Press 29 AUG 2019

Several Belgian films at BFI London

The BFI London Film Festival revealed Thursday August 29st, the official program of its 63rd edition. Among the selection, 3 Belgian French-speaking films will be presented.

Third chapter in Fabrice du Welz’s Ardennes trilogy, Adoration will be the first Belgian film selected in the Cult category.

Synopsis: Paul is a 14 year-old boy. He lives with his mother in the private clinic of doctor Loisel, deeply hidden in the woods. Paul likes to roam the forest and observe nature. One day Gloria, a schizophrenic teenager of around fifteen years old, arrives. Paul falls in love immediately. There is an awkward love between the two children. Because Paul thinks that Gloria is in danger, he helps her escape. This is the beginning of a long journey that will take the two children to the heart of madness...

Adoration is produced by Panique! and co-produced by Savage Films, One Eyed, Scope, RTBF, Voo and BeTV. The film is supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Eurimages, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Wallimage, the Brussels-Capital Region, and the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter scheme.

Overseas, the second feature-length documentary by Sung-A Yoon, will be presented in the Documentary Competition.

Synopsis: In the Philippines, women get deployed abroad to work as domestic workers or nannies. In order to do so, they frequently leave their own children behind, before throwing themselves into the unknown. In one of the many training centres dedicated to domestic work that can be found in the Philippines, a group of trainees are getting ready to face both homesickness and the possible abuses lying ahead. During role playing exercises, they alternatively play both the roles of the employee and that of the employers. Bordering on fiction, “Overseas” brings to light the question of modern servitude in our globalised world, while emphasising these women’s determination, their sisterhood, and the strategies they find to face the ordeals that awaits them in the near future.

Overseas is produced by Iota Production and co-produced by Les Films de l’Oeil Sauvage, Clin d’Oeil Film, Michigan Films and CBA. The film is supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Casa Kafka Pictures, BETV and CANVAS.

Directed by Rémi Durin and produced by Les Films du Nord, Big Wolf and Little Wolf will compete in the Animated Shorts for Younger Audiences section.

Synopsis: Big Wolf lives happily alone under his tree until one day he sees a Little Wolf approaching who seems determined to keep him company. But, Big Wolf really likes the quiet life, at least, that's what he thought.

The London Film Festival is a key activity of the BFI (British Film Institute), screening new work from around the world and the best of recent restorations from international archives. Categories of work shown include fiction, documentary, artists' and experimental work, animation, features and shorts. This year, the Festival will take place October 2-13.