Robin Pront’s debut feature The Ardennes is one of 10 contenders for the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival (17-28 February). All the selected films are first and second features directed by “a range of exciting new talents”. In addition to The Ardennes, this year’s Glasgow line-up also contains five co-productions with Flanders.

The ArdennesRobin Pront’s grim tale about brotherly conflict is also part of the festival’s Pioneer programme, a collection of brand new films from directors who the Festival believes might just win an Oscar or a Palme d’Or one day. Alongside The Ardennes in the Pioneer programme are such top international films as France’s Oscar-nominated Mustang; The Daughter starring Geoffrey Rush; and Josh Mond’s James White.

Window on the World, offering the very best of international cinema, presents Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights about a French NGO involved in a humanitarian disaster, of which the Flemish co-producer is Prime Time (Kid, Little Black Spiders). Lunanime (Offline) co-produced Cowboys in which Thomas Bidegain recounts a father’s search for his missing daughter.

Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy The Brand New Testament can be seen as part of Glasgow’s CineMasters programme; the film was co-produced by Caviar (Black, Sum of Histories). In addition, the line-up includes Eisenstein in Guanajuato, which Peter Greenaway directed and Potemkino (Cub) co-produced for Flanders.

Couple in a Hole by London-based Flemish director Tom Geens is selected for the Local Heroes section. This story about a middle-class British couple who end up living like feral creatures in a vast forest, was co-produced for Flanders by A Private View (Marry Me, Oxygen).

Finally, the Gala programme includes Disorder by Alice Winocour, in which Matthias Schoenaerts stars alongside Diane Krüger as a security agent suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Savage Film (The Land of the Enlightened, Bullhead) produced The Ardennes, which was scripted by Robin Pront and Jeroen Perceval. The film received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund administered by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz, as did The Brand New Testament, The White Knights and Couple in a Hole. Eisenstein in Guanajuato, The Ardennes 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 26 January 2016

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