News 24 OCT 2018

Two french-speaking Belgian films in Jihlava

The 22nd Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival will see two french-speaking Belgian films presented in its official selection.

Backstage Action by Sanaz Azari and Vacancy by Alexandra Kandy Longuet will represent french-speaking Belgium at the 22nd Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Presented in world premiere, Backstage Action and Vacancy will both compete in the Opus Bonum section.

Produced by Iota Production, Backstage Action tries to give an idea of what an extra is. This figure without a role, a name or a voice, walking through the set in order to make the scenes 'look real'. They are as many archetypes, subdividing the people into multiple communities. But who is actually hiding behind those labels, which human beings, what fraction of humanity, which people?

Backstage Action is coproduced with BeTV, the Centre Bruxellois de l’Audiovisuel and Casa Kafka. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and screen.brussels.

Produced by Eklektik Productions, Vacancy explores the last refuge for the forgotten of the American dream, the motel. In the USA, the motel is home to a whole population of left behind, drifting humans who, from crisis to crisis - economic and personal - have been dispossessed of all.

Coproduced with the Centre Bruxellois de l’Audiovisuel (CBA), Proximus and Shelter Prod. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

Since its creation in 1997, Jihlava International Film Festival has become the largest documentary film festival in Central and Eastern Europe. Each year, the festival offers, besides its film selection, exhibitions and industry meetings.

The festival will take place from October 25 to 30.