Director Felix van Groeningen will be this year’s Master for Future Frames, the initiative hosted by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and European Film Promotion to promote upcoming film talents. The 10 Future Frames participants – among them Flemish filmmaker Karen Vázquez Guadarrama – will be able to attend a masterclass given by van Groeningen. His latest film Belgica is part of the Official Selection at the Festival.

Felix van Groeninge (c) Hans De GreveThe director of The Broken Circle Breakdown and The Misfortunates will not only give a masterclass but will also share his wide-ranging experience in filmmaking with the young filmmakers selected for Future Frames’ second edition. During an intensive two-day programme, the 10 emerging professionals will be introduced to the media and film industry, while their short films will be presented to the festival audience.

One of those selected is Belgian filmmaker Karen Vázquez Guadarrama, who graduated from the KASK School of Arts with Flower of a Thousand Colours, a short documentary about a single mother who tries to survive in a Bolivian mine camp. The film has already won a number of prizes in its home country, and received its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The Sundance line-up also included van Groeningen’s latest film, Belgica, which premiered in the World Dramatic Competition and took home that section’s Best Direction Award.

The director’s visually arresting story about two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success will also screen in Karlovy Vary as part of the Official Selection. Van Groeningen’s The Misfortunates was presented there in 2010, while the director returned in 2013 with The Broken Circle Breakdown as one of Variety’s 10 European Directors to Watch.

Belgica was produced by Menuet (The Broken Circle Breakdown, Café Derby); Arne Sierens and van Groeningen wrote the script. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Wednesday 8 June 2016

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