Press 01 AUG 2017

"Let the corpses tan" goes to Toronto

During the press conference of Toronto International Film Festival held on 1st August, the selection of one French-speaking Belgian films and one coproduction, both supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, has been announced. 

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The announcements continue at the Toronto International Festival: on August 15th, two more Belgian films, as well as many co-productions, were announced

Let the corpses tan, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s third feature film, will be screened in Midnight Madness section as North American Premiere.

Just like Locarno, Toronto International Film Festival has already shown interest in the unparalleled cinema of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, who competed in 2013 with their previous film The strange coulours of your body’s tears, which, together with their first feature film Amer, rounds up a feminine-masculine giallo diptych about desire.

This is a change of scenery from Let the corpses tan, a free and loose adaptation of the eponymous 1971 novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid, which should delight the amateurs.

The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun....and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately, some surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield....Relentless and mind-blowing.

Cast: Elina Löwensohn, Stéphane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbé, Marine Sainsily, Hervé Sogne, Pierre Nisse, Aline Stevens, Dorylia Calmel, Dominique Troyes and Bamba Forzani Ndiaye.

Produced once again by the duo Eve Commenge - Anonymes Films (Belgium) - and François Cognard - Tobina Film (France) - the film received support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Canal+, Ciné+, BeTV, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, the Belgian Tax Shelter, Wallonia and the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, the Collectivité Territoriale de Corse and the Corsica Pôle Tournages, and the Pays de la Loire Region in partnership with the French National Centre for Cinema (CNC). Let the corpses tan is distributed internationally by Bac Films. It will be released on 18 October in France (Shellac Distribution). There is no date yet for the Belgian release.

InSyriated, by Philippe Van Leeuw, will be shown in Contemporary World Cinema section. 

Awarded the Audience Prize and the Europa Cinemas Label in last Berlinale, InSyriated has been in many festivals and continues its journey by travelling across the Atlantic.

Taken from the headlines, the film tells the story of a family in Syria: staying inside day and night, never going out, not even daring to look outside because it's too dangerous. This isn't a prison, it's daily life for a family in war-torn Damascus. They're just an ordinary family, doing what they can to stay alive, day-by-day. Their flat has become a kind of bunker. Everything revolves around making do with what little there is. Each day is about holding on for one more day.

InSyriated is produced by Altitude 100 Production (BE) and Liaison Cinématographique (FR), in co-production with Minds Meet (BE), Born in Beirut (Lebanon), Versus Production, VOO and Be TV. It has also been supported in Belgium by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government via Inver Tax Shelter and at European level by Eurimages. The film is distributed in Belgium by O'Brother Distribution, in France by KMBO, in Canada by MK2 Mile End and in USA by Film Movement. The film is sold internationally by Films Boutique. The film will be released on September 18th in UK and in Ireland.


Racer and the Jailbird, Michaël R. Roskam’s latest film starring, among others, Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos, will be screened in Special Presentation.

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 a Franco-Belgian co-production between Savage Film (BE) and Stone Angels (FR) in co-production with Pathé, Wild Bunch and co-produced by Eyeworks Film (BE), TV Drama, Frakas Productions (BE), Subla, RTBF, VOO and BeTV, with the participation of Canal+, Orange Cinéma Séries, Telenet - Stap, VTM, Kinepolis Films Distribution, with the support of the VAF, the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Screen Flanders, the Brussels Capital Region, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Europe Creative Program of the European Union and Eurimages.


Two international co-productions, also supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, will be featured alongside InSyriated, in Contemporary World Cinema section :


Good Favour, by Rebecca Daly, is co-produced by Wrong Men. Entirely shot in Belgium, on the Fourneau-Saint-Michel site and in the region, the film features many Belgian actors. The main role, Tom, is played by Vincent Romeo, born in Antwerp and living in Brussels. It’s his first role.

On a glaring, hot day Tom, 17, walks out of an immense forest into the lives of a strictly devout Christian community carving out a remote existence in central Europe. He seems to have come from nowhere. The only physical sign of his life before is the wound on his torso that refuses to heal.

