Black on track for Tallinn

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s second feature film Black has been selected for the official competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which takes place from 13-29 November. The contemporary Romeo & Juliet story will have its European première in Estonia. The festival programme also includes Benjamin Deboosere’s Blue Birth, showing with Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird, on which the documentary is based.

BlackBlack premiered in Toronto, taking home the festival’s Discovery Award, followed by sold-out screenings at the Film Fest Ghent where the film won the Audience Award. This November, the directing duo’s film travels to Tallinn where Black is to have its European premiere in the main competition of the Black Nights Film Festival.

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Published on Tuesday 27 October 2015

Kid in competition at Paris Cinéma

Kid, Fien Troch’s third feature, has been selected for official competition at Paris Cinéma (28 June- 9 July). This year the Parisian summer festival puts the spotlight on Belgian cinema with numerous selections and retrospectives of its films and filmmakers.

kidFien Troch’s Kid is running in official competition at Paris Cinéma. The film, produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time, already screened at festivals in Rome, Palm Springs and Aubagne earlier this year.

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Published on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Eye on Flanders in Les Arcs

All eyes are on Flanders at this year’s European Film Festival in Les Arcs (15-22 December), with the fest organising a Focus on Belgium. No less than eight Flemish features, as well as three shorts are part of the focus. Belgian Cinema from Flanders is also well represented at the Arc 1950 coproduction forum with three projects on the bill. Additionally, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season is screening in the International Competition in Les Arcs and therefore in the running for a Crystal Arrow.

The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica WoodworthFor its fourth edition, the European Film Festival in Les Arcs chose to add a Focus on Belgium to its line-up. Chaired by Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer, who after Cannes’ International Critics’ Week is also artistically leading the Tribeca Film Festival, the selection committee in Les Arcs nominated eight Flemish feature films and three shorts.

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Published on Tuesday 18 December 2012

Blue Bird nominated for EFA’s Young Audience Award

Director Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird has been nominated for the European Film Academy’s first Young Audience Award. The other two nominees are Boudewijn Koole’s Dutch feature Kauwboy and Sister from French director Ursula Meier, both Berlinale winners. On 10 June, all three films will be screened to a young audience, acting as a jury, in six European cities.

Gust Van den Berghe's Blue BirdThe Young Audience Award, initiated to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the European Film Academy (EFA), is intended to honour European features that appeal to young audiences.

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Published on Sunday 20 May 2012

Blue Bird and The Invader nominated in Göteborg

Nicolas Provost’s feature debut The Invader and Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird have been nominated for The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival (27 January-6 February). The festival also selected Lotte Stoops’ Grande Hotel and Tom Fassaert’s An Angel in Doel in the Dokumentärt and Visionärer sections respectively.

Still from The Invader, feature of Nicolas ProvostA total of eight films from around the world were nominated for the prestigious award. With two Flemish filmmakers nominated out of eight, Belgian cinema from Flanders clearly demonstrated its vibrancy and talent. The Ingmar Berman International Debut Award is awarded to “a debutant who in his film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression.”

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Published on Thursday 2 February 2012

Blue Bird gets another Special Mention

Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird grabbed yet another Special Mention in the category Best Feature Film, International Selection at the 40th edition of the Festival of New Cinema in Montreal (12-23 October). Only recently, Blue Bird also received a Special Mention for Best Film at the Ghent International Film Festival.

Gust Van den Berghe with Artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher at the Award Ceremony in Ghent Blue Bird is a story about how one day in a child's life can change its world. One morning, Bafiokadié and his sister Téné, two African children, leave their village. The only thing on their mind is to find their lost blue bird before the day is over. But they will find much more along their way: they encounter their deceased grand-parents, they fight the soul of the forest and learn from the Chief of Pleasure. Everyone tells them a story about life and death. At the end of their long journey, the brother and sister enter the Kingdom of the Future and meet some yet-to-be born children. Delighted with this discovery, they eventually return home. For as we lose something we gain something.

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Published on Wednesday 26 October 2011

Invader, Blue Bird awarded in Ghent

Both Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird received special honours at the awards  ceremony of the 38th Ghent International Film Festival (11 – 22 October). The Invader grabbed the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music and Sound Design (Sacha & Evgueni Galperine en Senjan Jansen) while the film's lead actor Issaka Sawadogo received a Special Mention from the International Jury. The same Jury also gave a Special Mention to Gust Van den Berghe's Blue Bird in the category of Best Director.

Director Nicolas Provost (The Invader) at the Award Ceremony in GhentThe Invader recently  premièred at the Venice International Film Festival.  From there the film went on to the Toronto and San Sebastian International Film Festivals. Less than 24 hours prior the Fest's Award Ceremony, Provost received the Jo Röpcke Award for Indigenous Filmmaking Talent.

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Published on Friday 21 October 2011

Blue Bird, The Invader and Lena to Ghent

The 38th edition of the Ghent Film Festival (11-22 October) has added four Belgian films to its programme. Blue Bird (Gust Van den Berghe), The Invader (Nicolas Provost) and L’Hiver Dernier (John Shank) have been selected for the official competition of the festival, while Lena (Christophe Van Rompaey) will have its Belgian premiere at the festival.

Still from 'Blue Bird'Blue Bird, the second feature by Gust Van den Berghe, is based on a story by Belgian Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck. Two African children leave their village with just one thing in mind: finding their lost blue bird before the day is over. But along the way they will find much more: they encounter spirits and ghosts. Van den Berghe’s first feature, Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, was given a huge ovation at the Cannes Film Festival last year and this year Blue Bird was received with even more enthusiasm at the festival.

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Published on Monday 12 September 2011

Record-breaking threesome at Karlovy Vary

This year's 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July) will feature a record-breaking three films from Flanders. Blue Bird by Gust Van den Berghe has been selected for the Another View section, while Michaël R Roskam's Bullhead will be shown as part of the Horizons programme. Hans Van Nuffel's Oxygen was selected by the Variety critics to be part of the Variety's Ten Euro Directors to Watch series.

Premiering at Cannes, Blue Bird is Gust Van den Berghe's second feature. Shot in Togo, and based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Maurice Maeterlinck, it is a story about how one day in a child's life can change its world. One morning, two African children leave their village. The only thing on their mind is to find their lost blue bird before the day is over. But they find much more along their way: they encounter their deceased grandparents, they fight the soul of the forest and learn from the Chief of Pleasure.

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Published on Wednesday 15 June 2011

Coproduction Office adds two Blue Bird screenings

Coproduction Office confirmed two additional Cannes market screenings of Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird which features in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight. The market screenings take place on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May, at Arcades 2 at 16h (4pm).

The boy Bafionkadié with the Blue BirdBased on the 1914 Nobel Prize for Literature-winning novel by Maurice Maeterlinck, Blue Bird is a story about how one day in a child's life can change its world. One morning, Bafiokadié and his sister Téné, two African children, leave their village. The only thing on their mind is to find their lost blue bird before the day is over. But they will find much more along their way: they encounter their deceased grand-parents, they fight the soul of the forest and learn from the Chief of Pleasure. Everyone tells them a story about life and death. At the end of their long journey, the brother and sister enter the Kingdom of the Future and meet some yet-to-be born children.

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Published on Friday 20 May 2011

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