Cadet, the new short film by helmer Kevin Meul, has been invited to the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The film is set to have its international premiere at the Oscar-qualifying festival.

CadetWith Cadet, Meul delivers a pitch-black comedy about Steve, a 13-year-old athlete who is secretly being doped by his father and coach, Patrick. When the deceit comes to light, Steve is faced with the hard choice between his self-esteem and his father’s wishes. Robbie Cleiren (Clan, The Broken Circle Breakdown) and newcomer Aäron Roggeman (Connie & Clyde) take the main roles.

Meul previously filmed The Extraoardinary Life of Rocky, a modern tale about bad luck and a tiny bit of bliss, which scooped awards in Seattle, Chicago and Valladolid, among others. The director is currently developing his feature debut, My First Highway, to be produced by Fobic Films, best known for Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are as well as his upcoming feature Halfway.

South by Southwest (SXSW) is at the forefront of discovery, creativity and innovation in film. Each year the fest attracts over 150,000 film lovers, press, filmmakers and industry leaders. SXSW centres around film, music and interactive media and runs from 7-16 March. Last year, Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels’ stop motion short Oh Willy… was laureled best animation short film at SXSW.

Kevin Meul scripted and directed Cadet. DoP was Ruben Impens (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Moscow, Belgium, Oxygen), while editing was done by Maarten Janssens and Manu Van Hove. Younes Faltakh composed the film’s soundtrack. Cadet was able to count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Thursday 6 February 2014