The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal.

Bad HunterThe Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother. A new kidnapping case brings it all back. Carl Joos scripted The Treatment, based on the novel by Britain’s bestselling crime author Mo Hayder. Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks Belgium (Marina, Time of My Life) produced the film.

Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short Bad Hunter is to receive its international premiere as part of Montreal’s official Short Film Competition. Following his widely acclaimed short Baghdad Messi, Kalifa’s new film tells the story of 19-year-old Bahoz. Every day, Bahoz goes to the mountains to hunt, until something happens that will change his life forever. Kalifa teamed up with Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem to write Bad Hunter, which Van Rijckeghem produced with Dries Phlypo for A Private View (Oxygen, Moscow, Belgium).

Screening in the Focus on World Cinema programme, meanwhile, is the short film Cadet, written and directed by Kevin Meul. It’s a black comedy about 13-year-old athlete Steve who is secretly being doped by his father and coach to enhance his performance on the track. It’s not Meul’s first time in Montreal: his debut short film The Extraordinary Life of Rocky was also selected in 2011.

12 Minutes About Peace, an imaginative project marking the centenary of the First World War, has been selected as well. Initiated by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), the project inspired 16 animators from Flanders, both emerging as well as established talents, to create 12 one-minute shorts on the theme of peace using various animation techniques.

Over the past few years, Belgian Cinema from Flanders has proved to be a valuable asset for the programming team of the Montreal World Film Festival. Last year, four feature films - Marina, The Verdict, 82 Days in April and Brasserie Romantique - found their way into the line-up, while various Flemish titles – including Ben X, Oxygen, Come As You Are, North Sea Texas and The Verdict have managed to take home awards in the past.

The Treatment, Bad Hunter, Cadet and 12 Minutes About Peace received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Treatment received support from Screen Flanders as well.

Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014