Pieter Dirkx’s graduation short Bento Monogatari (Lunchbox Story) has been selected for the Cinéfondation Programme at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May).

Bento MonogatoriBento Monogatari follows Yvonne, who is trying to put some new life into her ailing marriage by delving into the world of Japanese pop-culture. Every morning, she prepares a cute Japanese lunchbox (the 'bento' of the title) for her husband, Frank, who works in a waste collection centre. But Frank is far more interested in his beautiful young male colleague and secretly throws his lunchbox away before anyone sees it.

Sharing the major roles are Bea Duchateau, Dirk Lavrysen, Bram Van Outryve and Sae Nozawa. Benjamin Lauwers signed for the photography, while Pieter Dirkx also wrote the film’s script and composed the score.

In addition to making films, 27-year-old Dirkx is also active as a painter, photographer and musician. Prior to his film studies at the Sint-Lukas film academy, he took classes at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. In 2009 he directed his short Geometry of Beetles.

Bento Monogatari has already won the Canvas and SACD Awards at last year’s Het Grote Ongeduld Film Fest in Brussels.

Created in 1998, the Cinéfondation is part of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection. Its mission is to discover and offer a platform to young, emerging filmmaking talent recently graduated from film schools from around the globe. About 20 shorts are selected for competition annually. Jury president this year is Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Green Hornet). Last year, IJsland (Iceland) by Gilles Coulier was selected for the programme.

Published on Thursday 14 April 2011