News 31 JUL 2020

Kinshasa Now, the VR experience by Marc-Henri Wajnberg at Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival announced its film selection this week. There is one film from Wallonia-Brussels and five co-productions: Kinshasa Now in competition at Venice VR Expanded, Miss Marx in the Official Competition, The Man Who Sold His Skin and Zanka Contact in competition at Orizzonti, Mandibules Out of Competition and The Book of Vision as the opening film at the Critics' Week.

The 77th edition of the prestigious Venice Film Festival will take place from September 2nd to September 12th 2020. The pandemic forced the festival to reduce its number of selected films and to organise some sections of the festival online. This week, the artistic director of the festival Alberto Barbera announced the selected films. One VR film from Wallonia-Brussels and five co-productions are programmed at this outstanding artistic rendez-vous.

Venice VR Expanded
The VR Expanded section of the festival will be held online this year. Competing in the official VR expanded competition is Kinshasa Now by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, an interactive VR experience following the stoy of Mika (14), thrown into the streets of Kinshasa, left by himself. As the story unfolds, the spectator will drive the story through a set of various choices.
 
Kinshasa Now is produced in Belgium by Wajnbrosse Productions, in co-production with Wim Forceville and RG & Créatifs Associés (DRC). With the support of the Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Wallimage Creative, Fonds des médias du Canada, Belga Productions, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge, Creative Europe MEDIA and UNICEF.

Synopsis: "35.000 children accused of witchcraft and rejected by their families try to survive in the streets of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Mika, 14 years old, finds himself in this terrifying predicament overnight. In order to survive this transition, he has to learn the street codes, must find ways to eat, to sleep but also to reintegrate into society."
 
Kinshasa Now marks the return of Marc-Henri Wajnberg in Venice. He has already been to the fhere with Kinshasa Kids in 2012 in the selection of the independent sidebar Giornate degli Autori, inspired by Cannes' famous Director's Fortnight.
 
Official Competition
In the official competition there is Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarelli, an Italy-Belgium co-production. Miss Marx stars Romola Garai, Patrick Kennedy, John Gordon Sinclair, Felicity Montagu, Karina Fernandez, Oliver Chris and Philip Gröning.
 
Miss Marx is produced in Belgium by Tarantula Belgium in co-production with VOO & Be tv. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallimage, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge via Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius. International sales are handled by Celluloid Dreams.

Orizzonti
In competition at Orizzonti are The Man Who Sold His Skin by Kaouther Ben Hania and Zanka Contact by Ismaël El Iraki. The Man Who Sold His Skin is a co-production between France, Tunisia, Sweden, Germany and Belgium. It stars Yahya Mahayni, Monica Bellucci, Dea Liane, Koen De Bouw and Wim Delvoye. Zanka Contact is a France-Morocco-Belgium co-production starring Khansa Batma, Ahmed Hammoud, Saïd Bey, Abderrahmane Oubihem and Mourad Zaoui.
 
The Man Who Sold His Skin is produced in Belgium by Kwassa Films with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge via Belga Films Fund. The film is distributed in Belgium by Cinéart and in France by BAC Films. International sales are handled by BAC Films. Zanka Contact is produced in Belgium by Velvet Films with the support of the Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.
 
Out of Competition
Out of competiton there is Mandibules by Quentin Dupieux, a co-production between France and Belgium. The film stars the Belgian rapper Roméo Elvis, but also Grégoire Ludig, David Marsais and Adèle Exarchopoulos. Mandibules is produced in Belgium by Artémis Productions, Shelter Prod, VOO & Be tv, with the support of Taxshelter.be and ING. International sales are handled by Wild Bunch.

Settimana Internazionale della Critica
On another note, the opening film of the Venice International Film Critics’ Week is The Book of Vision by Carto S. Hintermann, which is co-produced in Belgium by Entre Chien et Loup. International sales are handled by Celluloid Dreams.

Press kits
Kinshasa Now
The Man Who Sold His Skin
Zanka Contact
Mandibules
The Book of Vision