Gert Embrecht’s feature debut Allez, Eddy! and Nic Balthazar’s Time Of My Life were two of the audience favourites at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (3 – 14 January 2013). They were part of the Best of the Fest programming which closed the festival on Monday. In the end, The Sapphires (Australia) directed by Wayne Blair won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.
Meanwhile actress Emilie Dequenne received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film for her work in Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children, a co-production with Prime Time. The jury awarded her ‘for depicting through gestures, expressions and silences the claustrophobia of an oppressive domestic situation, and for conveying with wrenching intensity the descent into madness.’
Allez, Eddy! is a heartwarming comedy about 11-year-old cycling fan Freddy, son of a butcher in an idyllic village. Freddy's isolated life is disrupted when the first supermarket opens its doors in the village. The film is produced by Jacqueline de Goeij for Ciné Cri de Coeur. Time of My Life launched internationally with sales agent Films Distribution. The film is based on the true story of Mario Verstraete, an MS patient who advocated the legalisation of euthanasia for years and who would eventually become the first person to make use of that new law in 2002. The film is produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks Film & TV Drama.
All films in this article were made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).