Belgian Rhapsody, the new feature film by Vincent Bal, has been sold to France, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. The film screened at the European Film Market (EFM) during the Berlin Film Festival. Negotiations with distributors for other countries are ongoing.
Belgian Rhapsody had its market premiere in Berlin. Distributor Paradis Films (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Soeur Sourire) acquired the rights to release the film in France, while Fine Films (Under the Skin, Dallas Buyers Club) acquired Japanese distribution rights. Seed will distribute the film in South Korea and Mor Film will handle its Turkish release.
Flemish actor Filip Peeters starts shooting his directorial debut Wat mannen willen (What Men Want) on February 16, bringing together a team of established Flemish actors including Tom Audenaert (Come As You Are), Gene Bervoets (Borgman) and Evelien Bosmans (Marina).
Wat mannen willen is about six men who have one thing in common: they’re all looking for the perfect love - a quest that is far from easy these days, since men (and women too) don’t seem to know what women want any more.
Cub, Jonas Govaerts’s feature film debut, has been sold to the US. Sales agent Kinology has announced that Artsploitation Film will be releasing the film next summer, with video-on-demand and DVD release scheduled for the autumn.
Cub is about 12-year-old Sam, who heads off to camp with his fellow cub scouts. He soon stumbles upon a masked, feral-looking child, who turns out to be the assistant to the Poacher, an evil psychopath who is intent on slaughtering the scouts one by one.
The VAF/Media Fund is to invest almost three million Euros in the production of a trio of high-profile TV series: Amigo's, Beau Séjour and The Eleventh of the Eleventh. The Fund recently also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, selected for the TV Drama section of this year's Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Amigo’s is the story of five former inmates who decide to open a restaurant. In Beau Séjour, a dead girl sets out to solve her own murder, and The Eleventh of the Eleventh is the struggle of a family coming to terms with the discovery of an atrocious truth during the preparations for the annual Carnival.
The Fund also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, a psychological drama about a woman with amnesia who is the key to solving a missing person’s case.
Nicolas Provost and screenwriting duo Gilles Coulier and Tom Dupont have been selected for Script&Pitch, an advanced script development course for writers and directors of feature films organised by the TorinoFilmLab.
Every year, a maximum of 12 projects are selected for the TorinoFilmLab Script&Pitch workshop. The Lab’s workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop their screenplay under the supervision of internationally renowned experts. They subsequently get the chance to pitch the project to producers and sales agents during the final TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event.
Home, the new film from arthouse auteur Fien Troch, is among five Flemish features to receive support in the 2.85 million euro winter funding round announced by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Also receiving production funding is Zagros, the feature debut of acclaimed short filmmaker Sahim Omar Kalifa.T
Troch, a fiercely personal filmmaker noted for such titles as Someone Else’s Happiness, Unspoken and Kid, breaks with tradition by sharing the writing credit on Home with her husband, acclaimed film editor Nico Leunen, whose cutting credits include Oscar nominee The Broken Circle Breakdown and Ryan Gosling’s 2014 Cannes entry, Lost River. The film, whose screenplay last autumn won the Arte International Award at the TorinoFilmLab, tells the story of a 16-year-old boy trying to find his place in the world against a background of intergenerational conflict. Producer is Antonino Lombardo of Prime Time.
Geoffrey Enthoven’s Halfway, Plan Bart, directed by Roel Mondelaers and Marry Me, the new feature by Kadir Balci, are all to have their North American premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley (24 February – 9 March). Piss & Vinegar and Wien for Life, two Flemish shorts, also receive their international premieres at the festival. In the Heart, a co-production with Flanders starring Koen De Graeve, completes the Flemish line-up.
Marry Me, Kadir Balci’s second feature after Turquaze, tells the story of Sibel and Jurgen who get engaged following a brief affair. The couple looks forward to what ought to be the most beautiful day of their lives, but reckon without the pressure, expectations and doubts of their families.
Nathalie Teirlinck’s Tonic Immobility has won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at CineMart, the international co-production and financing platform at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR). With the award comes a cash prize of €20,000. Savage Film (Bullhead, Galloping Mind) is producing the film.
Tonic Immobility, Nathalie Teirlinck’s first feature, is a psychological drama about Alice, an escort who evades meaningful social contact. When she is forced to take care of her son after the death of her ex-husband, she finds herself confronted with the emotional emptiness in her life.
Celebrating its 14th edition, Helsinki’s DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (January 27 – February 1) this year boasted a programme packed with films from Flanders. In addition to Waiting for August, 9999 and Desert Haze, the festival also featured Elephant’s Dream, State of Play and Nathan, Free as a Bird. Three docs co-produced with Flanders - See No Evil, Ming of Harlem and Ne me quitte pas - also made an appearance in Helsinki.
After successful outings at Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary and Visions du Réel, Teodora Ana Mihai was in Helsinki to present Waiting for August. Produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, the film follows a 15-year-old Romanian girl as she takes care of her six brothers and sisters while their mother is away earning a living in Italy.
Baghdad Messi, the short film by Kurdish-Flemish director Sahim Omar Kalifa, has won the prize for Best Short Film at the Irvine International Film Festival in the US. This award marks the 50th international acknowledgment for Baghdad Messi since the filmstarted its awards career in 2013.
Baghdad Messi tells the story of10-year-old Hamoudi, who is obsessed with football andworships Lionel Messi, as do all his friends. But on the eve of the long-awaited Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, Hamoudi’s television set breaks down. Afraid of being shunned by his mates, the boy urges his father to make the dangerous trip to Baghdad to have the TV repaired.