Press 24 JUL 2018

Two Belgian films to feature at the Venice Film Festival

The programme for the fifteenth Giornate degli Autori, on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival, was released on Tuesday, and includes two Belgian films.

Keep Going by Joachim Lafosse and Emma Peeters by Nicole Palo will both have their global premieres at Giornate degli Autori on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival.

Keep Going, based on Laurent Mauvignier’s novel Continuer (Editions de Minuit, 2016), is Joachim Lafosse’s seventh film. Sybille (Virginie Efira), a divorced mother, can’t stand watching her 18-year-old son Samuel (Kacey Mottet Klein) slip into a violent and meaningless life. She is also struggling with her own demons, past and present. As a last resort, she takes Samuel on a long journey across Kyrgyzstan. Accompanied only by their two horses, mother and son face the magnificent yet hostile natural environment, its dangers, its rewards, its people… and above all each other.

Keep Going is produced by Versus Production (Belgium) and Les Films du Worso (France), in co-production with Prime Time (Flanders), Winnipeg (Canada), Johnny Jane (France), RTBF (Belgium), Voo, and BeTV. The film is supported by the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter scheme, Inver Tax Shelter and Eurimages, with assistance from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Other partners include the French National Centre for Cinematography, Brussels-Capital Region, Wallimage, Canal+ and Ciné+, in association with Indéfilms 6, Cinéventure 3 and Le Pacte.

Keep Going is distributed by O’Brother Distribution in Belgium, and in France and worldwide by Le Pacte. The film will go on general release in Q1 2019.

Emma Peeters, Nicole Palo’s second feature, will be the event’s final screening. Emma Peeters will soon be 35 and has yet to accomplish something. After years of hardship in Paris in trying to become an actress, an idea strikes her fancy: bringing her days to an end in a week’s time, on her birthday. In the process Emma meets Alex Bodart, a fanciful funeral home employee who will help her in her reckless endeavour. By dint of hard work to hide their respective feelings, it seems they may succeed in bringing about Emma’s final objective.

Emma Peeters is produced by Take Five (Belgium) and Possibles Media (Canada), in co-production with RTBF (Belgium) and Proximus. The film is supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Sodec, Téléfilm Canada, Brussels-Capital Region, Eurimages, Crédit d’Impôt Cinéma et Télévision-Gestion Sodec, BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance, Creative Europe Media, Radio-Canada, and the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter scheme.

The film is distributed by Imagine Films Distribution in Belgium and is set for general release in early 2019.

The fifteenth Giornate degli Autori will take place on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival from 30 August to 10 September this year.

It was born in 2004, as an independent event on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival, modelled on the prestigious “Directors’ Fortnight” of the Cannes Festival and promoted by the associations of Italian film directors and authors (Anac and 100autori). The aim of the event is to draw attention to high quality cinema, without any kind of restriction, with special care for innovation, research, originality and independence. These are all features of the 12 films selected, as well as being reflected in the special events held during the event in the Villa degli Autori.
Ever since the first edition, the Giornate degli Autori has come to represent a real alternative to the Festival’s official areas and an ideal place for authors, producers, distributors and journalists to meet and discuss their ideas in an informal environment. The film screenings and other events take place in the theatres provided by the Venice Film Festival.