News 28 OCT 2020

Home Front and Working Girls at Cinémania

The Canadian festival Cinémania has announced the programme of its 2020 edition. It will take place from November 4 to 22 both physically and online. The 26th edition of Cinemania features two films from Wallonia-Brussels and a few co-productions: Home Front and Working Girls amongst the feature films.

Amongst the feature-length films, there is Home Front by Lucas Belvaux, produced by Artémis Productions, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. This is the eleventh feature film by Lucas Belvaux and it is an adpation of the eponymous novel by Laurent Mauvignier, starring Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot, Jean-Pierre Daroussin and introducing the young Belgian actor Yoann Zimmer. The film received the 2020 Festival de Cannes label and was selected in several important festivals like Angoulême and Gent.

"In 1960 they were called up to fight in the Algerian War. Two years later, Bernard, Rabut, Février and others came back to France. They kept quiet, living in silence. But 40 years later, it takes almost nothing — a birthday party, or a gift held in one’s pocket — for the past to overwhelm those who have denied it for so long."
- Home Front

There is also Working Girls by Frédéric Fonteyne & Anne Paulicevich, produced by Versus production, with the help of the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

"Working Girls tells the story of three women during a blazing hot summer, between the north of France and Belgium. Axelle, Conso and Dominique have only one thing in common: they are colleagues and every day the three of them cross the border together. In order to live a dignified life on one side of the border, in Roubaix, they work as prostitutes on the other, in Belgium. This is their secret, their double life. At the end of the summer, when the storm finally breaks, these three women will join forces in solidarity in the same way that people join forces in resistance. They will share a new secret which will bind them together forever. What is it that drives these women, who would normally be expected to be competing against one another, to join forces in solidarity in the same way that people join forces in resistance?"
- Working Girls

Working Girls

In the short films, there is I Was Still There When You Left Me by Marie Mc Court, produced by MédIADiffusion, l’atelier de production de l’Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD). The film won a Student Academy Award in the best narrative school films category.

"A young girl is saved from a fire by her neighbour. They take refuge in an apartment, where they can see their tower in flames."
- I Was Still There When You Left Me

Regarding co-productions from Wallonia-Brussels, there are My Donkey, My Lover and I (Belga Productions), The Lost Prince (Belga Productions), Our Lady of the Nile (Belga Productions), Should the Wind Drop (Kwassa Films), Under the Stars of Paris (GapBusters) et A Bigger World (Scope Pictures).