This year’s fifth edition of Copenhagen’s CPH PIX Film Festival (11-24 April) presents three (co-)productions from Flanders. Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children are screening in the Politiken’s Audience Award spectrum, while Comrade Kim goes Flying, a co-production by Anja Daelemans, is selected for an Open Air film screening.

Comrade Kim goes flying fi newsAn intense drama, van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown is screening in the fest’s Politiken’s Audience Award section, which assembles a selection of 10 films which could fare well in Danish cinema distribution and also harbours Joachim Lafosse’s Our Children. The winning film is rewarded with support to be launched in Danish cinemas and will also be shown on Danish television.

Van Groeningen’s fourth feature film premiered internationally at this year’s Berlinale where it scooped the Panorama Audience Award and the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Feature. It’s the story of Flemish cowboy Didier who matches perfectly with Elise, a headstrong tattoo artist, despite all their differences. When their six-year-old daughter becomes seriously ill, they each respond in their own way.

Our Children by Walloon director Joachim Lafosse, which was co-produced with Flanders, is also selected for Copenhagen’s prime festival after screenings at Cannes and Palm Springs, among others. Mounir, a young Moroccan boy, is given a future in Belgium by a generous doctor. When he starts a family of his own, his wife finds herself trapped in an oppressive emotional atmosphere, inevitably leading to a tragic outcome.

Receiving an Open Air film screening is Comrade Kim goes Flying, a romantic comedy about a North Korean coalminer whose dream it is to become a trapeze artist. Entirely shot in North Korea with local cast and crew, the film was post-produced in Belgium. After its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Comrade Kim screened at various festivals including Rotterdam and the South Korean fest of Busan, recently reaching a total of nearly 20 festival selections.

CPH PIX resulted from a merger between the NatFilm Festival and the Copenhagen International Film Festival, focussing on new talents and avant-garde works. Last year, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader and Monkey Sandwich by Wim Vandekeybus screened in competition at Copenhagen, while Michaël R Roskam’s Bullhead also received a special screening.

Dirk Impens produced van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown for Menuet (Turquaze, The Misfortunates). Our Children was co-produced by Antonino Lombardo for production outfit Prime Time (Kid, Little Black Spiders). Both films were funded through the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Another Dimension of an Idea’s Anja Daelemans co-produced Comrade Kim goes Flying alongside Nicholas Bonner (Koryo Group) and the film’s North-Korean producer Ryom Mi Hwa (KFEIC).

Published on Thursday 4 April 2013

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