From the Flanders (i) magazine

Living Offline

Like many Flemish directors, Peter Monsaert did not rush into his first feature film. After graduating film school, he worked in theatre and video arts until he was handed a project he couldn’t resist. He re-wrote the script over four years before shooting. ‘I’m convinced that I was only now ready to make a feature film,’ the 37-year-old says. ‘I think I’ve made  a better film now than I would have made 10 years ago.’

Text Lisa Bradshaw     Portrait Bart Dewaele

peter monsaert © bart dewaelePeter Monsaert’s first feature is called Offline, a reference to how difficult real life can be compared to the safety and distance of the internet. The main character Rudy (Wim Willaert) is a man just released from prison who wants to re-connect with his family. ‘Because of what has happened in the past, that is nearly impossible,’ says Monsaert (pictured on the right © Bart Dewaele), ‘but he still believes that he can.’

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Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

Rising star

Still a student, Anemone Valcke has been extremely fortunate with the parts she has landed. Her short list of credits only includes two internationally acclaimed titles: Moscow, Belgium and Oxygen, as well as Bo. In Peter Monsaert’s feature debut Offline, she takes a new step in her blossoming career. She plays the female lead.

Anemone Valcke portraitAnemone Valcke’s list of film credits might be short, but it could hardly be more impressive. As a teenager, she landed her first film role in director Christophe Van Rompaey’s Moscow, Belgium, which went on to screen at Cannes Critics’ Week, winning the SACO for screenwriting, the ACID/CCAS distribution prize and the Grand Rail d’Or in 2008. This was followed by a small part in Hans Herbots’ Bo. Then in 2010, she was cast opposite the lead in Hans Van Nuffel’s Oxygen, which, since its Grand Prix and Jury Award at Montréal, has gone on to win 15 prizes worldwide, including a Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Valcke at the Flemish Film Awards.
That was all it took for Flemish director Peter Monsaert to cast Valcke as the lead in his debut feature Offline. The now 21-year-old is set to become one of Flanders’ leading ladies, in a role that is a far cry from her smart and sassy characters in her previous films.

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Published on Wednesday 8 February 2012

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