Pieter Van Hees’s Waste Land has been selected for Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (13-20 December). Bas Devos’s feature debut Violet and Benoit De Clerck’s short film The Hunger are also part of the official line-up. Flemish projects to be discovered in the professional programme are Kenneth Mercken’s Coureur and Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus. Finally, three new feature films from Flanders - BlackBelgian Rhapsody and again Waste Land - will be pitched to an audience of distributors and cinema owners from France.

BlackWaste Land, Black and Belgian Rhapsody will be presented during the Les Arcs Summit, a yearly programme that reunites independent distributors and industry professionals focusing on the exhibition of European films in France and made up of a number of films scheduled for a 2015 release.

One of them is Waste Land, the final instalment in Pieter Van Hees’s trilogy after Left Bank and Dirty Mind. Main character this time is homicide detective Leo Woeste, who is slowly drowning in the waste land that surrounds his very last homicide case. Chrysalis Films plans to release the film in French theatres next March. Produced by Epidemic, Waste Land is represented by international sales agent Be For Films.

Directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will present Black at the summit. The pair recently debuted with Image; Black is their second feature and focuses on 15-year-old Mavela who joins notorious youth gang ‘Black Bronx’. When she falls in love with a boy from a rival gang, she is forced to choose between loyalty and love. The producer is Caviar.

Eyeworks produced Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody, a romantic musical comedy about two Belgian brass bands competing to represent the country at a European contest. When the key trumpet player of the Flemish harmony drops dead on stage during the pre-selection heats, the conductor’s daughter refuses to forfeit and comes up with a bold idea.

Screening in Les Arcs’ Panorama section is Violet, Bas Devos’s feature film debut portraying a teenager who is confronted with the unexpected and violent death of his best friend. New Europe Film Sales handles international sales of Violet, a Minds Meet production.

Also selected is Benoit De Clerck’s The Hunger, produced by Ciné Cri de Coeur, a short film about 10-year-old Karel who is playing in the dunes of the Flemish coast. A chance encounter between the grass and sand will change his live forever.

Finally, The Arc 1950 Co-Production Village welcomes two projects from Flanders: Kenneth Mercken is developing Coureur, his feature film debut set in the world of cycling, which is being produced by Czar TV; and Wim Vandekeybus will reveal the first images of Galloping Mind, shot earlier this year, to potential buyers and sellers.

All of the above films received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Monday 15 December 2014

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