Hans Herbots’s The Treatment, Waste Land, directed by Pieter Van Hees, and Jonas Govaerts’s debut feature Cub are invited to Austin for the city’s Fantastic Fest (18-25 September). They are joined by three co-productions with Flanders: Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the animation special A Town Called Panic – The Christmas Log.

CubThe Treatment tells the story of Nick Cafmeyer, an intelligent but troubled police inspector who’s still haunted by the unsolved disappearance of his younger brother. When a nine-year-old boy goes missing, he takes the lead in the relentless manhunt that follows. Directed by Hans Herbots, the film is based on Mo Hayder’s international bestseller and received its international premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival last month.

Pieter Van Hees directed Waste Land, which recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Jérémie Renier takes the lead role of homicide detective Leo Woeste, whose convictions start to crumble when his wife unexpectedly becomes pregnant. His last case, involving a dealer in Congolese cult statues, slowly drags him deeper into the wasteland, far away from his wife and his role as a future father.

Following in Van Hees’s footsteps is Jonas Govaerts who also travels from Toronto to Austin. His feature debut follows 12-year-old Sam, who heads off to camp with his fellow boy scouts. But the woods they’re staying in are home to The Poacher, an evil psychopath intent on slaughtering the cubs one by one.

In addition to Flanders’ three films selected for Austin, three co-productions also feature in the festival’s line-up. Belgian director Fabrice du Welz based his Alleluia – which debuted in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight – on a true crime story in 1940’s America. A Town Called Panic – The Christmas Log is another adventure featuring Cowboy, Indian and Horse, whose Christmas party isn’t going the way it should. Invited as well is Nymphomaniac, Lars von Trier’s wild and poetic story of a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac.

The Fantastic Fest in Austin, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is one of the largest genre festivals in the US specialising in horror, fantasy, science fiction and action. This year, it showcases around 80 films, including Horns, Nightcrawler and Cannes-prize-winner The Tribe.

Eyeworks’ Peter Bouckaert produced The Treatment, while Eurydice Gysel and Koen Mortier of Epidemic produced Waste Land. Be for Films handles international sales on both films. Producer of Cub is Peter De Maegd of Potemkino, with international representation by Kinology. La Parti produced Alleluia, co-produced for Flanders by Bart Van Langendonck’s Savage Film, as well as A Town Called Panic – The Christmas Log, which was also co-produced with Flanders through Ben Tesseur and Steven De Beul’s animation house Beast. Bert Hamelinck of Caviar Films was Femish co-producer on von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. All these films received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 16 September 2014

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