Provost Retakes at Clermont-Ferrand

This year's 23rd Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (4-12 February 2011) pays tribute to Nicolas Provost. In addition to two of his shorts, Stardust and Storyteller, being presented in the Labo competition, the fest is also screening eight of his earlier works.

StardustIn Nicolas Provost Retakes, Clermont-Ferrand presents eight early works by this versatile filmmaker and artist. The programme contains BatailleExoticoreGravityLong Live the New Flesh, Oh DearPapillon d'amourPlot Point and Suspension.

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Published on Monday 7 February 2011

Flanders shorts at Clermont-Ferrand

As well as celebrating the works of filmmaker and visual artist Nicolas Provost, this year's Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (4-12 February) also has other Flemish (co-)productions on offer.

Na WéwéA Gentle Creature by Marc James Roels is part of the special Science Friction programme.Two remarkable shorts are co-productions: The 7 Brothers by Kaj and Paul Driessen (with The Netherlands) and the Oscar-nominated Na wewe by Ivan Goldschmidt (with Burundi).

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Published on Monday 7 February 2011

Kid wins Eurimages award at Cinemart

Fien Troch’s new feature film project Kid has won the inaugural Eurimages development award at this year’s Cinemart, the international co-production and financing platform at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film, which was among the 33 feature projects selected for this year’s edition, will be produced by Antonino Lombardo for his Brussels-based production outfit Prime Time.

Still from Unspoken (c) Prime TimeKid will be Troch’s third feature, following Someone Else’s Happiness and Unspoken. It’s about a happy seven-year-old who feels safe and loved by his mother who faces the challenges of single parenthood. When she dies, Kid has to face the fears and anxieties of this world. Little by little he starts alienating the people around him, all the while harbouring hopes of finding his mother.

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Published on Thursday 3 February 2011

Provost takes Tiger in Rotterdam

Nicolas Provost’s Stardust has won one of the three Tiger Awards for Best Short at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The 20-minute film is the last one in which the late Dennis Hopper can be seen.

Dennis Hopper in Stardust

Stardust, which received its world premiere at Venice last year, is the second part of the Plot Point trilogy in which Provost investigates the boundaries of fiction and reality by filming everyday life with a hidden camera, and turning this reality into a fiction film by using cinematic and narrative codes from the Hollywood film language.

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Published on Tuesday 1 February 2011

Siemiany wins Arte Prize in Angers

Philip James McGoldrick's short Siemiany won the Arte Prize at this year's 23rd Premiers Plans Angers European Film Festival, making it the 11th kudo the film was awarded with since its world première at last year's Berlinale.

SiemianyThe short is the debut of Brussels-based Philip James McGoldrick. Apart from directing the short, he also wrote the story and co-produced the film with a.o. Ben Vandendaele, Sieber Marly and Simon Van Laar. Since its world première screening at last year's Berlinale's Generation 14+ programme, Siemiany toured well over 40 fests around the globe.

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Published on Tuesday 1 February 2011

Flemish presence at Berlinale stronger than ever

This year’s Berlinale will be marked with a strong presence of Flemish productions and co-productions. Besides Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead, selected for the Panorama, Flanders Image will also be promoting a number of other titles that either are shown in one of the Festival programmes or at the European Film Market (EFM).

BullheadBullhead is Michaël R. Roskam’s feature film debut. In the film, young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious Western Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a policeman and a confrontation with a secret from his past set in motion a chain of tragic events.

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Published on Monday 31 January 2011

Grande Hotel opens in Rotterdam

Lotte Stoops' feature-length documentary Grande Hotel is to receive its world première at this year’s 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam (26 January-6 February).

Grande HotelDescribed as ‘a journey through present and past of a city in a city’, the film features in the Bright Future programme in which Rotterdam presents debut or second feature films. The selection as a whole, which encompasses a range of subjects and forms, demonstrates filmmakers’ unflagging faith in the possibilities offered by film as a means of expression.

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Published on Monday 31 January 2011

Provost double bill at Clermont Shorts Fest

Two shorts by Nicholas Provost - Storyteller and Stardust – are selected for this year’s International Short Film Festival of Clermont-Ferrand (4-12 Febr). Both titles are competing in the Fest’s Lab programme, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Clermont-Ferrand’s Lab is the right prescription for visual addicts, presenting works by artists dangerously in love with images and sounds.

StardustStardust is a 20-minute short and the second part of a trilogy. Provost uses a hidden camera to film everyday life – in Plot Point he took his camera to Times Square, while Stardust is set in Las Vegas. The gambling capital of the world is a great setting to let the regular life evolve into an exuberating crime story. The third part of this trilogy – still in production - is shot in Tokyo and portrays a dark journey of a fictitious serial killer.

In Storyteller the director creates a reminiscent of science fiction by using found footage of the city of Las Vegas. Visual arts and cinematography are intertwined by the manipulation of time, codes and forms.

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Published on Monday 31 January 2011

A Cat in Berlin

A Cat in Paris, the animated film by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, has been selected for this year’s Berlinale’s Generation K+ programme. The film is among the 12 titles competing for the Chrystal Bear for Best Feature.

A Cat in ParisA Cat in Paris presents the story of a cat with a double life. By day, Dino is the beloved pet of a lonely girl, Zoe, whose police officer mother Jeanne works punishing hours and whose father was gunned down by gangsters. By night, Dino takes to the rooftops of Paris with Nico, a professional burglar.

As the title might hint, A Cat In Paris is a French production but it's one with a strong Flemish involvement. Producer Annemie Degryse of Lunamine was aboard from the outset. She recruited Samyn and Vermeersch to join the team of animators at top French animation studio Folimage, in Bourg-lès-Valence.

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Published on Monday 31 January 2011

Anna Franziska Jaeger Best Actress at Cinoche

Anna Franziska Jaeger, the young actress who plays the title role in Dorothée van den Berghe's My Queen Karo has won the Alcoa Prize for Best Actress Award at this year's 23rd Cinoche Festival of International Cinema of Baie-Comeau (14-23 January) in Québec, Canada.

Anna Franziska Jaeger in My Queen KaroMy Queen Karo was among the 30 features competing at the Festival. Jaeger plays the role of 10-year-old Karo who grows up with her parents in an Amsterdam commune in the 70s. As an only child, she leads a carefree existence in this utopia-for-adults. The mandate says that everything is to be shared in the squat, but soon not everyone is able to honour these ideals.

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Published on Monday 31 January 2011

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