Bas Devos’ feature debut Violet has been selected for the New Talent Grand Pix competition of CPH PIX, Copenhagen’s prime international festival. The picture is presented as one of 10 feature debuts by promising young directors. CPH PIX’s sixth edition runs from 3 till 16 April.
A competitive programme, the New Talent section brings together 10 first-time directors from around the world. An international jury is to award the best project with a cash prize of €15,000, basing its judgment on the vision and personal signature each director present in its work.
Bas Devos’ Violet preemed at the Berlin International Film Festival last month, where it swept away the Generation 14plus Grand Prix. In his feature debut, the helmer depicts the mourning process of a teenager who has witnessed the brutal and violent murder on his best friend.
Young César De Schutter takes the main lead; Raf Walschaerts, Mira Helmer and Koen De Sutter portray the other main roles. Nicolas Karakatsanis, known for his work on Bullhead and The Loft among others, was chosen as DOP, while Dieter Diependaele entered the scene as editor. Deafheaven composed the film’s soundtrack; Herman Asselberghs and Fairuz were in charge of the visual sequences.
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is part of the Copenhagen line-up too. The film about a man inquiring into the strange circumstances of his wife’s disappearance was co-produced in Flanders and features in the fest’s We Made This section. Ageless Animation also sees Ari Folman’s The Congress of which the animation was partly covered by Brussels animation powerhouse Walking The Dog.
Talent from Flanders can also be spotted in the Pix Specials programme where François Ozon’s Young and Beautiful sees Johan Leysen (The Verdict, The Spiral). Actress Maaike Neuville who previously starred in hit series Clan and films as Code 37 and High Heels, Low Tide plays the part of Isadora in Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius & The Pelican Company, selected for CPH PIX’s Maestros section.
Tomas Leyers of Minds Meet (I’m the same I’m an other, Welcome Home) produced Violet. Eurydice Gysel’s Epidemic (Waste Land, 22nd of May) boarded The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears as Flemish co-producer. Both projects could count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.