Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Janet van den Brand’s short Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis have been selected for the Berlin international Film Festival (7-17 February). Both films will premiere internationally in the fest’s Panorama Specials strand and Generation Kplus shorts competition respectively. Two co-productions were also confirmed: Flemish director Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, which will open the Generation programme, and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love. Recent features such as Peter Monsaert's Offline and Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy! make their market debuts at the Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM). Other EFM entries are The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, as well as co-productionsTenderness by Marion Hänsel, Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alo and Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne.

BerlinaleThe Broken Circle Breakdown is represented internationally by The Match Factory. The film is already a box office hit in its home territory with over 320,000 admissions (and still going strong).The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (TurquazeThe Misfortunates) and stars Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh. In honour of the Panorama Specials selection, Flanders Image is also publishing a special 'Talent Matters' section entirely dedicated to van Groeningen's work.

Janet van den Brand’s Generation-selected Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis portrays three sisters growing up together. Nine-year-old Rosa grows up in her own world. In this small universe she looks at her big sister with a mixture of obsession and admiration, but often feels excluded by her little sister, whom she envies. While tension between the three slowly mounts and Rosa’s resentment towards her big sister begins to tear her apart, she does everything to become the big sister. For her graduation film at the Sint Lukas Film Academy in Brussels, van den Brand received coaching from Patrice Toye (Little Black Spiders) and Fien Troch (Kid) on the direction side, and Ludo Troch for the editing.

Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, starring Burghart Klaussner and Isabella Rossellini, had its international premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. In Berlin, the film is running in the Generation Kplus competition. The film is represented internationally by Attraction Distribution and was produced by Antonino Lombardo of Prime Time. Director Vincent Bal kicked off his career with features such as Man of Steel and Minoes. Read the interview from the Flanders (i) magazine.

Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love premiered internationally at the IDFA last year. The documentary will run in Berlin’s Culinary Cinema sidebar. Flemish producer for the film is Mark Daems of Associate Directors. International sales agent is Autlook Filmsales.

In addition to the market screenings for these films, this year's European Film Market will also feature market premieres of other recent fare such as Peter Monsaert's award-winning feature film debut Offline, and the nostalgia-heavy family-oriented Allez, Eddy! by Gert Embrechts which recently ended among the top-three audience favourites in Palm Springs. Sales agent for Allez, Eddy! is Global Screen, while Offline is represented by Lumière, who can be found on the Flanders Image booth (EFM booth G4).

Films Boutique represents Venice competition entry The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. Other co-productions at the EFM are Enzo d'Alo's animated Pinocchio (sales: Rezo), Tenderness by Marion Hänsel (Doc & Film) and Kinshasa Kids by Frédéric Fonteyne (MK2).

All films mentioned were made with the support of amongst others the VAF/Film Fund.

Published on Thursday 31 January 2013

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