Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette’s documentary Rain will have its US premiere in the documentary competition of LA Film Fest (13 – 23 June 2013). Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s feature film The Fifth Season has been selected for the International Showcase in LA while the award-winning animated short film Oh Willy… by Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels was confirmed for the short film program.

rainfinews01mainOn 25 May 2011 the world renowned Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris presented 'Rain', its first ever performance of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Directors Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. A poetic documentary about searching, looking and hesitating within the walls of the opera, which at times can be claustrophobic. Rain was previously selected for, amongst others, IDFA, DOK.fest and Cinéma du Réel. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (BullheadCinéma Inch’Allah).

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season, the third and final part of a triptych, will also screen in Los Angeles in the International Showcase, which focuses on innovative independent features and documentaries made outside the United States. The Fifth Season has had an impressive festival course so far, with selections for Toronto and Palm Springs, and awards in Venice, Valladolid and Les Arcs. Director of photography for the film was Hans Bruch Jr., Woodworth and Brosens produced and directed. International sales are handled by Berlin-based Films Boutique.

Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef’s animated short film Oh Willy… will feature in the LA short film programme. The festival favourite was produced by Steven De Beul and Ben Tesseur for Beast Animation. Finally, Marcel, King of Tervuren, created by American animator Tom Schroeder, has also been selected. It’s a Greek tragedy – acted out by roosters – narrated by the Belgian Ann Berckmoes.

Rain, The Fifth Season and Oh Willy… received support from the VAF/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Wednesday 8 May 2013

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