Four Roses makes Dutch debut

Kris De Meester’s no/low-budget feature Four Roses is to receive a premiere screening in The Netherlands on 14 April at Amsterdam’s De Melkweg theatre. The selection of Four Roses recently for the Memphis International Film Festival in the US also marked the film’s 15th festival selection. In addition to festival invitations, it also grabbed several awards at indie film fests such as the Atlanta Underground Film Fest, the Radar Hamburg Independent Film Festival and the Cannes Independent Film Festival.

still from Four RosesIn Four Roses, 12 very different people in six hotel rooms share hilarious, intimate and unforgettable moments. Jack has invited Ivana, a hooker, to his room. He doesn’t want sex, only to talk. Ivana doesn’t trust him. Stand-up comedian Ira Levi agreed to an interview by Serge Beaufort, a Belgian reporter. Serge's English is terrible, which irritates Ira. At one point, Ira’s convinced Serge doesn’t understand a word he's saying. Two Brazilian lovebirds, Felipe and Lubke, are living day by day, from one dive to another. Felipe wants to sleep. Lubke wants to play.

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Published on Thursday 10 March 2011

Monster! marathon at Brussels Int’l Fantasy Fest

Monster! by Stef Lernous and Jonas Govaerts is scheduled for a marathon viewing at this year’s 29th Brussels International Fantasy Film Festival (7-19 April). The six-episode series will screen in a three-hour session on Saturday 16 April for a select festival audience.

Still from the TV-seriesMonster! is a horribly funny sitcom in six parts about an overambitious film director who manages to churn out ‘masterpiece’ after ‘masterpiece’ despite a chronic lack of means. The main character is Ad-Harry Shredder, a self-declared genius filmmaker who constantly struggles to separate reality from fiction. His ambition is only equaled by his inflated ego, but his limited talent and means do not stop him from shooting a new movie every week.

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Published on Thursday 10 March 2011

Karla’s Arrival debuts at Prague’s One World fest

Karla’s Arrival by Koen Suidgeest is to receive its world premiere at this year’s One World Human Rights Festival (8-17 March) in Prague. The feature-length documentary has been selected for the fest’s Main Competition where it is in the running for the Grand Jury’s Best Film and Best Director honours. Other festivals already scheduled are the Docudays in Kiev (Ukraine) and the Latin American Festival in Utrecht (The Netherlands).

Still from Karla's ArrivalKarla's Arrival is a powerful documentary which explores the universal issue of second-generation street children. The film follows teenage mother Sujeylin Aguilar and her newborn baby Karla who live as part of a group of kids in a small park in Managua, Nicaragua, as they struggle through the first year of the child’s life. During this period, the young mother makes three attempts to find a stable life for the sake of her child, while embarking on a personal journey towards adulthood. Karla's Arrival is a powerful documentary which explores the universal issue of second-generation street children.

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Published on Wednesday 9 March 2011

Docu Antwerp Central selected for International Festival of films on Art

Antwerp Central, a creative documentary by Peter Krüger, is to receive its world premiere as part of the International Competition at this year’s 29th International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal (17-27 March). The film, which the fest describes as ‘a historical, mildly ironic and contemplative look at the Central Station in Antwerp’, will be competing with 36 other films from 12 different countries.

Still from the documentaryIn Antwerp Central, the director takes the viewer on a journey through the physical and mental space of Antwerp’s railway cathedral, from its construction to the present day. Drawing inspiration from the book Austerlitz by WG Sebald, screenwriter/director Peter Krüger approaches Antwerp Central Railway Station as a magical realistic location where present and past, history and daily life, fiction and reality are in constant flux. Antwerp Central is a film in which visual observations occasion historical, humoristic and poetic reflections on Antwerp’s railway cathedral.

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Published on Wednesday 9 March 2011

Code 37 serial to get US make-over and big screen treatment

Code 37, the award-winning Flemish cop serial in which a ragtag vice squad led by a young female chief clears up the city's most unpleasant and harrowing crimes, is to receive a North American make-over. In addition to prepping a third series, production company Menuet will also soon start production on the series' big-screen adaptation.

Code 37 The news about the North American remake was announced by Menuet and Delphis Films, which recently started handling worldwide sales. In the meantime, the series has been picked up for France. In Flanders, where it has been running on VTM since 2009, Code 37 regularly reaches a 44% market share.

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Published on Tuesday 8 March 2011

MipTV launch for Primitives sales outfit

Flemish indie TV production houses Woestijnvis, deMensen and De Filistijnen Productions are launching a joint international sales outfit, The New Flemish Primitives. Former Fremantle topper Sue Green will head the new structure which will have its first international outing at MipTV this year.

Still From The IsleAs well as content from its three founding partners, The New Flemish Primitives will keep its catalogue open for material from other players in Flanders. Talks with interested parties are expected to start soon. Together, the three already have an impressive catalogue on offer.

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Published on Monday 7 March 2011

CAM St Louis listens to Manon de Boer

For her first major solo exhibition in the United States, acclaimed Brussels-based artist Manon de Boer is asking visitors to St Louis' Contemporary Arts Museum to listen as they watch uniquely crafted films that are defined by sound. The expo, which runs until 1 May 2011, is curated by Laura Fried, associate curator, and João Ribas, curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge.

Still from Two Times 4’33”In an ambitious installation conceived specially for CAM’s galleries, the artist presents four key works that address her attention to the structures of music, orchestrating her films so that each portrait amplifies the connection between image and sound, performer and audience – asking us to revisit the process of looking and listening through the artist’s singular interrogation of cinema.

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Published on Monday 7 March 2011

Santa makes Magic in Lyon

Antti Haikala's 3D animated family adventure Santa's Magic Crystal is to receive a special presentation at this week's Cartoon Movie in Lyon. Set for a December 2011 theatrical roll-out, the feature is a collaboration between studios in Finland and Belgium. TF1 International recently acquired world rights.

Santa's Magic Crystal
In the film, Santa's evil twin brother Basil develops a diabolical plan: to steal the magic crystal that allows Santa to distribute presents to children and bring happiness to families all over the world. Currently in post-production, the €5.7 million project will hit the big screens for Christmas.

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Published on Thursday 3 March 2011

Lost Down Memory Lane breaks Flemish docu record

Lost Down Memory Lane, the feature-length documentary by Klara Van Es, has now registered more than 20,000 admissions on its home turf, breaking the record for a Flemish documentary. The film has been going strong ever since its release at the end of last year.

Lost Down Memory LaneFor her documentary debut, Van Es followed the residents of ‘De Bijster’, a centre in the north of the Antwerp province which specialises in the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease. The result is a captivating documentary which illustrates clearly what Alzheimer's does to a patient and how the disease progresses.

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Published on Wednesday 2 March 2011

22nd of May, Turquaze and Cat to Hong Kong

Koen Mortier’s 22nd of May and Kadir Balci’s Turquaze have been invited to this year’s 35th edition of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (20 March-5 April). Both films will screen in the World Cinema programme. Also selected is the animated feature A Cat in Paris by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, which is to have a gala premiere at Hong Kong.

Still from TurquazeKadir Balci’s Turquaze had its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival, and also toured other fests such as Hamburg and Palm Springs. Producer is Dirk Impens for Menuet. International sales are handled by Delphis Films. The festival describes Turquaze as “Realistic yet warm, tense yet romantic, this is a fresh and uplifting spin on the modern issue of multiculturalism”.

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Published on Wednesday 2 March 2011

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