This week, the Open Doek Festival (20 – 29 April) kicked off in Turnhout, while Leuven is getting ready for the 8th edition of the International Documentary Festival DOCVILLE (27 April – 5 May). Both programs house a large selection of Flemish titles, ranging from Daniel Lambo’s Dry Branches of Iran to Berlinale attendees Anton Corbijn Inside Out and Asparragos.

Christoph Bohn's The Boy is GoneFor the eighth consecutive year, DOCVILLE highlights the best documentaries and awards prizes in various sections. This year, Flanders is well represented in its national competition with more than ten short and feature-length film titles.

Sien Versteye’s Junior, Luc Vrydaghs’ F. Deneyer and Christophe Bohn’s The Boy is Gone are to receive their world première at the documentary fest. The last two will be preceded by resp. Mathias Verleyen’s Underneath the Skin and Jeremy De Ryckere’s VAF Wildcard-awarded short film The Heir.

Produced by Lionheart Productions, Junior tells the story of young Belgian boxing champion Jean-Pierre Junior Bauwens. The lad boxes not only for pride and glory but above all to make money for his poor family. In The Boy is Gone the main plot line revolves around family ties as well. Produced by Eric Goossens and Frederik Nikolai for Off World, director Christoph Bohn digs into his own personal memories and takes a fascinating journey back in time trough animated scenes, archive footage and testimonies. Finally, with F. Deneyer - a Panache production - Luc Vrydaghs sketches the portrait of a dedicated undertaker who has been making a living out of death for over 40 years.

The comprehensive programme further includes Sven Augustijnen’s Spectres, Lieven Corthout’s Little Heaven, Isabelle Tollenaere’s Viva Paradis and Laura Zuallaert’s short film Asparragos that was selected for Berlin’s Culinary Cinema section. Bram Van Paesschen’s Empire of Dust and Manu Riche & Patrick Marnham’s Snake Dance, both screening at the prestigious Visions du Réel fest in Nyon, are making their appearance in DOCVILLE’s national competition too.

Anton Corbijn Inside Out was chosen as one of the fest’s favourites, a string of must-see highlights from the international documentary film festival circuit, most of which have never been showcased in Belgium. Klaartje Quirijns’ portrayal of Anton Corbijn also screened at this year’s Berlinale, in the Berlin Special section.

Earlier this week, the Open Doek Festival already started with in its ranks a strong Flemish delegation. Starring Issaka Sawadogo, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader is screening in the Discoveries section of the fest, as is Dry Branches of Iran by Daniël Lambo (Miss Homeless). Empire of Dust and Little Heaven were selected for the Docz section.

Published on Wednesday 25 April 2012

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