Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season has been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 6-16 September). This is the film's second invitation from a major international film festival after its place in the competition in Venice. Toronto also added Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids, Jacques Audiard’sRust and Bone and Comrade Kim goes Flying by Kim Gwan Hun, Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans to its line-up.
The Fifth Season will be competing in the Wavelengths section for ‘films that expand our notions of cinema’ and made by ‘daring, visionary and autonomous voices’. Toronto will also mark the film’s North American premiere. This new feature by filmmaking duo Brosens and Woodworth is the last part of a trilogy. After Khadak, which won the Lion of the Future/Luigi de Laurentiis Award in Venice in 2006 (where it was shown as part of the Venice Days), and the award-winning Altiplano which received its world premiere at the Cannes Critics' Week, The Fifth Season once again focuses on the troubled relationship between man and nature.
Sharing the main roles are Sam Louwyck, Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Gill Vancompernolle and Peter Van den Begin. Hans Bruch Jr is director of photography, while Michel Schöpping is responsible for the film’s original score. The Fifth Season is a co-production between Bo Films and Entre Chien et Loup in Belgium and is internationally represented by Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique.
Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid can celebrate its world premiere in Toronto. This ambitious co-production will screen in the TIFF Kids family section. On 26 September, the film will also open the 32nd Holland Film Festival in Utrecht. Vincent Bal kicked off his career with features such as Man of Steel and Minoes. Together with Colette Bothof he also created and directed animated TV series Kika & Bob.
For the film adaptation of The Zigzag Kid, based on David Grossman’s bestseller, Vincent Bal worked together with John Gilbert. Grossman’s book was translated in over 30 languages and won numerous awards. Flemish co-producer for Nono is Antonino Lombardo of Prime Time (Little Black Spiders, Kid).
Flemish producer Anja Daelemans (Tanghi Argentini, Alias) will also be premiering a film, Comrade Kim Goes Flying. A co-production between Another Dimension of An Idea (BE), Koryo Group (UK) and Korea Film Export & Import Corporation (North Korea), Comrade Kim has been confirmed for the Contemporary World Cinema line-up in Toronto and is probably the very first fiction feature shot in North Korea with an entirely North Korean cast and co-produced with Western partners. In this romantic comedy, Han Jong-sim plays a coal miner’s daughter willing to defy authority to realise her dreams. The film was directed by Kim Gwan Hun, Nicholas Bonner and Anja Daelemans.
In addition to Nono, the Zigzag Kid, two more minority co-productions were confirmed for TIFF 2012. Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids, which has already received an invitation for the Venice Days, will also screen in Toronto. In Kinshasa, Congo, around 30,000 children are accused of witchcraft and kicked out of their homes. Living on the street, José and his friends – who have all been cast out for supposedly being witches – decide to form a music band to ward off bad luck with a crazy impressario called Bebson. Together they will rock Kinshasa! Flemish co-producer is Peter Krüger of Inti Films. Finally, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone with Matthias Schoenaerts and Marion Cotillard will receive a special presentation at the North American fest.
With the exception of Comrade Kim Goes Flying, all selected productions were made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.