Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Jan and Raf Roosens’s short film Copain will take part in the Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, France (12-19 December). The programme also includes Couple in a Hole by Tom Geens - a co-production with Flanders - and A Bigger Splash starring Matthias Schoenaerts.

The ArdennesThe Ardennes is one of 10 feature films selected for Official Competition in Les Arcs and is thus in line for the festival’s main prize, the Crystal Arrow. Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval (Borgman) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown) play the main roles in this Flemish noir thriller, which is produced by Savage Film (Bullhead), about two brothers who head to the Ardennes with a specific mission in mind.

The competition line-up also includes Couple in a Hole by London-based Flemish director Tom Geens, about a middle-class British couple trying to escape society and ending up - quite literally - in a hole in a French forest. A Private View (Moscow, Belgium) co-produced the film for Flanders.

The line-up for the Official Competition for shorts includes Copain by Jan and Raf Roosens, produced by Rococo. The 15-minute film about a teenager who finds himself trapped between two worlds when he falls in love was in the Cannes Short Film Competition earlier this year.

The Ardennes and Couple in a Hole will also be featured in the Les Arcs Summit, an annual platform bringing together independent distributors and film professionals to focus on the exhibition of European films in France. This programme also features two co-productions with Flanders: Guillaume Senez’s Keeper (co-produced by Savage Film); and Les premiers, les derniers by Bouli Lanners (co-produced by Prime Time).

All the selected films received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Ardennes was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.

Published on Wednesday 4 November 2015

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