Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth's fourth feature King of the Belgians, is nominated for the LUX Film Prize Competition, a yearly initiative organised by the European Parliament. All 10 films in the Official Selection have been carefully selected to provide a comprehensive panorama of the best current European cinema.

King of the BelgiansA panel of 21 European film professionals will further select three finalists among the 10 nominees, which will be announced on July 25th. During the LUX Film Days, the three remaining features will be screened in over 40 cities in the 28 member states of the European Union. Mid-November, members of Parliament will vote for the winner of the LUX Prize 2017.

King of the Belgians is the sixth Belgian film to be part of the Official Selection of the LUX Prize since its inception in 2007. Lorna’s Silence, by the Dardenne brothers, scooped the LUX Prize in 2008, while Felix van Groeningen won the award in 2013 with The Broken Circle Breakdown. His Oscar-nominated bluegrass drama was also voted the winner of the LUX Audience Award by film lovers all over Europe.

Having premiered in Venice’s Orizzonti competition in 2016, Brosens and Woodworth’s King of the Belgians embarked on a worldwide festival tour. The mockumentary road movie about a king’s odyssey across the Balkans screened at such festivals as Busan, Ghent, Valladolid, Tallinn, Zagreb, Dubai, Les Arcs, Gothenburg and Palm Springs. King of the Belgians won the KNF Award in Rotterdam, was awarded the Global Vision Award at Cinequest and received a special mention in Chicago.

In coming months, the film is set to travel to Taipei, Perth, Pula and Munich, among other festivals. Sales agent Be for Films has already sold the film to over 25 countries, while TV and VOD rights have been acquired by some 15 territories so far.

Published on Sunday 2 July 2017

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