Gilles Coulier’s short film Mont Blanc has been selected for Official Competition at the 66th Festival de Cannes (15-26 May). Produced by Menuet, Mont Blanc was made possible with the award of a VAF Wildcard.

MontBlancFIThis is the second time Coulier has packed his bags for Cannes. In 2010, the young director’s short film Iceland was selected to compete in the Cinéfondation, Cannes’ student competition. And now, three years later, he's back on the French riviera with Mont Blanc, which is selected for the fest’s Official Short Film Competition. Nominated out of 3,500 submissions, the short is competing for the Palme d’Or for Best Short alongside eight other short films. This year’s five-person short film jury is presided over by Jane Campion (The PianoIn The Cut, Bright Star).

Mont Blanc tells the story of a terminally ill father who wants to make a last journey with his son. He wants to see the Mont Blanc for the last time. Soon it becomes clear that the relationship between father and son isn’t ideal. They don’t understand each other. But with the end of the old man’s life in sight, their differences become even more obvious.

Gilles Coulier and Angelo Tijssens scripted the film. Main characters are played by Jean-Pierre Lauwers and Offline star Wim Willaert, who also took the lead role in Coulier’s short, Iceland.

Dirk Impens produced Mont Blanc for Ghent-based production company Menuet (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Dura Lex), while Felix van Groeningen acted as coach for the project. The short film was made possible with the support of a VAF Wildcard, worth €60,000, offered by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege. Gilles Coulier won a VAF Wildcard in 2009 for his graduation short Iceland.

Published on Tuesday 16 April 2013

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