Sum of Histories, Lukas Bossuyt’s feature debut, is to have its world premiere in the First Films Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, which takes place from August 27 till September 7. Empire and Nkosi Coiffure, two shorts from Flanders, also premiere in the World Competition section, while the programme contains five further films from Flanders: Belgian Rhapsody, Marry Me and the shorts Olav, The Soul Is Wandering and Dissonant.

Still: Sum of HistoriesA love story with a touch of sci-fi, Sum of Histories tells the story of Viktor, a brilliant young professor who discovers a way to manipulate time. Now he can finally change the past and help his beloved Lena, but not without risk… Koen De Graeve (Time of My Life, The Misfortunates) plays the main role, joined by Matteo Simoni (Marina, Crazy About Ya) and Robrecht Vanden Thoren (Come As You Are). Producers are Frank Van Passel and Ivy Vanhaecke of Caviar (Black, Paradise Trips).

Premiering in the World Competition for short films is Empire by Kristof Hoornaert (produced by Sireal Films), a portrait of a modern family captured in real time. Also set for its world premiere is Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure (produced by 2nd to the Right) in which, following a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’s Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, but when they find out what the fight was about, opinions differ.

Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody, an Eyeworks production about two brass bands competing to represent Belgium, has been picked for the festival’s World Greats selection. Marry Me, the second film by Kadir Balci, is part of the Panorama. Produced by A Private View, this comedy follows Jurgen and Sibel who want to marry but reckoned without their families.

Jacinta Agten’s short Olav will have its international premiere in Montreal, where the film screens as part of the Focus on World Cinema. Olav shows a 70-year-old mother and her 38-year-old son who live away from society, in a relationship of power and manipulation.

In The Soul Is Wandering, documentary filmmaker Guillaume Vandenberghe revisits the apartment where his father, painter Philippe Vandenberg, committed suicide in 2009. The film is selected for the documentary section of the festival.

Finally, Jurgen Willocx’s short Dissonant (Earlybirds Films), in which a cassette tape changes the live of the withdrawn teenager Mario and his distant father, has been selected for the Student Film Festival organised as part of the Montreal Festival.

Sum of Histories, Belgian Rhapsody, Marry Me, Empire and Nkosi Coiffure received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, also backed Sum of Histories and Belgian Rhapsody.

Published on Tuesday 11 August 2015

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