The documentary film Ceres by Brussels-based Dutch director Janet van den Brand has been selected for the Berlin International Film Festival (15-25 February), where it will be in competition in the Generation Kplus programme. Flanders is already well represented at this year’s Berlinale, with more films selected in different sections; film projects revealed at the co-production market; filmmakers participating in the Berlinale Talents summit; and actor Matteo Simoni featured as one of this year’s Shooting Stars.

CeresCeres is an intimate portrait of four children as they experience the natural cycle of life on a farm. The film explores the world through their eyes and examines their relationship to nature and human society. The documentary was written and directed by van den Brand, and produced by the young production company Diplodokus.

Also in the Generation programme are two Flemish co-productions, Nanouk Leopold’s Cobain and Barbara Bredero’s My Giraffe. Additionally, Anouk De Clercq and Tom Callemin’s experimental short film It will have its international premiere in Berlin, where it has been selected for the Forum Expanded programme.

Three young filmmakers (Juanita Onzaga, Laura Vandewynckel and Pieter-Jan De Pue) and a production designer and art director (Stijn Verhoeven) from Flanders have been invited to participate in Berlinale Talents, the annual summit and networking platform for 250 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series.

Two film projects from Flanders - Koen Mortier’s Haunted and Sepideh Farsi’s animation feature The Siren - will be presented to more than 500 international film professionals at the Berlinale Co-production Market.

And finally, Flemish actor Matteo Simoni will be featured as one of the Shooting Stars, a selection of 10 up-and-coming actors from all over Europe who will be in the spotlight at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Published on Wednesday 17 January 2018

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