Nic Balthazar’s new feature film Everybody Happy had its world première at the Montreal World Film Festival (25 August-5 September). The Festival also hosted the international premiere of Behind the Clouds, a debut feature by Cecilia Verheyden.

Everybody HappyNic Balthazar is no stranger to Montreal, where his debut feature Ben X won no less than three awards in 2007. His third feature, starring Peter Van den Begin, Barbara Sarafian and Josse De Pauw, is a modern parable about a successful stand-up comedian who is wrestling with his own worst enemy: his own negativity.

Everybody Happy had its world premiere as part of Montreal’s World Competition. The Belgian premiere followed on September 9 as the opening film of the Film Festival of Oostende, to be followed by a theatrical release on September 28 by KFD.

Also screening in Montreal was Behind the Clouds, the debut feature by Cecilia Verheyden, which was invited for the First Films Competition. Based on a play by Michaël De Cock about two former lovers who meet again after more than 50 years, the film was a box-office hit in Belgium earlier this year.

Finally, screening in the World Competition, Koen Van Sande’s short film Cracks shows a bourgeois couple afraid to park their expensive car in Brussels’s Arab neighbourhood. Cartouche produced this short in which Charlotte Vandermeersch (Belgica) and Peter Van den Eede (Death of a Shadow) play the main roles.

Peter Bouckaert produced Behind the Clouds and Everybody Happy for Eyeworks (Marina, The Verdict). Both films 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 invested in Everybody Happy.

Published on Tuesday 9 August 2016

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