At the fifth edition of the Cape Winelands Film Festival in Cape Town, South Africa (14-24 March), Flemish director Bavo Defurne was awarded the Best First Feature Director Award for his feature debut North Sea, Texas. The film will be domestically released on DVD on 10 April.
North Sea, Texas, an adaptation of André Sollie’s book "Nooit gaat dit over", tells the story of Pim, who grows up in a Belgian seaside village in the 1960s. As an adolescent, Pim dreams of Gino, the rugged boy next door. But Gino isn’t that much of a dreamer himself. Or is he?
North Sea, Texas keeps on scoring overseas. On 1 April, the film officially closes the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and about a week later the movie will be released theatrically in the UK. Meanwhile, the film is already screening in movie theatres in The Netherlands. North Sea, Texas has so far been sold to ten territories, including the US, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and Poland.
At the end of last year, North Sea, Texas shone at the Rome International Film Festival, where it managed to scoop the Marc'Aurelio Alice nella Città 13+ Award, the most important decoration in the festival’s Alice in the City competition. In January, Bavo Defurne’s debut screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival to wide applause. And at last year’s Montreal World Film Festival, North Sea, Texas became the first ever Flemish film to land the Silver Zenith Award for best feature debut.
A comparative newcomer on the festival circuit, the Cape Winelands Film Festival is already becoming a widely respected film event and is gaining applause due to its smart programming. At this fifth edition, about 180 films were screened.
North Sea, Texas was produced by Yves Verbraeken for Indeed Films and was made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). The film will be domestically released on DVD by Homescreen on 10 April.