Silent Wilderness premiers at IDFA

Matthijs Vleugels’s documentary feature Silent Wilderness is to have its world premiere at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival, which runs until November 27. Also at IDFA, Ben Asamoah’s new project Sakawa has been selected for Forum, the festival’s co-production platform.

Silent WildernessScreening as part of the Panorama section, Silent Wilderness explores the emotional pain of a couple whose adopted Korean son went missing in the woods of Hungary 13 years ago. Producer of the film is Peter Krüger of Inti Films, who is also attending IDFA’s Forum to present Sakawa.

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Published on Thursday 17 November 2016

Home and King of the Belgians invited to Les Arcs

Fien Troch’s Home has been selected for the Official Competition at the European Film Festival in Les Arcs (10-17 December). In addition, King of the Belgians, directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, celebrates its 10th festival selection as part of the Playtime programme. The line-up also includes Layla M., a co-production with Flanders.

HomeHome is one of 10 European features in Official Competition in Les Arcs vying for the Crystal Arrow, the main prize. Last year, Troch’s film was chosen for the festival’s Works-in-Progress sessions. Les Arcs’ Playtime section, which explores what European entertainment has to offer, includes King of the Belgians, the new film from Brosens and Woodworth.

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Published on Wednesday 9 November 2016

Sum of Histories Scoops Silver Méliès

Lukas Bossuyt’s debut feature Sum of Histories has won the Silver Méliès for Best European Fantastic Feature Film at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival in Italy. Moonwalkers, a co-production with Flanders, took home the Audience Award.

Sum of HistoriesThe Jury praised Sum of Histories “for showing the compelling interlacement of the characters’ lives within the sci-fi trope of timeline alteration” and also praised the director for “providing an intriguing analysis of the latest discoveries in the field of quantum physics”.

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Published on Tuesday 8 November 2016

Land of the Enlightened scores EFA nomination

Pieter-Jan De Pue’s hybrid documentary The Land of the Enlightened is one of the nominees for Best European Documentary at this year’s European Film Awards. Another of the five contenders is A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert, which was co-produced with Flanders. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 10.

The Land of the EnlightenedThe European Film Academy (EFA) unveiled this year’s nominees on Sunday November 6 at the Seville European Film Festival. The Documentary category includes Pieter-Jan De Pue’s debut feature The Land of the Enlightened, a cinematic journey into the beauty of war-torn Afghanistan where Kuchi children wage their own mini-wars.

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Published on Monday 7 November 2016

Prime Minister reigns local box office

Erik Van Looy's new action thriller The Prime Minister registered close to 130,000 admissions in its first week, making it the number-one film at the local box office. This week the film also gets its market premiere at this year's American Film Market (AFM) where The Works International is handling worldwide sales.

The Prime MinisterOn his way to a summit meeting in Brussels, the car of the Belgian Prime Minister is hijacked, his driver killed and the Prime Minister kidnapped. He is released on one unthinkable condition...

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Published on Thursday 3 November 2016

Triple triumph for Troch's Home at Ghent

Fien Troch's Home grabbed three awards at this year's Film Fest Gent. The film took home the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music, as well as the Port of Ghent and Canvas Audience Awards. The Discovery Jury, consisting of youngsters that follow a special route through the Fest programme, also gave the film a special mention.

HomeHome, which premiered in Toronto and Venice, focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults who surround them. The film stars Sebastian Van Dun, Mistral Guidotti, Loïc Batog, Lena Suijkerbuijk, Karlijn Sileghem, and Els Deceukelier.

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Published on Thursday 3 November 2016

The Ardennes wins big at Ensor Awards

Robin Pront’s The Ardennes, this year’s Foreign Language Academy Award® entry for Belgium, grabbed seven kudos, including Best Picture, at this year’s Ensors, the local Oscar equivalents.

The ArdennesBesides Best Picture, The Ardennes also won Best Screenplay (for Jeroen Perceval and Robin Pront), Best Actor (Kevin Janssens), Best Supporting Actor (Jan Bijvoet), Best Photography (Robrecht Heyvaert), Best Costumes (Catherine Van Bree) and Best Art Direction (Geert Paredis). The film also took home the much coveted Industry Award.

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Published on Monday 19 September 2016

King of the Belgians, Black and Safety First head for Hamburg

Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s King of the Belgians, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s Black and Tim Van Aelst’s Safety Firsthave been invited to the Hamburg Film Fest, which runs from 29 September till 8 October. Two co-productions, Phantom Boy and Dark Diamond, complete the Flemish part of the line-up.

Safety FirstSafety First competes in Hamburg’s Eurovisuell competition, a selection of box-office hits and audience favourites from all over the continent. The comedy follows four security guards doing their job at a world-famous dance festival. While there, Luc discovers Dirk’s long-kept secret…

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Published on Friday 16 September 2016

Fien Troch’s Home Wins Best Director in Venice

Home by Fien Troch has won the Orizzonti Award for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, which came to a close on September 10.

HomeHome focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults who surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off worlds. The film was one of 18 features screening in the Orizzonti Competition in Venice and was handed the award for Best Director by the Orizzonti jury.

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Published on Saturday 10 September 2016

Global Screen Picks Up Sahim Omar Kalifa’s Zagros

Global Screen has picked up world-wide distribution rights to gripping cross-culture drama Zagros, the latest production from Belgium's A Private View (Oxygen, Moscow, Belgium).

ZagrosWhile Zagros, a young Kurd, is herding his sheep in the mountains, his pregnant wife Havin is accused of infidelity by her in-laws. In a culture where that is as good as a death sentence, she flees to Belgium together with her nine-year-old daughter Rayhan. Convinced of her innocence, Zagros smuggles himself to the West to join them.

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Published on Friday 9 September 2016

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