Marina seduces Spanish student jury

Marina, Stijn Coninx’ newest feature film after previous hits as Soeur Sourire and Daens, has won the Prize of the Student Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival (19-26 October). It’s the first time the prize is being awarded in the fest’s brand new youth section ‘Seminci Joven’. Also Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April had reason to celebrate in Spain, having received a Special Mention.

MarinaWith its Semicini Joven section, the Valladolid Film Fest wants to give a voice to young film lovers as they are the prime audience in cinemas but are often unaccounted for at festivals.

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Published on Tuesday 29 October 2013

Marina, I’m the same… and 82 Days in April to Valladolid

There's a strong Flemish presence at this year's Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain (19-26 October), where Stijn Coninx’ feature film Marina and Caroline Strubbe’s I’m the same I’m an other screen in the Official Competition and Bart Van den Bempt’s debut feature 82 Days in April is in the fest’s Meeting Point programme. Bülent Öztürk’s short film Houses With Small Windows and Pieter Coudyzer’sThe Wake complete the Flemish line-up.

I'm the same I'm an otherAs part of the Official Competition, both Marina and I’m the same I’m an other are vying for the Golden and Silver Spike with cash awards worth €60,000 and €20,000, respectively, to support a Spanish release of the film.

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Published on Friday 18 October 2013

Lucky number seven for Montreal line-up

With the entire programme of the Montreal World Film Festival (22 August-2 September) now revealed, the total number of selected films from Flanders adds up to four features and three shorts. In addition to Stijn Coninx’ Marina, Jan Verheyen’s The Verdict and Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April, Joël Vanhoebrouck’s debut feature Brasserie Romantique is also set for a Montreal screening, presented in the Focus on World Cinema panorama. The short films Norman by Robbe Vervaeke and Perfect Drug by Toon Aerts, as well as the previously announced short Wolf’s Milk by Hans Vercauter, are also part of the fest’s line-up.

Wolf's MilkNext to Cannes, the Montreal World Film Festival is generally perceived as one of the most important international French-speaking film festivals worldwide. It is also the only competitive film festival in North America recognised by the Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF).

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Published on Tuesday 6 August 2013

82 Days in April to debut in Montreal

Bart Van den Bempt’s feature film debut 82 Days in April has been selected for the First Films World Competition at this year's Montreal World Film Festival (22 August-2 September). The film is to receive its world premiere at the 37th edition of the fest, while competing for the Golden Zenith.

82 Days in April82 Days in April tells the story of Herman and Marie, a married couple in their fifties, who travel to Istanbul to retrieve their recently deceased son’s backpack. Upon finding a logbook containing a detailed account of his trip throughout Turkey in his belongings, Herman decides to retrace his son’s journey and convinces his wife to join him in his attempt to find closure.

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Published on Wednesday 31 July 2013

82 Days in April starts shooting

82 Days in April, director Bart Van den Bempt’s feature film debut, started filming in Istanbul earlier this week. Shooting will take place until end of April while the film is scheduled for a 2013 release.

82 days in april82 Days in April tells the story of Herman and Marie, a couple in their late fifties, who travel to Istanbul in order to pick up their recently deceased son’s backpack. As they go through his belongings, they come across the remnants of a life lost: clothes, a notebook, hotel checks, admission tickets and boarding passes.

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Published on Wednesday 7 March 2012

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