33rd selection for Kaïn

Kristof Hoornaert’s Kaïn keeps on travelling the world. In April the film will be shown in Uruguay, where has been selected for the XXIX International Film Festival (18-30 April). This makes it a remarkable 33 festival invitations for the short so far. Kaïn started its career at the 2008 Berlinale where it was shown in competition. It also won prizes for Best Director and Best Short Film at Bueu International Short Film Festival and Patras City International Film Festival respectively.

Still from KaïnThe XXIX International Film Festival of Uruguay will take place from 18-30 April and is set in the city of Montevideo. This festival presents films of merit which might not otherwise be shown in the region. The festival has four sections. Kaïn will be shown in the International Full Length Films and Short Show.

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Published on Thursday 24 March 2011

Marieke, Marieke to Vilnius and Prague

Sophie Schoukens’ debut feature Marieke, Marieke will be competing in the New Europe Competition at the 18th International Film Festival in Prague (Febiofest, 24 March-1 April). In what's turning out to be something of a bumper month for the film, Marieke, Marieke will also be shown in the Horizons programme of the 16th Vilnius International Filmfestival (17-31 March).

Jan Decleir in Marieke, Marieke‘The film combines simplicity with empathy and it belongs to the works by contemporary young Flemish female directors, who, in their films, focus on intimate portraits of the lives of female characters’, say officials on the Febiofest website, going on to compare Schoukens' work to that of other female directors from Flanders such as Caroline Strubbe (Lost Persons Area) and Fien Troch (Someone Else’s HappinessUnspoken).

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Published on Thursday 24 March 2011

Grande Hotel selected for Hot Docs competition

Grande Hotel, the documentary by Lotte Stoops which debuted at this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam, has been selected for Toronto’s Hot Docs (28 April-8 May). Klaas Boelen’s Waidmannsheil has also been selected for the festival's ‘Workers of the World’ programme, where it will be reciiving its world premiere. The largest documentary festival in North America, Hot Docs is considered one of the world’s most prestigious documentary festivals together with its European peer, Amsterdam’s IDFA.

still from Grande HotelGrande Hotel will be screened in the Hot Docs International Spectrum section and therefore takes part in the official competition of the festival. The documentary is also in the running to take home the Audience Award. To top off the good news, Grande Hotel is also to be released in the Netherlands where it will open on 12 May through Mokum Distribution.

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Published on Wednesday 23 March 2011

Monte Carlo nominates Missing Persons Unit and Duts

Flemish TV series Missing Persons Unit and Duts have each received six nominations at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival (6-10 June). The awards will be handed out on the last day of the festival.

still from missing persons unitThe Monte Carlo International Television Festival has two distinct categories for television series: Drama TV series and Comedy TV series. Missing Persons Unit is nominated in the drama section. In this category it will compete against numerous prominent international television series, such as The Tudors, Dexter and Mad Men. The Flemish series has been nominated in all four subcategories: Outstanding Actor (Koen De Bouw and Kevin Janssens), Outstanding Actress (Joke Devynck and Katelijne Verbeke), Outstanding European Producer and Outstanding International Producer (Philippe De Schepper).

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Published on Wednesday 23 March 2011

Disorient opens Courtisane fest

This year's Courtisane Festival Ghent (30 March- 3 April) opens with the presentation of the new expanded performance version of Disorient by Florence Aigner and Laurent Van Lancker (Surya). This new live version is a collaboration with Sébastien Koeppel and Laszlo Umbreit. The film will also be screened in competition.

still from DisorientDisorient is a documentary consisting of different tales of migrants who returned to their home countries after having spent many years abroad.  

Courtisane showcases film, video and media art and prides itself on its mix of adventure and reflection, resulting in a mosaic of styles and media. Courtisane praises Disorient for 'moulding the polyphony of tales in a minimalist, impressionistic form'.

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Published on Wednesday 23 March 2011

Magnet takes on Land of the Heroes

Sahim Omar Kalifa's Land of the Heroes, which won the Generation Kplus Jury Award at this year's Berlinale, has been picked up by Berlin-based sales agent Magnet Films. The deal with the worldwide distributor was announced by the film's producer, a team productions.

Still from Land of the HeroesKalifa portrays the life of Iraqi children and their families during a period of constant war and propaganda. According to the Berlinale jury, the film tells 'a compact and exciting story about the absurdity of a society where violence and oppression dominate by surprising twists and strong images'.

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Published on Monday 21 March 2011

Flemish animation in Annecy

Three animation films from Flanders have been selected for this year's Annecy International Animation Festival (6-11 June). Toon Loenders' BiodiversityDe volgende (The Next One) by Barbara Raedschelders and Dutch-Belgian The Monster of Nix by Rosto, have each been selected for the Shorts Competition, The Advertising Films programme and the Graduation Films section respectively.

Annecy 2011Biodiversity by Toon Loenders has been selected for the Advertising Films section, where it will be competing against 20 other titles from all over the world. Biodiversityis part of a broader EU campaign – 'We are all in this together' to – which aims to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity in the natural world.

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Published on Monday 21 March 2011

Blue Meridian takes off at It's All True

Blue Meridian, the feature-length documentary by Sofie Benoot (Fronterismo) is to get its international premiere at this year's 16th It's All True International Documentary Film Festival in Brazil (31 March-10 April). The film has been selected for the International Competition of the fest where it is competing against 11 other titles. After its premiere, it will go on to the Buenos Aires Festival International De Cine Independiente (BAFICI: 6-17 April) and the Visions du Réel docs fair. In Belgium, Blue Meridian will debut at the Courtisane Festival in Ghent (30 March-3 April).

Blue MeridianThe It's All True festival describes Blue Meridian: 'Travelling through the south of the USA, the Belgian filmmaker investigates the new identity of a world power confronted by disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the world economic crisis.' The documentary road movie has been selected for the International Feature and Medium-Length Competition Program where 12 renowned documentaries will be screened, presenting several award-winning films. At a project stage, Blue Meridian won the FIDlab Award in Marseille.

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Published on Monday 21 March 2011

Al Jazeera covers Bullhead's London screening

Michael R Roskam’s debut feature Bullhead is to have a special London screening on Monday 21 March. The presentation is followed by an interview for The Fabulous Picture Show, Al Jazeera’s English-language TV show on film hosted by Amanda Palmer.

Matthias Schoenaerts in BullheadBullhead recently proved itself to be both a critical and box office success. Since its February release in its home territory, the film has attracted well over 350,000 cinemagoers in Flanders and Brussels, Belgium. At this year's Berlinale, where it premiered in the Panorama Special programme, the film was considered to be among the fest's few highlights.

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Published on Friday 18 March 2011

Everybody Famous! gets Bollywood makeover

Dominique Deruddere’s Oscar-nominated feature Everybody Famous! is to get a Bollywood remake. Amitabh ‘Big B’ Bachchan is to star in the Sunil Pandey-directed Hindi makeover.

Eva Van der Gucht in Everybody FamousProduced in 2001, Everybody Famous tells the story of 17-year-old Marva who is a regular at singing contests which she unfortunately always loses. However, her father Jean dreams of a showbiz career for his daughter. Until he gets laid off. By way of revenge, he decides to kidnap Debbie, the country’s number-one singer.

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Published on Friday 11 March 2011

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