Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, are both heading north for the Göteborg Film Festival at the end of January. The programme contains another five co-productions with Flanders, while local talents Matthias Schoenaerts and Jan Bijvoet appear in foreign films at the Festival.

The ArdennesThe Ardennes, Pront’s ‘Flemish thriller noir’ about two brothers on the wrong track, will be presented in the New Voices programme in Göteborg, a section of 30 films from up-and-coming international directors. El Arbi and Fallah’s contemporary Romeo & Juliet story Black is part of the Five Continents section.

Both films have done remarkably well since they premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Black not only won Toronto’s Discovery Award, but also picked up the Audience Award in Ghent, while main actress Martha Canga Antonio has been selected as one of the European Shooting Stars to be presented in Berlin next month.

In the meantime, The Ardennes opened Film Fest Gent, screened in competition in Gijón and Les Arcs and has been sold to a number of countries including France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and the US. An American remake is also planned.

Göteborg’s line-up boasts some 450 films this year and also includes A Bigger Splash in which Matthias Schoenaerts stars alongside Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. The Flemish actor also appears in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, which is set for a Gala screening.

The Festival Favourites also includes Embrace of the Serpent from Colombia in which Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet (The Ardennes, Cordon) takes one of the main roles, as well as Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights, a co-production with Flanders through Prime Time.

Other selected co-productions with Flanders are Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, co-produced by Epidemic; Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament, co-produced by Caviar; and Rosto’s animation films The Monster of Nix (co-prod: CinéTé) and Splintertime (co-prod: S.O.I.L.).

The Ardennes is produced by Savage Film and Black by Caviar. The Ardennes, Black, The White Knights, Schneider vs. Bax, The Brand New Testament, The Monster of Nix and Splintertime all received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Ardennes, Schneider vs. Bax and The Brand New Testament were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 19 January 2016

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