The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing has been nominated for two Golden Globes. The eight-parter, co-produced with and mainly shot in Belgium, is nominated in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor). Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.
When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.
Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land has been selected for Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (13-20 December). Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet and Benoit De Clerck’s short film The Hunger are also part of the official line-up. Flemish projects to be discovered in the professional programme are Kenneth Mercken’s Coureur and Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus. Finally, three new feature films from Flanders - Black, Belgian Rhapsody and again Waste Land - will be pitched to an audience of distributors and cinema owners from France.
Waste Land, Black and Belgian Rhapsody will be presented during the Les Arcs Summit, a yearly programme that reunites independent distributors and industry professionals focusing on the exhibition of European films in France and made up of a number of films scheduled for a 2015 release.
Earlier this week, Flemish director Felix van Groeningen began filming Belgica, a story about two brothers who get swept away by their own success. Last year, van Groeningen’s bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for a Foreign Language Oscar.
Belgica tells the story of Jo and Frank, two brothers who have their differences over the years but, when their paths cross once more, decide to start a bar called Belgica. The place becomes a hotspot in Belgium’s nightlife scene in no time, but both brothers threaten to get swept away by their success.
The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has announced this year’s Wildcard winners: six promising young filmmakers who will each receive a grant of between €25,000 and €60,000 to develop their first professional film. Raphaël Crombez and Miwako Van Weyenberg were winners in the fiction section, with Ruben Desiere and Kwinten Gernay each receiving a documentary Wildcard. The animation grant went to Laura Vandewynckel, with Christina Stuhlberger getting the Wildcard in the filmlab section.
Since it was introduced in 2005, the Fund’s competition has established itself as Belgium’s prime awards programme when it comes to launching new talent. Six grants are handed out: three worth €60,000 go to one animation project and two fiction shorts; the two documentary winners each get €40,000; and the Wildcard in the filmlab section comes with a prize of €25,000.
Gust Van den Berghe’s feature Lucifer has won the Grand Prix at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia (14-30 November). This marks the first international recognition for the film, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival in October. The festival’s main prize comes with a grant of € 10,000 donated by the City of Tallinn.
In the weeks following its premiere in Rome last October, Lucifer headed for various other festivals including the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, the International Film Festival in Valladolid and the Film Fest Ghent back home.
Fien Troch’s upcoming film project Home has been awarded the Arte International Prize at the TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event, part of the Turin Film Festival. The prize, given by Arte France Cinéma, goes to the most promising project among the 12 participants in the Script&Pitch workshop.
Following Someone Else’s Happiness, Unspoken and Kid, Fien Troch is currently working on Home, a new feature film about generational conflict, revealing the thin line between trust, friendship and loyalty. Troch scripted Home with Nico Leunen.
The second series of Belgian comedy sketch show What If? has won the International Emmy Award for Comedy in New York. It’s the second International Emmy for production company Shelter, whose highly successful format Benidorm Bastards picked up the same award in 2011.
The prestigious International Emmy Awards are the international section of America’s prime television prizes. At the awards ceremony in New York, Belgian sketch show What If? was awarded first prize in the comedy section.
Sahim Omar Kalifa’s award-winning Baghdad Messi has been shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars in the category of Best Live-Action Short. In total, 10 shorts are left in the voting process, with the nominees due to be announced on January 15.
Out of 141 qualifying short films, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected 10 live-action shorts, Kalifa’s Baghdad Messi among them. In the next couple of weeks, Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will narrow the list down to between three and five nominees, who will be announced on January 15. The Oscar ceremony will be held on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Violet by Bas Devos and Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August have both been selected for competition at this year’s Torino Film Festival (21-29 November). Emilie Verhamme’s feature film debut Eau Zoo will have its international premiere at the Festival, while In Your Name, co-produced with Flanders, and Michaël R. Roskam’s The Drop are also part of the line-up.
After stops in Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Montreal and Los Angeles, Violet now heads for Turin, where it is to screen in the Torino 32 competition programme. Screening in the TFFDOC documentary competition, meanwhile, is Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August. Emilie Verhamme’s Eau Zoo receives its international premiere at the Torino Film Festival.
Flemish drama series Cordon has been awarded the prize for Best Photography at the first edition of Telas, the São Paulo International TV Festival, in Brazil (7-14 November). DOP of Cordon was Christophe Nuyens, who previously worked on series such as Deadline 14/10, Deadline 25/5 and Code 37. In addition to Cordon, the festival also presented two other Eyeworks productions: Home Grown and De Ridder.
Cordon was shown as part of the Festival’s International Spectrum, presenting a range of fiction and documentary series from 16 countries, also including Eyeworks’s Home Grown, a tragicomic series about a dysfunctional family looking for solutions to their problems in unexpected places.