Belgium sends Roskam's Racer and the Jailbird to Oscars

Michaël R Roskam's third feature Racer and the Jailbird, starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos, is this year's official Foreign Language Academy Award entry for Belgium, it was decided today by the country's Oscar® committee. Racer and the Jailbird is to get its world première in Venice and Toronto. Back in 2012, Roskam's feature debut Bullhead also got nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar.

Racer and the JailbirdIn Racer and the Jailbird, it’s love at first sight at a racing circuit when gangster Gino (‘Gigi’) meets Benedicte (‘Bibi'), a wealthy and fearless racing driver. Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi fight for their love against fate, but also against reason and their own weaknesses. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?

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Published on Friday 25 August 2017

Fien Troch’s Home shortlisted for the European Film Awards

Fien Troch’s fourth feature Home is on the shortlist for the European Film Awards in the category Feature Film. The nominees will be announced on 4 November in Seville and the winners revealed at the awards ceremony in Berlin on 9 December.

HomeHome is Fien Troch’s fourth feature, after Kid, Unspoken, and Someone Else’s HappinessHome had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016, where it won the Orrizonti Award for Best Director. Home was selected for festivals in Toronto, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Bogotá and Lisbon.

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Published on Tuesday 22 August 2017

Racer and the Jailbird in Toronto

After its world premiere in Venice, Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird has been invited to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 7-17 September). Roskam’s third feature will be part of the Special Presentations programme at TIFF.

Racer and the JailbirdBelgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) play the lead roles in this dark romantic tragedy set against the backdrop of Belgium’s crime underworld. Racer and the Jailbird will be in Belgian cinemas from 4 October.

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Published on Wednesday 16 August 2017

Racer and the Jailbird invited to the Venice Film Festival

Michaël R. Roskam’s third feature Racer and the Jailbird is part of the Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, 30 August–9 September). After premiering in Venice, the film will be in Belgian cinemas in October.

Racer and the JailbirdRacer and the Jailbird is Roskam’s third feature, after the internationally acclaimed Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011) and his American debut The Drop (2014).

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Published on Thursday 27 July 2017

Cargo invited to San Sebastian International Film Festival

Gilles Coulier’s debut feature will compete in the New Directors programme, an international competition for first and second feature films, at the 65th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

GenB Cargo is a story about how desperation can bring a family to the edge of destruction. The film marks the debut feature of VAF Wildcard winner Coulier, who previously directed shorts such as Iceland (2009), Paroles (2010) and Mont Blanc (2013).

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Published on Wednesday 19 July 2017

Generation B. selected for South Korean BIFAN Festival

Pieter Van Hees’s absurdist comedy series Generation B. has been selected for the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), the South Korean festival for sci-fi, fantasy and horror which runs from 15-18 July.

GenBGeneration B. is a six-episode absurdist comedy series set during an economic crisis. The story follows six young people trying to survive in the apocalyptic metropolis that is Brussels. The series was directed by Pieter Van Hees, known for films and series such as Waste Land, Left Bank, and Highway of Love. The script was written by Van Hees and Joost Vandecasteele.

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Published on Monday 17 July 2017

Erwin Provoost named next CEO of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Erwin Provoost is to become the next CEO of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), it was announced by the organisation's Board. Provoost will succeed Pierre Drouot, who was appointed CEO in 2005.

Erwin ProvoostIn the early 1980s he created his own company, Multimedia (later MMG), which shook up the dormant Flemish film scene with movies such as Brussels by Night (1983), Istanbul (1985) and Crazy Love (1987). Besides winning artistic acclaim, Provoost was also responsible for some of the highest grossing domestic hits in Belgium.

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Published on Tuesday 4 July 2017

King of the Belgians nominated for Lux Film Prize

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth's fourth feature King of the Belgians, is nominated for the LUX Film Prize Competition, a yearly initiative organised by the European Parliament. All 10 films in the Official Selection have been carefully selected to provide a comprehensive panorama of the best current European cinema.

King of the BelgiansA panel of 21 European film professionals will further select three finalists among the 10 nominees, which will be announced on July 25th. During the LUX Film Days, the three remaining features will be screened in over 40 cities in the 28 member states of the European Union. Mid-November, members of Parliament will vote for the winner of the LUX Prize 2017.

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Published on Sunday 2 July 2017

Pieter Van Hees to direct season finale of Canal+ series Versailles

Belgian director Pieter Van Hees (Waste Land) is to direct the final three episodes of the third season of Versailles, a Canal+ period drama depicting the turbulent early reign of the Sun King.

Pieter Van Hees (c)Toon Aerts/De MensenVersailles tells the story of the all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, who decides to build the greatest palace in the world at Versailles. But the presence of a mysterious prisoner whose face is hidden behind an iron mask looms in the background and threatens to destroy everything Louis has been trying to achieve.

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Published on Friday 30 June 2017

CONNeXT confirms the first 15

The initial 15 titles are confirmed for the second outing of Flemish invitation-only networking event CONNeXT (formerly NeXT). The event, whose slogan is ‘Connect to what’s new and who’s next’, will run over an intense and hospitable three-and-a-half days of networking, pitching, screenings and keynote talks due to be held in Ghent from 8-11 October.

CONNeXT 17The latest completed Flemish films - plus (new in 2017) a selection of TV series - will be screened, while a selection of projects at various stages from development to post-production will be pitched to top professionals, including sales agents from Europe and North America and programmers from festivals such as Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Tribeca, Toronto and SXSW.

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Published on Friday 19 May 2017

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