Halfway, Waste Land, Labyrinthus and Violet have all been selected for the Cleveland International Film Festival (18-29 March). Also in the line-up are short film Wien for Life, together with Alleluia, Ne me quitte pas and Above Us All, three co-productions with Flanders.

HalfwayHalfway, the sixth feature of Come As You Are director Geoffrey Enthoven and scripted by Pierre De Clercq, will be presented in Cleveland’s After Hours programme. In Halfway, Stephen moves into the luxury home he managed to buy at a rock-bottom price. But his peace is soon disturbed by Theo, who claims to be the rightful owner. But Theo, it turns out, died two years ago.

Waste Land and Alleluia are part of the same section. Previously presented in Toronto, Les Arcs and Austin, Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land is about taciturn homicide detective Leo Woeste, whose very last homicide case slowly drags him deeper into the grim underbelly of Brussels. Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier produced the film for Epidemic (Borgman, Rivers Return).

Based on real-life events in 1940’s America, Alleluia tells the story of a young nurse whose life is destroyed by someone she met via a lonely-hearts ad. La Parti produced Fabrice du Welz’s film in conjunction with Flanders production company Savage Film (Bullhead, Labyrinthus). Also on show in Cleveland is the short film Wien for Life, a dark comedy directed by Alidor Dolfing and produced by Sieber Marly (Siemiany).

Labyrinthus, Douglas Boswell’s debut feature, is scheduled to screen in the Family Films and Film is Art sections. Produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film, the family adventure focuses on 14-year-old Frikke who knows his way around computer games. But this one has a shocking surprise: its protagonists are real kids and real animals whose lives have been mysteriously uploaded into the game’s labyrinth.

Violet, Bas Devos’s portrait of how a teenager copes with grief, will be shown in Cleveland’s World Tour programme. Tomas Leyers (Lucifer, I’m the same I’m an other) produced the film for Minds Meet. Violet has also been invited for New Directors/New Films in New York.

Finally, two other co-productions with Flanders, Above Us All (Minds Meet) and the documentary feature Ne me quitte pas (Storyhouse), have been selected for the Ohio festival.

All of the above-mentioned films received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Labyrinthus was also backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Wednesday 25 February 2015

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