King of the Belgians, the new film by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, and Fien Troch’s latest film Home were selected for the Venice International Film Festival (31 August-10 September) where they had their world premieres as part of the Orizzonti Competition. The Venice line-up also included several co-productions with Flanders.

HomeIt has been four years since a film from Flanders last made it to Venice: Brosens and Woodworth’s The Fifth Season was selected in 2012. With two films in competition this year, the Venice Film Festival added quite a touch of Flanders to its line-up.

Home, Fien Troch’s fourth feature, focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults who surround them, both finding it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off worlds. The cast consists mainly of new talent alongside well-known actors like Karlijn Sileghem (Come As You Are) and Robbie Cleiren (Clan). Acclaimed editor Nico Leunen – known for his work on The Broken Circle Breakdown and Ryan Gosling’s Lost River – edited the film. The soundtrack was created by Jewel (Drive, Lost River). Prime Time (Kid, Little Black Spiders) produced Home.

After their trilogy Khadak, Altiplano and The Fifth Season, meanwhile, Brosens and Woodworth venture into the world of mockumentaries with the story of Nicolas III, an exiled King who, in pursuit of home, discovers the real world – and himself.

Peter Van den Begin (Everybody Happy), Titus De Voogdt (The Missing), Lucie Debay and Bruno Georis play the main roles. The film was produced by Bo Films and is set for release in Belgian cinemas on November 30. International sales are handled by Be for Films.

The various Venice programmes also included two films co-produced with Flanders. Screening in the main competition was Brimstone, an epic tale of survival in which heroine Liz overcomes a vengeful preacher. Directed by Martin Koolhoven (Winter in Wartime), the film stars Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Kit Harington and was co-produced for Flanders by Prime Time.

Cristiano Bortone’s Coffee – selected for the Venice Days – consists of three stories in three different countries, all connected by coffee. Koen De Bouw (Loft) and Charlotte De Bruyne (Flying Home) star in this drama, co-produced by Flanders’ Savage Film (The Land of the Enlightened, Bullhead).

Home, King of the Belgians and Brimstone received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, also backed King of the Belgians and Coffee.

Published on Tuesday 2 August 2016

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