Biography

From the Flanders (i) magazine

Call the A Team

Hendrik Verthé and Kobe Van Steenberghe didn’t want to hang around after film school, so they set up their own company, a team productions. Four years on they’ve produced several shorts, including the multi-award winning Land of the Heroes, and they have just wrapped shooting on their first feature production, Image.

Text Ian Mundell | Portrait Bart Dewaele

vertThe pair met at the RITS film school in Brussels and worked together on several projects, including their respective  graduation films. 'At the end Hendrik said: Let's start a company. And I said: That's a great idea,' recalls Van Steenberghe. 'It was a bit naive, maybe, but we didn't want to work all the time on little jobs and then only do something 10 years later. We decided just to do it ourselves, start the company and see how it goes.'

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Published on Monday 3 June 2013

Waiting for the Cartoons

Sahim Omar Kalifa's main problem while at Sint-Lukas Film Academy in Brussels was having too many ideas, particularly when it came to his graduation project. 'I have too much to say, and that's not a good thing when it comes to shorts.’ Text Ian Mundell

Land of the HeroesHe had to choose, however, and decided to film the story of an Iraqi family living illegally in the Flemish city of Leuven, whose younger members get involved in crime and other dark deeds. Called Nan, it won a VAF Wildcard award in 2008.

Kalifa himself is from Iraqi Kurdistan. Born in 1980, he stayed behind to finish his studies when his parents and younger siblings left Iraq in 1996. Although he had taken photographs and made video films as a hobby, film school was not an option, so he was stuck studying economics.

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Published on Tuesday 25 January 2011

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