News 10 AUG 2017

Belgian films in Sarajevo

Beginning on August 11th, the Sarajevo Film Festival will present no fewer than seven Belgian (co)productions, supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Four short films will be presented in the Shorts section.

The Fullness of Time (Romance), crowned with the title of best court at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2016, is produced by VOA Films.
Seated on the edge of the gaping rift, she waited so long – too long for the mountain to give back her lover, a prisoner of the ice.
The Fullness of Time (Romance) is also produced by Les Ruines de Carthage, the CBA and Le Fresnoy, in partnership with Film Flamme, Marseille and Le BAMP (Brussels).

The Wall, by Samuel Lampaert, is produced by Les Films du Carré, with the support of RTBF.
Hong Kong. A multitude of concrete skyscrapers without personality. Inside, cramped studios where the anonymous live among themselves. Until the day Chung, a bachelor, decides to hang up a picture…

After Dawn, by Nicolas Graux, is produced by Tarantula Belgium.
Poland. Separation and distance have hardened Pawel’s heart. Or so it seemed to him... Until one rainy afternoon. And an unexpected visitor.
Co-produced by RTBF and Larsens Productions, the film was also supported by the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and Casa Kafka Pictures.

Winner of the Cinéfondation’s First prize, Paul is here, by Valentina Maurel, is produced by the INSAS realization’s workshop.
Paul is here. Like a step backwards; like a ghost knocking at the door. He is here, and his annoying presence will disrupt Jeanne's everyday life.

The feature films will also be present at the festival. Three Belgian co-productions appear in two other sections:

Awarded at Cannes’ Critics Week in 2016, Raw, directed by Julia Ducournau and coproduced by Frakas Productions, will be featured in the Kinoscope section.
Everyone in Justine’s family is a veterinarian. And a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions when her true self begins to emerge.

Also in the Kinoscope section, Loveless by Andrey Zvyaginstev is co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve.
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, When the day had no name, by Teona Strugar Mitevska and coproduced by Entre chien et loup, will be featured in the In Focus section.
Milan and his best friend Petar prepare an adventurous excursion with some other teenagers from the outskirts of Skopje. They are full of adrenaline for a boys’ night out of drinking and horseplay before an early morning fishing expedition – typical teenagers full of sexual and romantic tensions, and angst about money and material things. They are sometimes devilish and sometimes angelic; hungry to be adults, yet they still mostly act like children. All have dysfunctional relationships with their parents, and they represent a whole generation of youth raised in a time of transition and questionable values. Their night of fun is tainted by ethnic tensions and a visit to a teenaged prostitute that goes wrong...

The Sarajevo Film Festival will take place from 11 to 18 August.