North Sea Texas grabs Swiss Culture Prize

Bavo Defurne’s feature debut North Sea Texas has won the Network Culture Prize in Bern, Switzerland, a biannual prize encouraging public awareness and rewarding outstanding work in going public with gay cultural concerns. With the award comes a cash prize of CHF15,000 (approx. €12,350). Director Bavo Defurne accepted the honours in person during an awards ceremony on Saturday.

Still of North Sea TexasThe introverted Pim grows up in the late sixties in some shabby little village on the Belgian coast. He is a real dreamer and when puberty kicks in, Pim starts dreaming of Gino, the older boy next door.

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Published on Monday 14 January 2013

North Sea Texas takes on Thailand

Bavo’s Defurne’s feature debut North Sea Texas recently celebrated its release in Thailand by Mongkol Major. The release in Thai cinemas follows earlier international successes in Germany and the UK, where the film attracted positive reviews in the likes of The Guardian and The Times.

Bavo Defurne North Sea TexasMongkol Major, which took on North Sea Texas for Thailand (Thai poster on the left), also handles major films in its territory such as The Twilight Sage, The Hunger Games and Haywire.

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Published on Tuesday 21 August 2012

North Sea Texas grabs fifth international prize

Bavo Defurne’s feature film debut North Sea Texas has snared its fifth international prize. The film screened at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (27 April-6 May) where it was not only programmed as the closing picture, but also received the HBO Jury Prize for Best Full Length Feature.

Bavo Defurne's North Sea TexasMore than a year after its Belgian release, North Sea Texas keeps on scoring overseas on both sales and festival selections. Recently Bavo Defurne’s feature had the honour of opening the Pink Apple Zürich Film Festival (2-10 May) in advance of its German theatrical release on 10 May.

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Published on Tuesday 8 May 2012

UK release for North Sea Texas

Bavo Defurne’s feature debut, North Sea Texas, opens in British theatres today. It’s quite exceptional for a Belgian film from Flanders to get a wide UK release. Peccadillo, one of the UK’s principal distributors, signed up for the film’s theatrical release and has also set a VOD and DVD release for August.

Actress Eva Van der Gucht, director Bavo Defurne and actor Jelle FloorizoneJust last Sunday, North Sea Texas closed the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival with a red carpet moment. After its passage in London, the film even received a three star review in The Guardian. Reviewer Henry Banes pegs it as a ‘beautiful-looking film about fledging gay love on the Belgian coast’ with brilliant acting.

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Published on Friday 6 April 2012

Bavo Defurne scoops festival award in Cape Town

At the fifth edition of the Cape Winelands Film Festival in Cape Town, South Africa (14-24 March), Flemish director Bavo Defurne was awarded the Best First Feature Director Award for his feature debut North Sea, Texas. The film will be domestically released on DVD on 10 April.

north sea texas bavo defurneNorth Sea, Texas keeps on scoring overseas. On 1 April, the film officially closes the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and about a week later the movie will be released theatrically in the UK. Meanwhile, the film is already screening in movie theatres in The Netherlands. North Sea, Texas has so far been sold to ten territories, including the US, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland and Poland.

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Published on Tuesday 27 March 2012

North Sea Texas enters British waters

Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas will close the 26th BFI London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (23 March-1 April). Peccadillo, one of the UK’s principal distributors, had already signed North Sea Texas up for theatrical release in the UK on 6 April, with VOD and DVD release following in August.

north sea texas bavo defurneAfter it’s opening of the Amsterdam Pink Film Days, North Sea Texas by director Bavo Defurne is given yet another top billing at one of Europe’s principal gay movie fests.  The director is no stranger to the LLGFF as a short filmmaker and this is a welcome return with his feature debut. “Every frame of this widescreen film is beautiful,” says one of the festival’s reviewers, “whether capturing a single blade of grass blowing in the wind or a tentative kiss. The passionate longing of adolescence is subtly conveyed and avoids the clichés which demand that desire be punished”.

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Published on Friday 24 February 2012

North Sea Texas kicks off in The Netherlands and UK

Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas is set for a Dutch premiere in Amsterdam’s Pathé De Munt cinema on 7 March as part of the 15th Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival  (Pink Film Days, 15-25 March), which kicks off a week later. Meanwhile Peccadillo Pictures has signed on to handle the film's distribution in the UK and Ireland.

north sea texas bavo defurneThe Dutch premiere, which will be attended by cast and crew, is just the start of a tour in The Netherlands. North Sea Texas will screen in a number of cities, including Nijmegen and Den Haag. In March, the film will also feature in the line-up of the BUFF (13-17 March), the International Children and Young People’s Film Festival in Malmö, Sweden. North Sea Texas recently made its US debut at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was picked up for US distribution by Strand Releasing.

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Published on Thursday 16 February 2012

Strand adds North Sea Texas to US portfolio

Strand Releasing has acquired US rights to Bavo Defurne’s feature debut North Sea Texas. The film joins the distributor's strong portfolio of arthouse titles such as Cannes winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesHead-on and Mysterious SkinNorth Sea Texas is scheduled for a fall 2012 release in the US.

Still from Bavo Defurne's North Sea TexasThe film is currently being readied for its US premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (5-16 January). This follows a stunning red carpet moment at the Rome International Film Festival, where it also grabbed the Marc’Aurelio Alice Nella Città 13+ Award, the main award in the fest’s Alice in the City competition, and the Montreal World Film Festival where it won the Silver Zenith Award.

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Published on Monday 9 January 2012

Another Flanders Five at Palm Springs

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (5-16 January), traditionally the place-to-be for any feature with Oscar ambitions, has for the second year in a row selected five Flemish directors for its line-up. This year’s selected films are Bavo Defurne’s North Sea Texas, Geoffrey Enthoven’s Come As You Are, Nicolas Provost’s The Invader, Michaël R Roskam’s Bullhead and Christophe Van Rompaey’s Lena. John Shanks’s Last Winter, a co-production with Flanders, will also screen at Palm Springs.

Still from Christophe Van Rompaey's LenaLast year saw the selection of a record-breaking five Flemish features for Palm Springs. The selected films were part of a mini-focus – ‘the Flanders Five’ – that put the spotlight on the wave of Flemish talent and the diversity of films from Flanders. For its 2012 edition, Palm Springs has once again selected five Flemish directors.

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Published on Tuesday 20 December 2011

Rome in love with North Sea Texas

Following its enthusiastic reception at the Rome International Film Festival, Bavo Defurne’s feature debut North Sea Texas has now also scored the fest's Marc’Aurelio Alice Nella Città 13+ Award. Decided by a 35-member strong jury of young festivalgoers, it is the main award in the Alice in the City competition. Both Defurne as well as the film's producer Yves Verbraeken were present in Rome to receive the award and the €10,000 prize money.

Bavo Defurne at the Rome Award CeremonyNews of the Rome Award is just one of the good tidings that came from the Italian capital. Italian distributor Atlantide Entertainment acquired theatrical and DVD rights to the title, while it was confirmed that UK distribution rights were sold to Pecadillo Pictures. International sales agent Wavelength Pictures is also in talks with distributors in other territories.

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Published on Saturday 5 November 2011

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