The film is produced by Wrong Men and Savage Productions, in co-production with Final Cut For Real (DK) and Viking Films (NL). It was supported by the Film and Audiovisual Center of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Bord Scannan na Héireann, the Irish Film Board, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Danish Film Institute and Film Fyn, with the Belgian partners Wallimage, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance and Proximus. Visit Films is in charge of international sales.


Hannah by Andrea Pallaoro is co-produced by Left Field Ventures.

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 the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, 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.


Recently announced, the Platform section will present another film supported by the film fund : Razzia by Nabil Ayouch and co-produced by Artémis Productions. 

Morocco, from the past to the present. Five people who are connected to each other – Abdallah, Salima, Joe, Hakim, and Inès – without realizing it. Different faces, different struggles, but one same breath.

One city, Casablanca as a fragment of reality, as the myth of a film entirely shot in Hollywood studios, which reality has come back to claim.

The film is produced by Unité de Production, co-produced by Les Films du Nouveau Monde, Artémis Productions, Ali N’ Productions and Shelter Prod, in partnership with France 3 Cinéma, RTBF, VOO, Be TV, with the support of Eurimages, & ING, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, with the participation of France Télévisions, Canal+, OCS, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, in association with Films Distribution et Sofitvcine 4. Films Distribution is in charge of international sales.



Some more Belgium co-productions will also be presented at the Festival :


Presented at Platform, The Death of Stalin, by Armando Iannucci, was supported by the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government via La Cie Cinématographique and Panache Productions.

On the night of March the 2nd 1953, a man is dying. A terrible stroke is wracking his entire body. He is drooling. He is pissing himself. He is about to kick the bucket and if you play your cards right, his job is yours for the taking. The man is Joseph Stalin - dictator, tyrant, butcher, as well as Secretary General of the USSR. THE DEATH OF STALIN is a satire about the days before the funerals of the Nation’s Father. Days that shine a sardonic light on all the madness, depravity and inhumanity of totalitarianism. Days that will see the men surrounding him fight to inherit his supreme power. And it’s all based on true events.


Félicité, by Alain Gomis, is co-produced by Need Productions and will also be presented in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

Félicité is a proud, free-willed woman working as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Her life is thrown into turmoil when her 14-yearold son falls victim to an accident. To save him, she sets out on a breakneck race through the streets of electric Kinshasa – a world of music and dreams where she’ll cross paths with Tabu…


Co-produced by les Films du Fleuve, Loveless, by Andrey Zvyagintsev, will be presented in Masters’ section.

Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears…


Finally, Kings, by director Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang) will be part of the Gala Presentation program.

In the English-language debut from writer-director Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang), a recluse (Daniel Craig) helps a woman (Halle Berry) and her multiple children when riots erupt in Los Angeles following the 1992 acquittal of the policemen charged with assaulting Rodney King.

Coproduced by Next Days Films, Marlon, by Jessica Palud, will be screened in Short Cuts’ section, also as North American Premiere.

Marlon, 14 years old, is visiting her mother in jail for the first time since her imprisonment. The young girl, protected by her family and relatives, stubbornly believes that her mother is still her childhood heroine…

Produced by Punchline Cinema (FR), the film also received support from the CNC, the Région Grand Est, the Adami and the Tax Shelter of the Belgian federal government.

Others festival’s sections will be announced in the next weeks.

Toronto International Film Festival will take place from 7 to 17 September.

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On August 17th, the international participants for TIFF’s Rising Stars programme were announced : Lina El Arabi (FR) is among the four talents selected, with Mamoudou Athie (USA), Vinnie Benneth (New Zealand) and Jessie Buckley (Ireland).

After starting her career on stage, the actress was chosen as main role in the film « A Wedding » by Belgian director Stephan Streker, for which she wons the Best Actress Award at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival.

The Rising Stars programme is organized by the TIFF Industry team: it includes seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings, sessions with leading filmmakers, media training and a series of unique networking opportunities.