This year’s Berlinale will be marked with a strong presence of Flemish productions and co-productions. Besides Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead, selected for the Panorama, Flanders Image will also be promoting a number of other titles that either are shown in one of the Festival programmes or at the European Film Market (EFM).

BullheadBullhead is Michaël R. Roskam’s feature film debut. In the film, young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious Western Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret from his past set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences. International sales are handled by Celluloid Dreams.

Two shorts are also selected for the Fest: Peter Connelly’s Back By 6 is selected for the Berlinale Shorts competition, while Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Land of the Heroes will be shown in the Generation K+ programme. Back by Six brings us through a day’s journey of two young men who have to be ‘back by six’. As viewers,

Land of the Heroes

we are invited to see through the wondrous eyes of the characters, discovering intrigue in each moment and each encounter, taking nothing for granted. The story of Land of the Heroes draws on his experience growing up during the war between Iraq and Iran, with three kids killing time while waiting for the cartoons show to start on television.

Three co-productions selected for the Berlinale are the animated feature A Cat in Paris by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol (Generation K+/sales: Films Distribution); Nanouk Leopold’s Brownian Movement (Forum/sales: Films Distribution) and Tom Fassaert’s An Angel at Doel (Forum).

At the European Film Market, where Flanders Image can be found at its traditional G3 booth (Martin Gropius Bau), a number of features will get market screenings. There are market premières for Koen Mortier’s 22nd of May (sales: Reel Suspects), Vanja D’Alcantara’s Beyond the Steppes (sales: Doc & Film), and Kadir Balci’s Turquaze (sales: Delphis Films). Also screening is the CGI animated Luke & Lucy & The Texas Rangers (sales: Delphis Films). Screenings of both Hilde van Mieghem’s Madly in Love and Hans Van Nuffel’s multi-award winning Oxygen were awaiting confirmation at the time this item was written.

Published on Monday 31 January 2011

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