The Fifth Season, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s third feature, won three Awards at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (15 – 22 December 2012). The film received the Award for Best Actress (Aurélia Poirier), the Prize for the Best Photography (Hans Bruch Jr.) and the Cineuropa Prize. The fourth edition of the festival was all about Belgian cinema with screenings of amongst others Moscow, Belgium, Ben X, Blue Bird, Ex Drummer, Lost Persons Area, Pulsar and Memory of a Killer.
The Fifth Season premiered internationally at the Venice International Film Festival last year. Afterwards, the film went to festivals such as Toronto, Busan and Valladolid. This January, The Fifth Season is set for its national première via distributor Imagine and its US première at Palm Springs.
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.
This new feature by filmmakers’ duo Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth 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.
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. International sales are handled by Berlin based Films Boutique.