Bavo’s Defurne’s feature debut North Sea Texas recently celebrated its release in Thailand by Mongkol Major. The release in Thai cinemas follows earlier international successes in Germany and the UK, where the film attracted positive reviews in the likes of The Guardian and The Times.
Mongkol Major, which took on North Sea Texas for Thailand (Thai poster on the left), also handles major films in its territory such as The Twilight Sage, The Hunger Games andHaywire.
Since its international premiere late last year, the film has won the Silver Zenith in Montreal, the Alice in the City award in Rome and the HBO Prize for Best First Feature Director in Miami, among others. International sales are handled by London-based Wavelength Pictures, which represented Bavo Defurne’s earlier shorts internationally.
Based on the novel Nooit gaat dit over by André Sollie, North Sea Texas features Pim, a boy growing up in a Belgian seaside village in the 1960s. As a teenager Pim is dreaming about the rugged boy next door, his motorcycling hero. But Gino isn’t that much of a dreamer himself. Or is he? Title roles are played by Jelle Florizoone, Mathias Vergels and Eva van der Gucht. North Sea Texas is a production of Yves Verbraeken for Indeed Films and was made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.