Peter Monsaert’s Le Ciel Flamand and Souvenir, directed by Bavo Defurne, have both been invited to the BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October). The programme also includes a documentary and several shorts from Flanders as well as various co-productions.

Le Ciel FlamandLe Ciel Flamand premiered in Toronto on 11 September, followed by a European premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. In London, Peter Monsaert’s drama about three generations of women is set to appear in the ‘Thrill’ programme of the Festival’s official selection. The film subsequently returns home for a screening at Film Fest Gent, followed by a theatrical release on 16 November.

The film has also been sold to France where Urban Distribution plans to release it in early 2017. UDI handles international sales; the producer is Lunanime.

Bavo Defurne’s Souvenir, a romantic dramedy starring Isabelle Huppert also screening at the LFF, debuted at the Film Festival of Angoulême in France, prior to a French theatrical release scheduled for December. The film also screened in Toronto as part of the Special Presentations section. Bonjour Pictures produced Souvenir.

Additionally, London’s shorts line-up reveals An Experiment in Leisure by Manon de Boer and Frederike Migom’s Nkosi Coiffure, the latter having also been invited to London’s Raindance Festival. And Exprmntl, Brecht Debackere’s documentary about Belgium’s legendary experimental film festival of the same name, is to receive its international premiere in London.

Finally, the LFF line-up includes a number of co-productions with Flanders including Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone; After Love directed by Joachim Lafosse; The Unknown Girl, the latest from the Dardenne brothers: Mijke de Jong’s Layla M.; Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s Phantom Boy; and A Quiet Passion directed by Terence Davies.

All films mentioned above with the exception of A Quiet Passion received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Additionally, the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, invested in Le Ciel Flamand, Layla M., Phantom Boy and A Quiet Passion.

Published on Thursday 1 September 2016

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