Asian premiere for Sum of Histories and The Land of the Enlightened

Sum of Histories, directed by Lukas Bossuyt, and Pieter-Jan De Pue’s The Land of the Enlightened both received their Asian premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, which ended on 4 April. The programme also included four co-productions with Flanders: Schneider vs Bax, The White Knights, Les Cowboys and the short film Splintertime. Finally, Flemish actor Jan Bijvoet was also featured in Embrace of the Serpent, in which he plays one of the main roles.

Sum of HistoriesLukas Bossuyt’s directorial debut Sum of Histories received its Asian premiere at the Hong Kong Film Festival after premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival last summer. It is 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.

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Published on Thursday 31 March 2016

Cleveland takes four from Flanders

The Ardennes, Brother, Paradise Trips and Café Derby have all been selected for the International Film Festival in Cleveland (30 March-10 April). The Flemish quartet will appear in the World Tour section, which introduces a variety of international hits from more than 70 countries. Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, a co-production with Flanders, is also included in the programme.

The ArdennesFollowing recent announcements that The Ardennes will be theatrically released in the US, Robin Pront’s debut feature gets a test-run in front of an American audience during the International Film Festival of Cleveland.

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Published on Tuesday 8 March 2016

Swedish platform for Black and The Ardennes

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Black, the second feature by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, are both heading north for the Göteborg Film Festival at the end of January. The programme contains another five co-productions with Flanders, while local talents Matthias Schoenaerts and Jan Bijvoet appear in foreign films at the Festival.

The ArdennesThe Ardennes, Pront’s ‘Flemish thriller noir’ about two brothers on the wrong track, will be presented in the New Voices programme in Göteborg, a section of 30 films from up-and-coming international directors. El Arbi and Fallah’s contemporary Romeo & Juliet story Black is part of the Five Continents section.

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Published on Tuesday 19 January 2016

Lucifer and Empire invited to BFI London Film Festival

Gust Van den Berghe's Lucifer and Kristof Hoornaert's short Empire are both invites to the 59th edition of the BFI London Film Festival (7 – 18 October). Four co-productions with Flanders - Couple in a Hole, Les cowboys, Schneider vs. Bax and The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) - also made it to the final selection.

Still EmpireLucifer is Gust Van den Berghe's third feature and the final installment to his tryptic  to which Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue bird also belong. On his downfall from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer passes through the earthly paradise, a village in Mexico, where elderly Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live. Lupita's brother Emanuel pretends he's paralyzed so he can drink and gamble while the two women tend to the sheep. Lucifer senses an opportunity and plays the miraculous healer. He forces Emanuel to walk again, seduces Maria and makes Lupita doubt about her faith. He didn't bring bad luck, he only illuminated the line between good and evil, where it didn't exist before.

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Published on Tuesday 1 September 2015

Toronto adds The Ardennes and Black to its line-up

Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes and Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah’s second feature Black are to receive their world premieres as part of the ‘Discovery’ strand at this year’s 40th Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September). The animated short Paradise as well as five co-productions with Flanders also made it into the final selection. Finally there’s also the omni-presence of Flemish heartthrob Matthias Schoenaerts.

Toronto International Film Fest (TIFF)The Ardennes (D’Ardennen) is Robin Pront’s feature debut, starring Jeroen Perceval (Borgman, Bullhead), Kevin Janssens (Storm Force) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown). It’s the story of two brothers. When a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong, Dave manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, his brother is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is witnessing how his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. After Toronto the film is also set to open the Film Fest Ghent in October.

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Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Waste Land and Paradise Trips lead Ensor noms

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)).

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Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Two co-productions with Flanders invited to Locarno

Schneider vs. Bax, the new feature film from Alex van Warmerdam, has been selected for the International Competition at the Locarno Film Festival (5-15 August). Starring Flemish actor Tom Dewispelaere, the film was co-produced with Flanders. Another co-production, Keeper, directed by Guillaume Senez, is to screen in the ‘first films’ competition.

Schneider vs BaxComing after BorgmanThe Last Days of Emma BlankWaiter and others, Schneider vs. Bax is van Warmerdam’s ninth feature and revolves around hit man Schneider. On the morning of his birthday he’s offered a rush job: to liquidate writer Ramon Bax. Schneider reluctantly accepts, only to discover that the apparently simple job is more complex than he expected.

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Published on Friday 17 July 2015

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