Copain selected for the Short Film Competition and the animated short film Paradise competing in the Cinéfondation section ensure Flanders’s presence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Various other films in the Festival’s line-up also feature talent from Flanders, while several (co-)productions with Flanders fly the flag in the Marché du Film.

ParadiseInvited for the Festival’s Short Film Competition, Jan and Raf Roosens’s short film Copain is about Fré, a teenager trapped between his conservative, wealthy parents and his working-class friends. Paradise, by Laura Vandewynckel, tells a story about people heading for a better place on different sides of the ocean; the stop-motion film is set to première as part of the Cinéfondation programme.

The Short Film Corner also sees a large number of Flemish shorts this year, including Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Bad Hunter, Raphaël Crombez’s Perdition County, Frederike Migom’s Adam & Everything and Maxime Brulein’s The Painting.

Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament, selected for the Directors’ Fortnight, sees Laura Verlinden (Image, The Treatment) joined by Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Johan Leysen (The American, The Missing) and Viviane De Muynck (Flying Home, The Verdict). Caviar’s Frank Van Passel co-produced the film for Flanders.

Also screening in the Fortnight is Les Cowboys, a film by Thomas Bidegain whose cast includes Sam Louwyck (Le meraviglie/The Wonders, Bullhead), Robbie Cleiren (Marsman, Clan) and actress-singer Amaryllis Uitterlinden (Belgian Rhapsody). The Flemish co-producer is Lunanime.

Three years after he walked the red carpet for Rust & Bone, Matthias Schoenaerts returns to Cannes as the main actor in Alice Winocour’s Maryland, screening in Un Certain Regard. Also present is Jan Bijvoet (Borgman) who is in El abrazo de la serpiente by Colombian director Ciro Guerra, which is likewise selected for the Directors’ Fortnight.

At the Marché du Film, professionals can catch up with some of the latest productions from Flanders with screenings of Belgian Rhapsody (prod. Eyeworks); Johnny Walker (prod. Zoffa); and Image (prod. a team productions/Eyeworks), the first feature film directed by Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah. It’s also the second film in Cannes – in addition to The Brand New Testament - to feature actress Laura Verlinden.

Co-productions with Flanders that are to have a market screening are Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter and The Amazing Wiplala (co-prod. Ciné Cri de Coeur); Rosenn and Triple Trouble (co-prod. Vivi Film); Phantom Boy (co-prod. Lunanime); La tierra roja and Zurich (co-prod. A Private View); The Surprise (co-prod. Prime Time); Kidnap – Bo’s Most Exciting Holiday Ever (co-prod. Menuet); I’m Dead But I Have Friends (co-prod. Minds Meet); and Eisenstein in Guanajuato and Moonwalkers (co-prod. Potemkino).

Marina, Copain, Paradise, Image, I’m Dead But I Have Friends, Rosenn and Zurich received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Admiral: Michiel de Ruyter, The Amazing Wiplala, Eisenstein in Guanajuato, Kidnap, Moonwalkers and The Surprise were backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz. Belgian Rhapsody, Phantom Boy, La tierra roja and Triple Trouble received support from both funds.

Published on Friday 8 May 2015

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