Stijn Coninx’s feature film Marina, based on the childhood memories of Italian-Belgian musician Rocco Granata, has been selected for the Cannes Ecrans Juniors Competition.

MarinaEach year, Ecrans Juniors presents a competitive programme of eight international films designed to appeal to viewers aged 13-15 because of the film’s central theme or because it offers them a different way of looking at the world. The competition is initiated by Cannes Cinéma, an organisation bringing together several Cannes-based cinemas. Marina is to have three screenings in Cannes, all open to surrounding schools.

The central character in the film is young Rocco Granata. When his father moves the family from Italy to Belgium because he can make a better living as a coalminer there, the boy’s excitement soon turns into disappointment. Housing is poor, the weather is cold and they don’t speak the language. Rocco tries to find a way to adapt by doing what he does best: playing music.

Stijn Coninx and Rik D’hiet scripted the story of Marina, with the main roles played by Matteo Simoni and Evelien Bosmans. Peter Bouckaert produced the film for Eyeworks. Marina received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Friday 8 May 2015

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