The Hamburg International Filmfest (27 September-6 October), the Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival (27 September-11 October) and the Busan Int’l Film Festival (BIFF, 4-13 October) have all confirmed Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’sThe Fifth Season for their line-up. The film is currently enjoying the red carpet in Toronto for its North American premiere after grabbing two awards at the Venice Film Festival just last week.
The Fifth Season is not the only Flemish film selected for Busan. Marc-Henri Wajnberg’sKinshasa Kids, Enzo d’Alo’s Pinocchio and Comrade Kim Goes Flying by Anja Daelemans et al also grace the fest’s line-up. All three films are doing very well internationally: Venice selected both Kinshasa Kids and Pinocchio, while Toronto picked Kinshasa Kids andComrade Kim Goes Flying.
Barely a week after its international debut in Venice, The Fifth Season can already count a total of five festival selections and two awards. In Venice the film received both the Arca CinemaGiovani Award: "Best movie in Venice 69" and the Green Drop Award. In Busan, The Fifth Season is screening in the World Cinema Section which presents important new films from around the world. In Hamburg, the film is confirmed for the Three Colours of Green section, while Rio de Janeiro scheduled the film as one of its ‘Midnight Movies’.
The Fifth Season is a haunting tale of mysterious calamity as spring refuses to come as the cycle of nature is derailed. Alice, Thomas and Octave, three kids in a village deep in the Ardennes forest, struggle to make sense of a world that is collapsing around them. Flemish co-producer for The Fifth Season is Bo Films. International sales are handled by Berlin based Films Boutique.
Apart from Comrade Kim Goes Flying, all films in this article were made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).