Waste Land by Pieter Van Hees and Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens are the frontrunners for this year’s Ensor awards. The winners will be announced on at a gala closing the Ostend Film Festival on 19 September.

Waste LandWaste Land tops the list with a spectacular 13 nominations (inc. Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Jérémie Renier) and Best Actress (Natali Broods)), followed by Paradise Trips with nine nominations (inc. Best Director, Best Script and Best Actor (Gene Bervoets)).

Cub by Jonas Govaerts gathered seven nominations (inc. Best Supporting actor (Titus Devooght) and Best Music (Steve Moore)). Both Violet by Bas De Vos and N - The Madness of Reason received four nominations, followed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s Image (three nominations), Vincent Bal’s Belgian Rhapsody (two nominations) and Gust Van den Berghe’s Lucifer and Kadir Balci’s Marry Me (each nominated once).

Nominations in the Best Short and Best Documentary categories will be announced in the days prior to the Festival. Winners of both the Industry Award and the Audience Award will be announced as well during the Ensor gala.

This year’s Ostend Film Festival is to open on 11 September with Lenny Van Wesemael’s feature debut Café Derby. Closing film is Jan Bultheel’s Cafard. Selected for the Look! International Competition is Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus. Other co-productions with Flanders featuring on this year’s festival programme include Schneider Vs. Bax by Alex Van Warmerdam, Couple In A Hole by Tom Geens, and Keeper by Guillaume Senez.

Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

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