Raf Reyntjens’s Paradise Trips has been invited into Competition at the International Film Festival in Mannheim-Heidelberg (9-24 October), where the film is to have its international première. The festival line-up also includes three co-productions with Flanders.

Paradise TripsIn the film, which marks Reyntjens’s directorial debut, Gene Bervoets (Schneider vs Bax, Salamander) plays Mario, a grumpy coach driver who has spent his life shuttling old age pensioners to the sunny south. On the verge of his own retirement, he has to bring a motley crew of partygoers to a music festival in Croatia. His journey soon turns into a life-changing trip that confronts him with his own prejudices - and with his long-lost son.

Paradise Trips will also screen at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht where it will be part of a special showcase of Belgian Cinema from Flanders. On September 24, the film will be released in cinemas in the Netherlands, distributed by Cinéart.

Also selected for the International Competition in Mannheim-Heidelberg is La tierra roja, starring Geert Van Rampelberg (The Treatment) and co-produced by A Private View. The children’s section features another two co-productions with Flanders: Tim Oliehoek’s The Amazing Wiplala, co-produced by Ciné Cri de Coeur; and Finn by Frans Weisz, a co-production with Eyeworks.

Paradise Trips, La tierra roja and Finn received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The first two and The Amazing Wiplala were backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muytters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Friday 18 September 2015

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