Jan Bultheel’s debut feature Cafard is to have its North American premiere at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (7-18 October) in Montreal. An animated feature inspired by true events, the film will screen in the Festival’s Panorama programme. Rights have already been sold to France, where Eurozoom will release Cafard in theatres on 18 November.
Following its world premiere at the Ostend Film Festival, Cafard is set for its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October). The Festival du Nouveau Cinema will now be the film’s North American premiere, with Cafard screening in the Panorama section.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have signed with Management 360, one of America’s leading management companies, to advise them on their international ambitions. The directing duo, whose film Black recently won the Discovery Award in Toronto, have also signed up with talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).
After the world première of Black at the Toronto International Film Festival, directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah received various offers from international representatives. Winning TIFF’s Discovery Award only added to the positive buzz surrounding the duo.
Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is to direct Beautiful Boy, an American feature produced by New Regency and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Van Groeningen is currently finishing post-production on his fifth feature, Belgica, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release.
Based on the book 'Beautiful Boy: A Fathers’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction' by David Sheff and 'Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines' by his son Nic, it is a story of meth addiction and recovery seen through the eyes of a father as he watches his son struggle with the disease.
Lenny Van Wesemael’s feature debut Café Derby has been invited to the Hamptons International Film Festival (8-12 October). The film, inspired by true events, will receive its international premiere at the Festival.
Lenny Van Wesemael’s debut film is a tragic-comic story based on her own father’s life and the official visit of Pope John Paul II to Belgium in 1985.
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s new feature Black won the Dropbox Discovery Award at the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, which came to a close on September 20. El Arbi was on hand to accept the award, which comes with a $5,000 cash prize.
The Dropbox Discovery Award was an innovation this year in celebration of the 40th edition of the Festival. During the previous week, five nominees were selected from the 30 features presented in the Discovery section. El Arbi and Fallah’s Black was selected as winner by a three-person jury of film professionals.
Pieter Van Hees’s crime thriller Waste Land and Peter Krüger’s poetic docu-drama N – The Madness of Reason were the main winners at this year’s Ensors, the awards celebrating Belgian cinema from Flanders, taking home four and three Ensors respectively.
Waste Land won Best Script, Best Supporting Actor (Peter Van den Begin) and Best Supporting Actress (Babetida Sadjo). Waste Land’s success was not a huge surprise, as the film also had the highest number of nominations. But it was the docu-drama N: The Madness of Reason that grabbed the top honour: Best Film.
Raf Reyntjens’s Paradise Trips has been invited into Competition at the International Film Festival in Mannheim-Heidelberg (9-24 October), where the film is to have its international première. The festival line-up also includes three co-productions with Flanders.
In the film, which marks Reyntjens’s directorial debut, Gene Bervoets (Schneider vs Bax, Salamander) plays Mario, a grumpy coach driver. On the verge of his own retirement, he has to bring a motley crew of partygoers to a music festival in Croatia. His journey soon turns into a life-changing trip that confronts him with his own prejudices - and with his long-lost son.
Paris-based Diaphana Distribution has picked up Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes for French distribution following a bidding war after the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Rights to Italy had already been sold to Satine Film prior to the first public screening, and it is likely that more deals will follow soon.
‘This is a stunning debut from an important new filmmaker and, from the reaction this film has already received from audiences at TIFF, it will no doubt make a lasting impression on our audiences in France’, says Diaphana’s Karin Beyens.
Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, which premiered in Toronto’s Discovery programme, is one of five films nominated for TIFF’s Dropbox Discovery Award. The winner of the prize - which comes with a cash prize of $5,000 - will be announced on September 20.
A jury of three film professionals selected five films competing for the Dropbox Discovery Award, Black being the only European film in the running. Kerri Craddock, director of programming at TIFF, praised the film for its ‘upbeat tempo, exhilarating energy and raw realism resembling now-famous classics such as City of God and Goodfellas’.
Autumn 2015 is set to become the busiest season ever for Flemish cinema. 10 Flemish filmmakers will present their first or second feature in the days, weeks and months to come. To celebrate their success, Flanders Image brought the 10 directors together for a photo shoot at Vilvoorde-based camera and lighting rental company Lites.
The photo of the 10 filmmakers - available HERE (PSD) or HERE (JPEG) - is free of rights in HR/300dpi. (credit: Johan Jacobs/Flanders Image)