Patrice Toye’s new feature Little Black Spiders kicked of its release in theatres with more than 10,000 visitors in one weekend, which puts the film in the box office top 3 in most of Flanders. Little Black Spiders had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival earlier this year.
After its successful Belgian release, the film opened in Dutch theaters on 11 October. The week before, Toye’s third feature had already received a warm welcome in the Netherlands when it closed the Netherlands Film Festival together with Nic Balthazar’s Time of My Life.
Belgium, 1978. Katja, Roxy, and a group of other lively girls are too young for love, but still almost mothers. In a hidden location, pregnant teenage girls await the birth of their babies in secret. During the long wait, the girls share each other’s joys and sorrows. They form close friendships and distract themselves with strange games – until the bubble bursts, and Katja becomes painfully aware of the plans that the nuns are making behind their backs. However, she is not going to let this happen to her baby.
Little Black Spiders is a production of Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time (Someone Else’s Happiness, Kid, Nono, the Zigzag Kid). The film was supported by amongst others the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).
Read our interview with director Patrice Toye here