Press 05 DEC 2019

Two Belgian films at Sundance

The line-up has been announced for the 40th Sundance Film Festival, which will run from 24 January to 3 February 2020. Two Belgian films have been selected: Jumbo by Zoé Wittock, and Binti by Frederike Migom.

Jumbo, the first feature from Belgian director Zoé Wittock, will have its global premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Synopsis: Jeanne, a shy young woman, works as a night guard in an amusement park. She lives a fusional relationship with her mother, the outgoing Margarette. While no man can find his place within the duo that everything opposes, Jeanne develops a strange relationship with Jumbo, the new star attraction of the park.

The film stars young French actress Noémie Merlant (whose breakthrough role came in Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma, where she appeared alongside Adèle Haenel), as well as Emmanuelle Bercot and Sam Louwyck.

Jumbo is co-produced by Kwassa Films (Belgium), Insolence (Fr) and Les Films Fauves (Luxembourg), with support from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, Wallimage, Proximus, Eurimage, the French National Centre for Cinematography, Film Fund Luxembourg, Rezo Films and What The Films.

The film will be released in Belgium (O’Brother Distribution) and France (Rezo Film) in spring 2020, and will be distributed worldwide by What The Films.

Binti by Flemish director Frederike Migom has already scooped several accolades, including best children’s film at the Ensor awards and the Cinekid Festival. The film will feature in the Kids section at Sundance. Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Binti dreams of making a name for herself as a vlogger and becoming a star like her idol Tatyana. But when they risk being deported as illegal aliens in a police raid, she and her father are forced to go on the run. Binti meets Elias and they become friends. While Binti uses her vlog to help Elias with his Save the Okapi Club, she hatches the perfect plan: if her dad marries Elias’s single mother, they could stay in Belgium.
The cast list includes Baloji, Bebel Tshiani Baloji, Joke Devynck, Mo Bakker and Caroline Stas.

Binti is co-produced by Bulletproof Cupid (Belgium), Kwassa Films (Belgium) and Family Affair (Netherlands), with support from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Ketnet and Telenet. The film is distributed worldwide by Level K.

Jumbo and Binti are both produced by fledgling Brussels-based company Kwassa Films, with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel.

The Sundance Film Festival was founded in 1985 by Robert Redford. One of the world’s leading independent film festivals, and the biggest of its kind in the United States, it takes place each year in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah.