Nicolas Provost’s feature debut The Invader and Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird have been nominated for The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award at Sweden’s Göteborg International Film Festival (27 January-6 February). The festival also selected Lotte Stoops’ Grande Hotel and Tom Fassaert’s An Angel in Doel in the Dokumentärt and Visionärer sections respectively.
A total of eight films from around the world were nominated for the prestigious award. With two Flemish filmmakers nominated out of eight, Belgian cinema from Flanders clearly demonstrated its vibrancy and talent. The Ingmar Berman International Debut Award is awarded to “a debutant who in his film treats an existential theme with a dynamic or experimental approach to the cinematic means of expression.”
Blue Bird had its premiere in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight last year, while The Invader premiered in Venice. Both films toured the festival circuit and even met up again at the Ghent International Film Festival last year where they were both awarded. Stoops’ Grande Hotel, produced by Ellen De Waele for Serendipity Films, grabbed the Michel Mitrani Prize at FIPA last January.
Gust Van den Berghe also received good news for his previous feature Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, which was released in The Netherlands late last year to rave reviews. NRC gave the film four stars and described it as “an impressive film. With bold photography, movingly played and most of the time very absurd and funny. Priceless.”
The Göteborg International Film Festival is the leading film festival in Scandinavia and – with an audience of 200,000 visitors a year – one of the largest festivals in the world. Blue Bird is a production of Tomas Leyers for Minds Meet. The Invader was produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time.