The Fifth Season, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s third feature, is invited to take part in the Official Competition of the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August-8 September). Berlin-based Films Boutique confirmed that it is representing the film internationally.
The Fifth Season is a haunting tale. A mysterious calamity strikes: spring refuses to come. The cycle of nature is capsized. Alice, Thomas and Octave, three kids in a village deep in the Ardennes forest, struggle to make sense of the world that is collapsing around them.
Sharing the main roles are Sam Louwyck, Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Gill Vancompernolle en Peter Van den Begin. Hans Bruch Jr. is the Director of Photography, while Michel Schöpping is responsible for the film’s original score.
This new feature by filmmakers’ duo Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth is is the last part of a trilogy. After Khadak, which won the Lion of the Future/Luigi de Laurentiis Award in Venice in 2006 (where it was shown as part of the Venice Days), and the award-winning Altiplano that received its world première at the Cannes Critics' Week, this film again focuses on the troubled relationship between man and nature.
In a first reaction Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth said: ‘Winning the Lion of the Future with Khadak in 2006 gave us immense encouragement. That we are invited back six years later to the official competition is a sort of dream come true. It's an affirmation that there is a place for films as The Fifth Season. Most of all it's wonderful for the visibility of the film since reaching the public is our biggest challenge of all. What we said when they called us with the good news? Caramba! Viva Italia!’
The Fifth Season is a co-production between Bo Films en Entre Chien et Loup (Diana Elbaum) in Belgium, Molenwiek Film (Joop van Wijk) in The Netherlands and Unlimited (Philippe Avril) in France. The film is supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CCA, NFF and Eurimages, a.o.
Berlin based Films Boutique announced that it is handling international sales on the film, while Imagine Film confirmed that it is to release The Fifth Season in Belgium on 23 January 2013.