Bad Hunter, a short film by Belgian-Kurdish director Sahim Omar Kalifa, is one of 10 films shortlisted for the upcoming Oscars in the category of Best Live Action Short. The five nominees will be announced on January 14, and the awards ceremony is scheduled for February 28.
Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chose Bad Hunter out of 144 qualifying shorts. Sahim Omar Kalifa’s film tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz. Every day, he goes to the mountains to hunt, although he catches very little. But one day, something happens that will change his life forever.
Following the recent award wins for Labyrinthus in São Paulo and Chicago, Douglas Boswell’s family adventure has won another two, this time in India. The film was awarded the Golden Elephant - the Grand Prize of the Children’s Jury – at the International Children’s Film Festival in Hyderabad (14-20 November). It also picked up the Second Prize of the Adult Jury.
Douglas Boswell’s debut feature premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, followed by a blossoming international festival career that included stops in Cleveland and Edinburgh and awards in São Paulo, Chemnitz, Giffoni and Chicago.
Paris-based Paname Distribution has picked up the French rights to Black, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s second feature. The modern-day Romeo & Juliet story, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, will be released theatrically in France in mid-March.
After winning the Discovery Award in Toronto, the Audience Award in Ghent and being selected for Tallinn and Gijón, Black was screened at the American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica earlier this month. Paname Distribution (Human, Elle, L’ombre des femmes) has acquired the theatrical rights for France and plans to release Black next March.
Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead, The Drop) will direct the pilot and second episode of Berlin Station, a modern-day espionage thriller starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Hannibal) and Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man, Notting Hill). Produced by Paramount TV and Anonymous Content for EPIX, the series is expected to air next autumn.
Best-selling spy novelist Olen Steinhauer ('All the Old Knives', 'The Tourist') created Berlin Station, whose main character Daniel Miller has just arrived at the CIA foreign station in Berlin and has an undercover mission: to determine the identity of a now-famous whistle-blower masquerading as Thomas Shaw.
Black, The Ardennes and Cafard will be in official competition at the Gijón International Film Festival in Spain (20-28 November). The short film section additionally includes Copain by Jan and Raf Roosens, while Zurich and Phantom Boy, two co-productions with Flanders, have also been selected.
Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah after their debut Image, competes in the festival’s official competition. It is a modern Brussels-based gang story about 15-year-old Mavela who falls in love with Marwan, a boy from a rival youth gang. The Caviar-produced film has won the Discovery Award in Toronto and the Audience Award at the Film Fest Ghent.
Belgian director Tim Mielants is directing the third season of gangster drama Peaky Blinders for BBC 2. The hit series stars Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy and newcomer Paddy Considine. Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet (Borgman) will also make an appearance.
Tim Mielants is directing all six episodes of the series’ third season. An epic gangster drama created by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises), Peaky Blinders is set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham where gang leader Thomas Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight), is determined to move up in the world.
Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Jan and Raf Roosens’s short film Copain will take part in the Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (12-19 December). The programme also includes Couple in a Hole by Tom Geens - a co-production with Flanders - and A Bigger Splash starring Matthias Schoenaerts.
Belgian director Jakob Verbruggen is to direct the final two episodes of the fourth season of House of Cards. Verbruggen, whose credits include BBC series The Fall and London Spy along with episodes of the American remake of The Bridge, follows in the footsteps of David Fincher, Joel Schumacher, James Foley and Jodie Foster, each of whom directed one or more episodes of the hit Netflix series.
Based on a BBC miniseries from 1990, House of Cards is an American political drama starring Kevin Spacey as Francis ‘Frank’ Underwood, an ambitious and ruthless politician who – with the help of his wife Claire – fights his way up into the highest political echelons in Washington DC.
Douglas Boswell’s family adventure Labyrinthus has won two awards at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (23 October – 1 November). The film not only won the Children’s Jury Prize, one of the main awards of the Festival, but was also handed a prize by the Adult Jury.
Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure and Tank by animation pioneer Raoul Servais are among the prize-winners at this year’s Semana Internacional de Cine in Valladolid, Spain (24-31 October). Nkosi Coiffure won the Meeting Point Award for Best International Short while Tank shared the Silver Spike in the main competition with French short film Café froid.
Nkosi Coiffure received its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, followed by a European premiere in Valladolid’s Meeting Point section, where the film was given the Award for Best International Short Film.