Raf Reyntjens’ debut feature Paradise Trips is to have its North American premiere as part of the New Voices/New Visions section of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (1-11 January). The line-up also includes the US premiere of Belgian Rhapsody, directed by Vincent Bal.

Paradise TripsThe New Voices/New Visions section showcases 12 films from emerging international directors making their feature film debut. Among them is Raf Reyntjens’ Paradise Trips, a film about a grumpy coach driver who makes some unexpected discoveries about himself and his life during his last journey before retiring. The film debuted at the International Film Festival of Mannheim-Heidelberg in Germany and stars Gene Bervoets (Salamander, S&M Judge) in the main role.

Also among the US premieres at Palm Springs is Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody about two brass bands, one from Flanders and one from Wallonia, competing to represent Belgium at the European finals. The unexpected death of the Flemish trumpet player leads to an unexpected outcome. Bal’s musical comedy was the closing film at both the Montreal World Film Festival and the Arras Film Festival.

Jaco Van Dormael’s Belgian Oscar entry The Brand New Testament, co-produced for Flanders by Caviar, also screens in Palm Springs. The surreal comedy which shows God living in Brussels is additionally in the running for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Finally, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato also features in the Festival. The Flemish co-producer is Potemkino.

Caviar produced Paradise Trips, which m-Appeal represents on the international market. Pierre De Clercq scripted Belgian Rhapsody, an Eyeworks production that is sold internationally by Be for Films. Paradise Trips, Belgian Rhapsody and The Brand New Testament received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. All four films were backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Friday 18 December 2015

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