Press 27 JUL 2017

Belgian films at the Venice Film Festival

The programme of the 74th Venice Film Festival was unveiled this Thursday featuring several Belgian productions and co-productions.

A mainly French-language Belgian film and three co-productions, both supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, and a self-produced short film, will be presented at the Venice Film Festival.

Above the law (Tueurs)  by François Troukens and Jean-François Hensgens will be premiered in the ‘Cinema nel Giardino’ section (official selection).

The feature film tells the story of Frank Valken, a high-flying armed robber, who has just carried out one last seamless major heist. At least that’s what he believes… As the ideal suspects, Valken and his gang find themselves caught up in a criminal case dating from thirty years earlier. It looks as if the mad killers are back…

The film features Olivier Gourmet, Lubna Azabal, Bouli Lanners, Natacha Régnier and Kevin Janssens, among others.

Produced by Versus production, Above the law (Tueurs) is also co-produced by Capture the Flag (FR), Savage Film (BE), Proximus and RTL-TVI, with the participation of Canal+ and Ciné+. It also received support from the VAF, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government, Inver Tax Shelter, and the European Commission – Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA, in association with Indéfilms 5. The film received support from Wallimage and It will be distributed in Belgium by O’Brother Distribution and in France by Rezo Films. TF1 Studio is in charge of international sales. Above the law (Tueurs) will be released in Belgium on 6 December 2017.

Hannah by Andrea Pallaoro, co-produced by Left Field Ventures, will be presented in the official competition.

Hannah is the intimate portrait of a woman’s loss of identity as she teeters between denial and reality. 

Left alone grappling with the consequences of her husband's imprisonment, Hannah begins to unravel. Through the exploration of her fractured sense of identity and loss of self-control, the film investigates modern-day alienation, the struggle to connect, and the dividing lines between individual identity, personal relationships, and societal pressures.

The film is produced by Partner Media Investment (IT), Good Fortune Films (FR), in association with Rai Cinema, Casa Kafka Pictures, Take Five, To Be Continued and Solo Five Production. Hannah has received support from Eurimages, Creative Europe and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government. It will be distributed in France by Jour2Fête. TF1 Studio is also in charge of international sales.

Co-produced by Tarantula, Nico, 1988, by Susanna Nicchiarelli, will open the ‘Orizzonti’ section.

A road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, aka “Nico”. One of Warhol’s muses, singer of the Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty, Nico lived a second life after the story known to all, when she began her career as a solo artist.  Her music is among the most original of the Seventies and Eighties, and has influenced much of the musical production that followed. The “priestess of darkness”, as she was called, found her true calling after age forty, when she shook off the weight of her beauty and rebuilt her relationship with her forgotten son. Nico, 1988 is the story of Nico’s last tour with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties. It is the story of a rebirth, an artist, a mother, the woman beyond the icon.

Produced by Vivo Film (IT) with Rai Cinema, the film is also co-produced with VOO and Be TV, with the support of Wallimage, Eurimages and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government - Casa Kafka Pictures empowered by Belfius. The film was developed with the support of the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme. Celluloid Dreams is in charge of international sales.

Co-produced by Frakas Productions, Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle), by Michaël R. Roskam, will be presented in the official selection, out of competition.

When Gino 'Gigi' meets Bénédicte 'Bibi' at the racetrack, it's love at first sight. But very soon fate pulls them apart. Fierce and loyal, Gigi and Bibi are forced to fight for their love against reason and their own weakness. But how far can endurance be stretched? How far can they go to try and save what may already be lost?

The film is produced by Savage Film (BE), in coproduction with Eyeworks (BE), Stone Angels (FR), Kaap Holland (NL), Submarine (NL) and RTBF, with the support of the VAF, Creative Europe, VOO and Be TV, Wallimage, Screen Flanders,, Eurimages, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government, in association with Wild Bunch, Paté France, Kinepolis Film Distribution, Telenet STAP, Canal+, Orange. The film will be released in Belgium on 4 October 2017 and in France in 1st November 2017.

The short film Himinn Opinn, self-produced par Clyde Gates, Gabriel Sanson, Scum Pictures and supported by Need Productions, will also be presented in the ‘Orizzonti’ section.

A fallen community struggles to survive on a remote island. A young woman seems to bear a strange disease that makes the vegetation and the animals perish. A lonely shepherd volunteers to escort her in the deserted lowlands to prevent her from contaminating the rest of the village.

The 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival will take place from 30 August to 9 September 2017.