The Natives takes home three Flemish Television Stars

Last weekend The Natives took home three prizes at the awards ceremony of the Flemish Television Stars. The series from production company De Wereldvrede was voted Best Comedy Series. In addition, scriptwriters Bart Vanneste, Dries Heyneman, Wannes Cappelle and Gilles Coulier were awarded the prize for Best Script in Fiction, while Flemish actress Ann Tuts was presented with the award for Best Actress.

The NativesThe eight-part series depicts the eccentric inhabitants of a picturesque village who are driven by misplaced ambition and vanity. When stand-up comedian Freddy De Vadder comes to town, everything changes.

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Published on Sunday 24 April 2016

The Natives nominated for a Rockie Award

The Natives, the absurdist fiction series directed by Gilles Coulier, has been nominated for a Rockie Award in the category Comedy Series. Also nominated in the Reality section is Flemish comedy show The Idiots. The prizes are awarded at the Banff World Media Festival in Canada each year as part of one of the most prestigious competitions for television and digital content. The winners will be announced on June 14.

The NativesThe Natives competes in the category Comedy Series against five other international titles, including The Big Bang Theory and HBO’s Sillicon Valley. In the eight-part series, Gilles Coulier depicts the deranged inhabitants of a picturesque small village who are driven by misplaced ambition and vanity.

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Published on Friday 22 April 2016

Gilles Coulier starts shooting debut feature Cargo

Shooting on Gilles Coulier’s debut feature, Cargo, has started on the Belgian coast. Following the success of The Natives, which was directed and part-written by Coulier, Cargo is the third project on the slate of his production company De Wereldvrede. Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc screened in Cannes in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

CargoCargo is the story of three brothers who are desperately trying to save the family’s fishing business. But their passion for their loved ones and their determination to stay in business drive them to desperate measures.

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Published on Monday 22 February 2016

The Natives invited for Rotterdam’s Episodic/Epidemic

Comedy drama series The Natives has been selected for Episodic/Epidemic, a new section at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR, 27 January – 7 February) which explores the interface between film and television.

The NativesThe Cronenbergian title of the programme refers to the idea that TV series have become such a cultural and economic force that they spread like a virus. A follow-up to the Changing Channels programme at IFFR, this new section showcases series that feel like cinema, investigating how thin the line between film and television has become.

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Published on Tuesday 12 January 2016

Good start for Ghent Film Fest

Robin Pront's feature debut The Ardennes is the opening attraction at the 42nd Film Fest Ghent (13-24 October). The film, receiving its European première, is just one of the many indigenous titles Belgium's oldest and largest festival has in its programme this year. There are in total five Flemish features, one TV series, a dozen shorts, and two co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesOpening the Fest is The Ardennes starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Kevin Janssens and Jeroen Perceval, with the latter also co-writing the script with director Robin Pront. The film has already attracted attention at this year's Toronto International Film Festival where it had its world premiere and was picked up by distributors in such key territories as France (Diaphana) and Italy (Satine). Producer is Bart van Langendonck for Savage Film, the company behind Oscar-nominated Bullhead. International sales are handled by Montreal-based Attraction Distribution.

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Published on Tuesday 13 October 2015

Strikers to compete at Séries Mania Festival

Strikers, a new drama series from Flanders, has been selected for competition at the Séries Mania television festival in Paris. The festival’s International Showcase - reserved for TV professionals - also includes The Bunker and The Natives. The sixth edition of the Seriés Mania Festival runs from 17-26 April.

StrikersScreening in the festival’s competitive ‘World Series’ programme, Strikers tells the story of two brothers who share the dream of becoming professional football players. When one of them is selected to play for a top club, he encounters the glamorous yet deceitful world of world-class football, while the other brother has no choice but to find another way to make something of his life.

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Published on Monday 23 March 2015

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