Press 13 SEP 2013

An avalanche of projects in French-speaking Belgian cinema

The film selection committee has approved over 3.5 million Euros support to no less than 44 audiovisual projects, including 15 feature-length films, 10 short films and 17 documentaries, each of which illustrates the dynamism and diversity of French-speaking cinema in Belgium.

Among the films which will receive support by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel is, first and foremost, the Dardenne Brothers’ new theatrical film Deux jours, une nuit, featuring Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione, the principal photography of which has just been completed in Seraing.

Expectations also run high for Lost in Paris, a comedy in which we follow the funny and eventful fortunes of three individuals lost in Paris. Shooting is scheduled during the Spring of 2014 by the tandem Abel and Gordon, while Martine Doyen (Komma) will be back behind the camera for a comedy paradoxically entitled No Fun (previously Cheese !), which examines whether and how someone can retrieve his sense of humour among the Inuit.

After the steppes of Central Asia (Beyond the Steppes), talented young filmmaker Vanja d’Alcantara now takes off to Japan for her second feature Kokoro, an adaptation of the novel “Le Cœur régulier” by Olivier Adam.

While their second feature The Strange Colour of your body's tears is attracting considerable attention at various film festivals (Locarno, Toronto, London), Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani have started working on their new project of the crime film Laissez bronzer les cadavres! for which they will receive script support.

In the next few months, Olivier Masset-Depasse, whose Illégal is still very fresh in memory, will start production of a television film for Canal+, Le sanctuaire, in which he will follow the activities of the Basque independence movement ETA at their operating base in France.

All these projects have been selected during the June session of the film selection commission, which disposes of an annual envelope of some 11 million Euros to support cinema and audiovisual creation in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. The commission’s next session is scheduled October-November 2013.