Toronto Checks Out Douglas Boswell’s labyrinth

Labyrinthus, a family fantasy film directed by Douglas Boswell, has been confirmed for Toronto’s upcoming International Film Festival (4-14 September). Two Days, One Night by the Dardenne brothers, a co-production with Flanders, was also selected. With Flemish titles Waste Land and Cub already announced, talent from Flanders will be omnipresent in Toronto this year.

LabyrinthusWith less than a month to go, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced a new round of films to be discovered at the prestigious Canadian festival this September. Among them is Douglas Boswell’s family fantasy film Labyrinthus, which will be shown as part of the fest’s ‘entertaining and illuminating’ section, TIFF Kids.

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Published on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Montreal World Film Fest takes Flanders’ treatment

The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal.

Bad HunterThe Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother.

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Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

World premieres for Waste Land and Cub in Toronto

Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land and Jonas Govaerts’s debut feature Cub have been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival (4-14 September) where they will receive their world premieres. Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, a co-production with Flanders, also joins the line-up. And, as previously announced, The Drop by Bullhead-director Michaël R. Roskam will also screen in Toronto, as will Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, both of them starring Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts.

Waste LandToronto will screen Waste Land in its Vanguard programme, which showcases ‘provocative, sexy… and possibly dangerous’ films. It is Van Hees’s third feature after Left Bank (2008) and Dirty Mind (2009).

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Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Broken Circle Breakdown wins LUX Audience Award in Karlovy Vary

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown has received the Audience Award of the LUX Prize competition during a special ceremony held at the International Film Festival of Karlovy Vary (4-12 July). In December 2013, the film won the main LUX Competition prize as voted on by members of the European Parliament.

The Broken Circle BreakdownThis marks the first time there has been an audience vote in the LUX competition, with viewers throughout Europe choosing one of three finalists (the other two contenders were Valeria Golino’s Miele and Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant).

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Published on Monday 7 July 2014

AMPAS invitation for Felix van Groeningen

Director Felix van Groeningen is one of 271 film professionals officially invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September, after which they will be able to vote for the Oscars. Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for the Foreign Language Film Oscar earlier this year.

Felix van GroeningenThe Academy invites artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

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Published on Tuesday 1 July 2014

European Film Promotion presents The Treatment to North American buyers

Hans Herbots’s thriller The Treatment is one of six European films which will be screened for US buyers and industry professionals in New York at the end of the month. Newly founded Brussels-based sales agency Be For Films is representing Herbots’s feature internationally.

The TreatmentThe New York industry screenings are aimed at introducing new European films to North American buyers, focusing on pictures with significant festival chances and/or distribution potential. The private screenings take place at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York over a two-day period, with a sales representative of each film in attendance.

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Published on Friday 13 June 2014

Karlovy Vary invitation for Waiting for August and Violet

Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August will compete in the documentary competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (4-12 July), Eastern Europe’s foremost festival. Also invited is Violet by Bas Devos, whose feature debut is set to screen in Another View, the programme dedicated to films with an unusual artistic approach.

Waiting for AugustThe documentary competition in Karlovy Vary consists of 10 feature-length films and six shorts. Waiting for August follows Georgiana Halmac, a 15-year-old Romanian teenager living with her six siblings in a social housing block on the outskirts of Bacau

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Published on Wednesday 4 June 2014

Lukas Bossuyt set to shoot debut feature

Principal photography on Lukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut The Sum of Histories (working title) is scheduled to start on August 4. Set against a university backdrop in the city of Leuven in Belgium, the story combines elements of drama, romance and science fiction.

Koen De Graeve, Matteo SimoniWhat would you do if you discovered a way to change the past? The Sum of Histories tells the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to send e-mails back in time. Now he finally has a chance to fight for the love of his life, Lena. But Viktor soon learns that changing the past is not risk-free.

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Published on Tuesday 3 June 2014

MoMA presents Caroline Strubbe to New York audiences

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is to present the work of director Caroline Strubbe, the first of the new batch of Flemish filmmakers to have her films selected by the prestigious cultural institute. Both her debut feature Lost Persons Area and her follow-up film I’m the same I’m an other will be screened on a daily basis throughout the first week of July.

I'm the same I'm an other‘Caroline Strubbe is a voice I haven’t heard before’, says Dave Kehr of the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art. ‘At times intimate, detailed and realistic, but at the same time enigmatic, evasive and with a lot of respect for the mystery of people and places. I’m very proud and honoured to be able to present these extraordinary films to New York audiences.’

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Published on Monday 2 June 2014

Savage Film and Eyeworks Belgium join forces. Oscar nominated director Michael R. Roskam to become a partner in the company.

Flemish production companies Savage Film (producer of Oscar and César-nominated picture Bullhead) and Eyeworks Belgium (Ben X, The Verdict, Marina) are to join forces, with Eyeworks acquiring a minority stake in Savage Film. The two have been producing features (including Bullhead) and documentary films together since 2010.

Michael R RoskamBullhead director Michael R. Roskam (whose Fox Searchlight pic The Drop will get an international release in September) has also become a minority partner in the company.

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Published on Saturday 17 May 2014