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Stijn Coninx' MarinaCalabria, 1948. Salvatore Granata has to leave Italy for a job as a coalminer in Belgium. Struggling to adapt to his new home, his spirited 10-year-old son Rocco starts doing what he does best: playing music.

Silver Tears

Silver TearsMorocco, 1939. Young peasant Sulayman is recruited against his will by the French army and sent to Europe at the beginning of World War II.

Of Not Such Great Importance

An offbeat comedy that explores life in the crack between leaving home and finding your place.


Marina scores twice in Italy

Marina has won Best Film at the Foggia Independent Film Festival in Italy (29 March–5 April). Stijn Conix’s film also won the Film Critics Prize. Italo-Belgian musician Rocco Granata, whose childhood inspired the story, was invited to the festival and surprised the audience with a brief performance after the awards.

MarinaSituated in Apulia in the South of Italy, the Foggia Independent Film Festival’s 13th edition featured a special focus on Southern Italian and Southern European cinema. Marina was partly filmed on location in the Foggia region.

Flemish duo in world premiere in Montreal

Marina, Stijn Coninx’s newest feature film, as well as Jan Verheyen’s courtroom thriller The Verdict, both produced by Belgian powerhouse Eyeworks, are to have their world premieres at the Montreal World Film Festival. While Marina is set to screen as part of the festival’s Official Selection in the prestigious World Greats programme, The Verdict has been added to the line-up of the Official Competition. Running from 22 August-2 September, the Montreal World Film Festival provides a firm basis for European and North American cinema to meet.

The VerdictThe Verdict, directed and scripted by Jan Verheyen (Crazy About YaDossier K.) tells the story of Luc Segers. With Marina, Stijn Coninx tells another story, based on the childhood memories of Italian-Belgian singer Rocco Granata.

Marina seduces Spanish student jury

Marina, Stijn Coninx’ newest feature film after previous hits as Soeur Sourire and Daens, has won the Prize of the Student Jury at the Valladolid International Film Festival (19-26 October). It’s the first time the prize is being awarded in the fest’s brand new youth section ‘Seminci Joven’. Also Bart Van den Bempt’s 82 Days in April had reason to celebrate in Spain, having received a Special Mention.

MarinaWith its Semicini Joven section, the Valladolid Film Fest wants to give a voice to young film lovers as they are the prime audience in cinemas but are often unaccounted for at festivals.

The Corridor wins Courtisane 2011

Sarah Vanagt’s The Corridor has won the Award for Best Belgian film at the 10th Courtisane Festival for Film, Video and Media Art (30 March-3 April). Vanagt had already won the Belgian competition at Courtisane in 2007 with her documentary First Elections.

The CorridorThe international jury, comprising Marina Kozul (Croatia), Adam Pugh (UK) and Vincent Meessen (Belgium), appreciated the film’s “proposal te re-evaluate the relationship between humans and animals on a political level… The film is courageous, too, for choosing to reveal its own process, and for its subsequent restraint: in speaking quietly, it achieves a clarity and depth which might in other hands have been lost.”

Bert Scholiers starts shooting his debut feature

Shooting on Bert Scholiers’s debut feature Charlie & Hannah’s Grand Night Out has started in Antwerp. The feature, which stars Evelien Bosmans and Daphne Wellens, is set to become one of the first Flemish ‘mumblecore’ comedies.

Charlie&HannahCharlie & Hannah’s Grand Night Out is an ode to the nonchalant, care-free life of young adults with too much time on their hands and not enough credit on their cell phones. It’s a film about lovers, work, sex, exes, studying and a lot of red wine - not to mention a deranged tale about getting lost at the North Pole, seduction in a black hole and escaping Satan.

Allez, Eddy! named Best International Youth Film in Brazil

Gert Embrechts’ feature debut Allez, Eddy! received the award for Best International Youth Film at the Mostra Internacional de Cinema which held its 37th edition in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 18-31 October. The award follows recent press reports that HBO has acquired the rights to Allez, Eddy! for its Latin American branch.

Allez, Eddy!Allez, Eddy! screened in the Youth Festival of the Sao Paulo Mostra, a division of the International Festival which aims to stimulate young people to participate in cultural events throughout the city.

Savage Film and Eyeworks Belgium join forces. Oscar nominated director Michael R. Roskam to become a partner in the company.

Flemish production companies Savage Film (producer of Oscar and César-nominated picture Bullhead) and Eyeworks Belgium (Ben X, The Verdict, Marina) are to join forces, with Eyeworks acquiring a minority stake in Savage Film. The two have been producing features (including Bullhead) and documentary films together since 2010.

Michael R RoskamBullhead director Michael R. Roskam (whose Fox Searchlight pic The Drop will get an international release in September) has also become a minority partner in the company.

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