Invited for the Breakthrough section, Patrice Toye’s feature film Little Black Spiders is set to screen at this year’s AFI Fest, which takes place in Los Angeles from 7-14 November. Nicolas Provost’s short Tokyo Giants is screening in the short film competition, while Borgman and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, two co-productions with Flanders, are also part of the line-up, as isThe Congress, whose animated scenes were covered by Brussels animation studio Walking The Dog.
With Little Black Spiders, Toye returns to the late seventies, where pregnant teenage girls are kept hidden in the attic of a hospital awaiting the birth of their baby. Some want to put their mistake behind them as soon as possible, but Katja, herself an orphan, longs to have her own little family and will make sure nothing happens to her baby. Newcomers Line Pillet and Charlotte Debruyne take on the lead roles in this story inspired by true events.
The shorts selection at AFI Fest presents wildly diverse points of view from a variety of countries around the world. It features Nicolas Provost’s Tokyo Giants, the final instalment of his Plot Point trilogy. Using footage captured by hidden cameras on the streets of Tokyo, he presents the man in the street as a film protagonist and merges their paths into a powerful climax. Provost has become an AFI Fest regular, with his short Moving Stories screening there last year and The Invader the year before.
The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani plays in the Midnight section, which features comedy and horror worth staying up late for. The film was co-produced for Flanders through Eurydice Gysel’s Brussels-based company Epidemic, which also co-produced Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, which itself screens in the World Cinema section.
Also a World Cinema contender is Ari Folman’s The Congress, animation for which was partly undertaken by Walking The Dog, the animation studio of Eric Goossens and Anton Roebben.
The American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema, AFI FEST is Los Angeles' longest running international film festival. It is also recognised as a qualifying festival for both Short Film categories of the annual Academy Awards and is still the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community.
Patrice Toye and Ina Vandewijer wrote the script for Little Black Spiders. Antonino Lombardo of Prime Time (Kid, The Zigzag Kid) produced the film. Nicolas Provost scripted, directed and produced Tokyo Giants. All films mentioned here, with the exception of The Congress, received funding from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.