Nicolas Provost’s feature debut The Invader has been selected for this year's Cinéma Tous Ecrans Festival (4-10 November). Also screening at the fest are two shorts from Flanders: Gilles Coulier's new Paroles and VAF Wildcard winner Moon Blaisse's short Sometime Later. The 17-year-old Swiss fest has a tradition of selecting films that break through ‘audiovisual barriers'.

Still from Gilles Coulier's short ParolesIn 2010, director Gilles Coulier was selected for Cannes’ Cinéfondation with his previous short, Iceland, which was only his third-year project at the Sint-Lukas Film Academy. His graduation project, Paroles, is now starting its international career at Cinéma Tous Ecrans. The director describes his new short cryptically as ‘Nightly encounters imply a return, a return that should make a departure easier.’

Together with Moon Blaisse’s Sometime later, Paroles is competing in the Best International Short Competition for the Reflet d’Or Best International Short and the RTS Award. With two Flemish films selected in a competition of only ten, Flemish short cinema once again proves its international potential. Alice Kharoubi, programmer of the Shorts competition, describes her selection as a ‘new wave of contemporary, innovative, rebellious and realistic creations… [An] overview of short films which show promising talent.’

In Sometime Later, everyone is busy. Everyone 'has to…' because there are constant expectations. People start lots of things, but one way or another, they never get round to finishing them.

In the Film and TV Features Competition, The Invader is competing for no less than seven awards, among them the prestigious Reflet d’Or for Best Feature and Best Director. The Invader presents the story of an illegal African immigrant whose journey begins in Brussels as he searches, like many other immigrants, for a better place in the world. Through his confrontation with a harsh society, he slowly but irreversibly starts to incarnate our worst fears and becomes the monster we have created.

The Invader is a co-production between Versus Production and Prime Time. International sales agent is Paris-based Bac Films. The film was made with support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Sometime Later is produced by Jules Debrock for production company Pain Perdu, while Paroles is a Watch and Behave Pictures production. Both Gilles Coulier and Moon Blaisse won a VAF Wildcard in 2010. The VAF Wildcard programme is aimed at giving recently graduated filmmaking talent the chance to embark on a first professional project.

Published on Sunday 6 November 2011

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