Life According to Nino voted best youth film in Malmö

Simone van Dusseldorp's Dutch/Belgian co-production Life According to Nino has won the prize for best youth film at the International Children and Young People's Film Festival (9-14 March) in Malmö, Sweden. Earlier this year the film picked up the prize for best children’s film at the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam.

LifeAccordingToNinoWhen his mother dies, eight-year-old Nino no longer goes to school, stops bathing and eats crisps for breakfast. Nino isn’t the only one acting strangely in the family: his brother Lucas starts to raise hell in the city and even his father Bruno is no longer his usual self. At first this seems great fun, but Nino soon starts missing the affection of his father and brother. When Nino discovers he can talk to animals, he sets things to right with his rabbit Bobby.

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Published on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Lucifer lands Tribeca selection

Gust Van den Berghe’s third feature Lucifer has been selected for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York (17-28 April). The film will be presented in the Viewpoints programme, showcasing 12 filmmakers experimenting with identity.

LuciferLucifer received its world premiere at the Rome International Film Festival last October. The film is the final instalment in Van den Berghe’s triptych.

In the film Lucifer, on his fall from heaven to hell, unexpectedly lands in a Mexican village where old Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live, and senses an opportunity to make some mischief.

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Published on Friday 6 March 2015

Flanders well represented in Cleveland line-up

Halfway, Waste Land, Labyrinthus and Violet have all been selected for the Cleveland International Film Festival (18-29 March). Also in the line-up are short film Wien for Life, together with Alleluia, Ne me quitte pas and Above Us All, three co-productions with Flanders.

HalfwayHalfway, the sixth feature of Come As You Are director Geoffrey Enthoven and scripted by Pierre De Clercq, will be presented in Cleveland’s After Hours programme. In Halfway, Stephen moves into the luxury home he managed to buy at a rock-bottom price. But his peace is soon disturbed by Theo, who claims to be the rightful owner. But Theo, it turns out, died two years ago.

Waste Land and Alleluia are part of the same section. Previously presented in Toronto, Les Arcs and Austin, Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land is about taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste, whose very last homicide case slowly drags him deeper into the grim underbelly of Brussels. Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier produced the film for Epidemic (Borgman, Rivers Return).

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Published on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Belgian Rhapsody nabs foreign sales

Belgian Rhapsody, the new feature film by Vincent Bal, has been sold to France, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. The film screened at the European Film Market (EFM) during the Berlin Film Festival. Negotiations with distributors for other countries are ongoing.

Belgian RhapsodyBelgian Rhapsody had its market premiere in Berlin. Distributor Paradis Films (Tinker Tailor Soldier SpySoeur Sourire) acquired the rights to release the film in France, while Fine Films (Under the SkinDallas Buyers Club) acquired Japanese distribution rights. Seed will distribute the film in South Korea and Mor Film will handle its Turkish release.

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Published on Thursday 19 February 2015

Filip Peeters assembles Flemish all-star cast for directorial debut

Flemish actor Filip Peeters starts shooting his directorial debut Wat mannen willen (What Men Want) on February 16, bringing together a team of established Flemish actors including Tom Audenaert (Come As You Are), Gene Bervoets (Borgman) and Evelien Bosmans (Marina).

Filip PeetersWat mannen willen is about six men who have one thing in common: they’re all looking for the perfect love - a quest that is far from easy these days, since men (and women too) don’t seem to know what women want any more.

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Published on Thursday 12 February 2015

Jonas Govaerts’s Cub sold to the US

Cub, Jonas Govaerts’s feature film debut, has been sold to the US. Sales agent Kinology has announced that Artsploitation Film will be releasing the film next summer, with video-on-demand and DVD release scheduled for the autumn.

CubCub is about 12-year-old Sam, who heads off to camp with his fellow cub scouts. He soon stumbles upon a masked, feral-looking child, who turns out to be the assistant to the Poacher, an evil psychopath who is intent on slaughtering the scouts one by one.

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Published on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Cinequest presents five from Flanders

Geoffrey Enthoven’s HalfwayPlan Bart, directed by Roel Mondelaers and Marry Me, the new feature by Kadir Balci, are all to have their North American premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley (24 February – 9 March). Piss & Vinegar and Wien for Life, two Flemish shorts, also receive their international premieres at the festival. In the Heart, a co-production with Flanders starring Koen De Graeve, completes the Flemish line-up.

HalfwayMarry Me, Kadir Balci’s second feature after Turquaze, tells the story of Sibel and Jurgen who get engaged following a brief affair. The couple looks forward to what ought to be the most beautiful day of their lives, but reckon without the pressure, expectations and doubts of their families.

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Published on Friday 30 January 2015

Tonic Immobility takes Eurimages Award at CineMart

Nathalie Teirlinck’s Tonic Immobility has won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at CineMart, the international co-production and financing platform at the Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR). With the award comes a cash prize of €20,000. Savage Film (Bullhead, Galloping Mind) is producing the film.

Tonic ImmobilityTonic Immobility, Nathalie Teirlinck’s first feature, is a psychological drama about Alice, an escort who evades meaningful social contact. When she is forced to take care of her son after the death of her ex-husband, she finds herself confronted with the emotional emptiness in her life.

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Published on Thursday 29 January 2015

Sony Pictures Classics acquires Diary of a Teenage Girl at Sundance

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, the first feature film developed and produced by Caviar’s Los Angeles office, is off to a great start. Marielle Heller’s directorial debut, premiering at the Sundance Film Festival (22 January – 1 February), received strong reviews and was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for a US release.

Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Hollywood Reporter described The Diary of a Teenage Girl as ‘the film Sundance prays for every year: one that indelibly puts on the map a talented director the festival can then forever claim as one of its own.’ Sony Pictures Classics signed a distribution deal for North and South America, Asia and Australia. Lumière Group will release the film in the Benelux this summer.

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Published on Monday 26 January 2015

Herbots’s The Treatment sold to the US

Hans Herbots’s psychological thriller The Treatment has been sold to the US, where Artsploitation Films will be releasing the film. Earlier this month, Herbots’s film was well received at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where it had its North American premiere.

The TreatmentThe Treatment screened as part of the World Cinema Now section in Palm Springs, creating such a buzz that an extra venue had to be added for the second scheduled screening of the film. Following its successful festival launch, Artsploitation Films acquired North American rights. A distributor specialising in genre films, Artsploitation plans on releasing the film this year.

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Published on Monday 19 January 2015