Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman is set to screen in Official Competition at this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival (15-26 May). Flemish actors Jan Bijvoet, Jeroen Perceval, Tom Dewispelaere and Gene Bervoets take on leading roles in this feature, co-produced with Flanders via Koen Mortier and Eurydice Gysel’s Epidemic. Earlier this week, it was already announced that Gilles Coulier’s short film Mont Blanc is also competing in Cannes.

borgmanfinewsOpening with Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, this year’s Official Competition sees 22 features including the Dutch-Belgo-Danish co-production Borgman by Alex van Warmerdam (Abel, Ober, The Last Days of Emma Blank). Central character in this dark, malevolent fable is Camiel Borgman. He arrives as an outsider in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a growing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children and nanny.

Jan Bijvoet  (Van Vlees en Bloed) and Jeroen Perceval (Bullhead, With Friends Like These) portray the film’s central characters. Joining the cast are Tom Dewispelaere (Germaine) and Gene Bervoets (S&M Judge, Dossier K., Salamander). 

The script of Borgman was written by Alex van Warmerdam; Tom Erisman was responsible for the photography. Vincent van Warmerdam composed the music while editing was done by Job Terburg. Distributor Cinéart will be releasing the film in Belgian theatres later this year.

Borgman is a coproduction between the Graniet Film (The Netherlands), Angel Films (Denmark) and Epidemic, Koen Mortier and Eurydice Gysel’s Brussels-based production company, which is currently shooting Pieter Van Hees’ Waste Land. Epidemic also produced Toon Aerts’ short film Perfect Drug that won two awards in Brussels and Amsterdam earlier this week. Via Czar TV, Eurydice Gysel was also involved in producing the prestigious historical series The White Queen that will premier on the BBC. Borgman was made possible with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege and the Belgian Tax Shelter via Mollywood.

Published on Thursday 18 April 2013

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