Both Nicolas Provost's feature debut The Invader and Moon Blaisse's graduation short Sometime Later got awarded at this year's 17th Cinéma Tous Ecrans festival (4-11 November) in Geneva. Nicolas Provost won Reflet d'Or for Best Director, while Moon Blaisse received the Reflet d'Or for Best International Short.
The Invader is the story of an illegal African immigrant whose journey begins in Brussels as he searches, like many other immigrants, for a better life. Through his confrontation with a harsh society, he slowly but irreversibly starts to embody our worst fears and becomes the monster we have created. The film features talent such as Italian actress Stefania Rocca (The Talented Mr Ripley) and Issaka Sawadogo (Hotel Swooni).
The film received its world première in Venice this year, and got also selected for such international fests as Toronto, San Sebastian, Rio and AFI Fest Los Angeles. At the Ghent International Film Fest, the film won the Best Music and Sound Award as well as a Special Mention for Best Actor (Sawadogo). The Invader is a co-production between Versus Production and Prime Time and received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).
Sometime Later is Moon Blaisse graduation film at the RITS film academy, which also earned her a VAF Wildcard last year. The 25-minute short has an exceptionally large cast consisting of 16 professional actors such as Natali Broods, Els Dottermans and Kris Cuppens. In a world with no time to spare, human encouters become awkward, disturbing and sometimes even violent.