Violet by Bas Devos and Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August have both been selected for competition at this year’s Torino Film Festival (21-29 November). Emilie Verhamme’s feature film debut Eau Zoo will have its international premiere at the Festival, while In Your Name, co-produced with Flanders, and Michaël R. Roskam’s The Drop are also part of the line-up.

Eau ZooAfter stops in Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Montreal and Los Angeles, Violet now heads for Turin, where it is to screen in the Torino 32 competition programme. On its website, the Festival compares Devos’s poetic portrayal of a grieving teenager with films by Gus Van Sant and the young Atom Egoyan.

Screening in the TFFDOC documentary competition, meanwhile, is Teodora Ana Mihai’s Waiting for August, which has already won numerous awards and is nominated for the European Film Award for Best Documentary. For her first film, the Romanian-Flemish director travelled to the outskirts of Bacau, Romania, where 15-year-old Georgiana is catapulted into the role of head of the family.

After screening at Film Fest Ghent, Emilie Verhamme’s Eau Zoo now receives its international premiere at the Torino Film Festival. The young director tells the story of Martin and Lou, two adolescents living on an island who try to escape their over-protective parents. Eau Zoo will show in the Festival’s A Movable Feast programme, which also includes The Drop, the first American feature by Bullhead director Michaël R. Roskam starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini.

In Your Name directed by Marco van Geffen will also be screening. The film, which was co-produced with Flanders through production banner A Private View (Marry Me), was developed in the Torino Film Lab.

Tomas Leyers of Minds Meet (Lucifer, I’m the same I’m an other) produced Violet, while Hanne Phlypo and Antoine Vermeesch of Clin d’Oeil Films (Houses With Small Windows, The Art of Becoming) produced Waiting for August, in co-production with A Private View. Emilie Verhamme’s own production outfit Holden Wallace produced Eau Zoo, which was made with the VAF Wildcard Verhamme won for her graduation short Tsjernobyl Hearts.

All of the above films with the exception of The Drop received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Tuesday 18 November 2014

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