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love. Recent features such as Peter Monsaert's Offline and Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy! make their market debuts at the Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM). Other EFM entries are The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, as well as co-productionsTenderness by Marion Hänsel, Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alo and Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne.

BerlinaleThe Broken Circle Breakdown is represented internationally by The Match Factory. The film is already a box office hit in its home territory with over 320,000 admissions (and still going strong).The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (TurquazeThe Misfortunates) and stars Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh. In honour of the Panorama Specials selection, Flanders Image is also publishing a special 'Talent Matters' section entirely dedicated to van Groeningen's work.

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Published on Thursday 31 January 2013

Allez, Eddy! And Time of My Life audience favourites in Palm Springs

Gert Embrecht’s feature debut Allez, Eddy! and Nic Balthazar’s Time Of My Life were two of the audience favourites at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3 – 14 January 2013). They were part of the Best of the Fest programming which closed the festival on Monday. In the end, The Sapphires (Australia) directed by Wayne Blair won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.

Still of Allez, Eddy!Meanwhile actress Emilie Dequenne received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film for her work in Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Prime Time. The jury awarded her ‘for depicting through gestures, expressions and silences the claustrophobia of an oppressive domestic situation, and for conveying with wrenching intensity the descent into madness.’

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Published on Tuesday 15 January 2013

Flemish foursome selected for Palm Springs

This January four Flemish films will have their American premieres at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3-14 January 2013). The four are Gert Embrecht’s Allez, Eddy!, Fien Troch’s Kid, Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life and Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season. Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Flanders, is also screening at Palm Springs.

Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy!With 130,000 visitors Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the biggest in North America. The fest has developed quite an appetite for Flemish cinema. Ever since Memory of a Killer, Palm Springs has invited one or two Flemish films each year.

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Published on Friday 28 December 2012

Best Film and Best Actor for Allez, Eddy!

Gert Embrechts’ feature debut, Allez, Eddy!, grabbed two awards at the 17th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Schlingel, Germany (15-21 October). In addition to the Award for Best Film, 12-year-old leading actor Jelte Blommaert was also voted Best Child Actor. Joram Lürsen’s Alfie, The Little Werewolf was also honoured at the fest with the European Children’s Film Award and a Special Mention.

Still from Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy!The professional Jury for Feature Film awarded the Chemnitz Top Award for the best children’s film to Allez, Eddy! , with the jury members praising the film for its ‘realism, sensitivity and hope’. Joram Lürsen’s Alfie, The Little Werewolf received a Special Mention from the professional jury. Both director Embrechts and actor Blommaert were present at the award ceremony.

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Published on Monday 22 October 2012

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