Savage Film producer Bart Van Langendonck is in Cannes to present his Brussels-based production outfit’s new three-year slate. In addition to brand new projects from the directors the company started with five years ago (Michaël R. Roskam and Bram Van Paesschen), young filmmakers such as Hans Van Nuffel, Matthias Schoenaerts and Robin Pront are now joining the producer's growing talent pool to develop their own feature-length projects.
Equator is the second feature by Hans Van Nuffel, the 2011 European Film Award Discovery of the Year winner (for Oxygen). This ambitious project is set in Congo and South Africa, where the daughter of a recently deceased Belgian businessman is trying to discover what really happened to her father.
The Faithful (Le fidèle) is the second feature film project from Oscar-nominated director Michaël R Roskam (Bullhead). Described as an amour-noir, the film is set against the background of a crime gang in Brussels in the early 90s.
Franky will be the directorial debut of critically acclaimed Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts who plays opposite Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard's Cannes competition entry Rust & Bone (De rouille et d'os), and who can also be seen in Oscar-nominated Bullhead. The film is a portrait of Schoenaerts' one-legged friend Franky, filmed over the course of two years. It's a powerful feature-length documentary about loss, courage, bad luck, friendship and social injustice.
The Ardennes is a disturbing Belgian road movie written by Jeroen Perceval (who plays the supporting role in Bullhead), to be directed by first-time feature director Robin Pront.
Welcome to Chocolate City is the final part of a feature documentary trilogy directed by Bram Van Paesschen (whose Savage Film produced Empire of Dust, which won the award for best Belgian documentary at last week's Docville fest in Leuven).
Savage Film is also in the process of finalising the financing on Wim Vandekeybus’ first feature Galloping Mind, Douglas Boswell’s youth drama Labyrinthus, and Pieter-Jan De Pue’s feature doc The Land of the Enlightened.
Currently in production is Frank Theys’ Lab-Life, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Technocalyps trilogy.
New co-productions include Fabrice du Welz’s feature film Alleluia (produced by Belgium's La Parti), The Life according to Nino (produced by Family Affairs/Waterland Film of The Netherlands), a youth drama written by Urszula Antoniak and directed by Simone Van Dusseldorp, and the feature documentaries Last Hijack (produced by the Dutch Submarine) by Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting, Thomas Wallner’s Before The Last Curtain Falls (produced by Gebrüder Beetz from Germany) and Ciaran Cassady’s documentary The Disappearance (produced by Fastnet Films, Ireland), among others.