Press 22 JAN 2013

New crop of Belgian film projects.

Supports for new Abel and Gordon, Belvaux, Ben Yadir, Patar and Aubier, Lannoo and more…

3rd session 2012 of Wallonia Brussels Film Selection Commission* has been approuved: 17 feature length fiction films, 8 short films, 17 documentaries and 3 television productions will receive script, development or production support for a total amount of 3,409,500 Euro.
Among the scripts, we note new projects by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (Lost in Paris), Vincent Lannoo (Longues peines, adapted from a novel by Jean Teulé) and Jan Bucquoy (Liège Bastogne Liège). Together with Pierre Penneman Belgian novelist François Emmanuel is currently writing a film adaptation of his novel Regarde la vague, a family drama behind closed doors which won the triennial prose prize 2010.
The Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel will support the production of the new project by Lucas Belvaux (38 Témoins, nominated for a Magritte du Cinéma) Pas son genre, an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Philippe Vilain. We also look forward to what David Lambert and Nabil Ben Yadir are having in store for us with their second film: I am Yours (Lambert) and La Marche (Ben Yadir), and we are eager to find out more about Stijn Coninx’s new project Marina, an account of life and times of internationally renowned Italian immigrant Rocco Granata.
Among the short films, we eagerly await the return of filmmaker, film critic and actor Jean-Marie Buchet, with Tennis and of Matthieu Donck, whose Blue Lagoon will be his third short film, following the successful release of his feature Torpedo in March last year.
The documentaries selected by the commission cover a wide range of subjects: the collapse of Greek society as a result of the crisis, the horrors of World War I in Belgium, the resistance of the Baraque city quarter of Louvain-la-Neuve, the attitude towards the body in the world of tattoo, the exploitation of mestizos in the Amazon or the life and work of Dutch writer Robert Van Gulik…
For the winter holiday season, two special 26 minute animation projects for television are in the pipeline: Le parfum de la carotte by Arnaud Demuynck, in which a rabbit and a squirrel enjoy a carrot pie, while La bûche de Noël sows discord between Indian, Cowboy and Horse – Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar’s outrageous characters (Panique au village, Ernest et Célestine).

*The Film selection commission disposes of an envelope of about 10.3 million euro to support cinematographic and audiovisual projects in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. The first selection session for  2013 is scheduled sometime between Feb. 15 and March 15th.