Peter Monsaert has been honoured as Best Director at the Ourense Film Festival in Spain (16-24 November). His feature debut Offline also received the festival’s Audience Award.

OfflineFirst-time helmer Peter Monsaert sees the Ourense awards as a confirmation of his own belief that he has created a universal story with Offline, in which recognisable human emotions form the basic ingredients. In its report, the international jury not only praised this universality, but also the warm, human approach of a difficult and sometimes tough plot. The way Monsaert managed to tell that story in a realistic and moving manner, aided by the pure and representative acting from his main cast, also earned him acclaim from the jury.

Offline sees Anemone Valcke and Wim Willaert in the main roles. After seven years in prison, Rudy has set himself some clear objectives. He wants to get back to work as a washing machine repairman, but above all he wants to be reconciled with the family he left behind. Despite the help and support of his few remaining friends, his plans fail – just when a reunion eventually comes in sight, the past gets the upper hand again.

Since its release, Offline has scooped up awards at film festivals in Amiens, Aubagne, Rouyn-Noranda, Setúbal and St Petersburg among others. Monsaert himself, Dominique Willaert and Tom Dupont scripted the film; Ruben Impens was taken on board as Director of Photograpy, while Belgian rock band Triggerfinger took care of the musical score. The film is a production of Annemie Degryse (Lunanime) and Victoria Deluxe, and received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Monday 25 November 2013

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