Press 09 NOV 2020

Working Girls to represent Belgium at the Academy Awards in 2021

The Belgian selection committee for the Oscars has chosen Working Girls by Frédéric Fonteyne & Anne paulicevich as the Belgian Oscar entry for 2021.

Amongst the four finalists – two Flemish and two French-speaking films –, the committee has chosen Working Girls, Frédéric Fonteyne's sixth feature film, written and co-directed for the first time by Anne Paulicevich. Earlier this year, the film was screened at the prestigious Dutch festival International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) dans la section Limelight.
 
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has reached all nations to submit their entry for the International Feature Film Award. In Belgium, the selection committee composed of equal members from Flanders and from Wallonia-Brussels is in charge of selecting the film.
 
Last year, Versus production was already present at the Oscars with A Sister by Delphine Girard nominated for Live Action Short Film Award.
 
The shortlisted films will be announced on February 9. The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony has been postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic. It will take place on April 25th 2021 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

"Axelle, Dominique and Conso share a secret. They lead a double life. Every morning they meet up in their public housing parking lot to commute to work together on the other side of the border. There, in a brothel, they become Athena, Circe and Hera. Ladies of pleasure, everyday heroes, each woman fights for her family and to keep her dignity. When one of the women’s lives is in danger, they must join forces to overcome adversity."
 
Working Girls was released in Belgian theatres on the 12th of February 2020. The film is available on Proximus.
 
Working Girls is produced by Versus production (BE), Les Films du Poisson (FR), Prime Time (BE), Few Films (BE), VOO & Be tv, RTBF and Proximus. With the help of Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Fonds Audiovisuel de Flandre (VAF), Tax Shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge, Inver Tax Shelter, MEDIA – Europe Créative, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Région Grand Est, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), Bureau d’Accueil des Tournages Grand Est, TV5MONDE and Fond Impact.
 
The film is distributed in Belgium by O’Brother Distribution and in France by KMBO. International Slaes are handled by Be For Films.