Gust Van den Berghe's Lucifer and Kristof Hoornaert's short Empire are both invites to the 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival (7 – 18 October). Four co-productions with Flanders - Couple in a Hole, Les cowboys, Schneider vs. Bax and The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) - also made it to the final selection.

Still EmpireLucifer is Gust Van den Berghe's third feature and the final installment to his tryptic  to which Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue bird also belong. On his downfall from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer passes through the earthly paradise, a village in Mexico, where elderly Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live. Lupita's brother Emanuel pretends he's paralyzed so he can drink and gamble while the two women tend to the sheep. Lucifer senses an opportunity and plays the miraculous healer. He forces Emanuel to walk again, seduces Maria and makes Lupita doubt about her faith. He didn't bring bad luck, he only illuminated the line between good and evil, where it didn't exist before. The film is an adaptation of Joost van den Vondel's play. Producer is Tomas Leyers of Minds Meet.

Kristof Hoornaert's Empire gets its first European presentation in London, after receiving its world première at the Montréal World Film Festival. It's a portrait of a family in our modern civilization, captured in real team. One late afternoon, somewhere in a big city, a man comes home…

Four co-productions with Flanders also made it to the final selection. Couple in a Hole by Tom Geens, about a middle class British couple ends up living like feral creatures in a camouflaged hole in the middle of a vast forest somewhere in France. Flanders co-producer is A Private View.

Thomas Bidegain's Les cowboys, tells the story of a single father who together with his son start a search for his lost daughter.
Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, co-produced by, is about a hit man who gets an assignment on the morning of his birthday. An apparently simple job becomes more complex than expected…

Finally, there's also Jaco Van Dormael's The Brand New Testament. It shows that God really exists. He actually lives with wife and daughter in Brussels. However the Almighty is not the nicest of characters. And then his daughter decides to rebel against him. Belgian co-producers are Terra Incognita Films, Climax Films and, for Flanders, Frank Van Passel for Caviar.

Published on Tuesday 1 September 2015

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