Geoffrey Enthoven’s Halfway, Plan Bart, directed by Roel Mondelaers and Marry Me, the new feature by Kadir Balci, are all to have their North American premieres at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley (24 February – 9 March). Piss & Vinegar and Wien for Life, two Flemish shorts, also receive their international premieres at the festival. In the Heart, a co-production with Flanders starring Koen De Graeve, completes the Flemish line-up.

HalfwayMarry Me, Kadir Balci’s second feature after Turquaze, tells the story of Sibel and Jurgen who get engaged following a brief affair. The couple looks forward to what ought to be the most beautiful day of their lives, but reckon without the pressure, expectations and doubts of their families.

Plan Bart, Roel Mondelaers’s debut feature, brings together Wine Dierickx (With Friends Like These, Loft), Jeroen Perceval (Bullhead, Borgman) and Wouter Hendrickx (Oxygen, The Misfortunates). It tells the story of Sarah, whose idyllic life starts to fall apart when her partner confesses he never wanted kids. She convinces an old friend to impregnate her and disappear from her life again. At least, that’s the plan.

Halfway, the sixth feature directed by Geoffrey Enthoven and written by Pierre De Clercq, stars Koen De Graeve (Loft, Time of My Life) as Stef who moves into a beautiful house he bought for a bargain. But his peace is soon disturbed by Theo, played by Jurgen Delnaet (Marsman, Moscow, Belgium), who claims to be the rightful owner. But Theo, it turns out, died two years ago…

De Graeve is also to be seen in In the Heart, a feature directed by Nicole van Kilsdonk in which he plays a divorced father who starts a new relationship. But when he finds out he is terminally ill and his children and ex-wife plan to take care of him, the new relationship is challenged. A Private View co-produced the film for Flanders.

Piss & Vinegar, a short film written and directed by Tatyana Beloy and Dirk Domen, shows how 10-year-old Julie makes the life of her stepfather a living hell for no apparent reason. In Wien for Life, directed by Alidor Dolfing, the alter ego of directing partnership Mark Bouwmeester and Nyk Dekeyer, Pierre and Jean, owners of a desolate gas station on the Belgian-French border, decide to steal a winning lottery ticket from a customer. But it turns out each has a different plan in mind.

More talent from Flanders is on show in the Cinequest short film competition, which includes De Smet from Flemish directors Wim Geudens and Thomas Baerten. Tom Audenaert (Quiz Me Quick), Sven De Ridder (Cordon) and Stefaan Degand (The Tour, Clan) play three brothers whose lives are disrupted by the arrival of a new neighbour. Elbe Stevens Film and Lumière Cinema Maastricht from the Netherlands produced the short with Ben Vandendaele as Flemish executive producer.

Mariano Vanhoof of Fobic Films (Come As You Are) produced Halfway, while Caviar’s Ivy Vanhaecke is the producer of Plan Bart, written by Roel Mondelaers and Hans Van Nuffel. Marry Me is a Dries Phlypo and Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem production (A Private View); Van Rijckeghem scripted the film together with Kadir Balci. Antwerp-based production company Geronimo produced Piss & Vinegar, while Wien for Life was produced by Sieber. Halfway, Plan Bart, Marry Me, In the Heart and Wien for Life all received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Friday 30 January 2015

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