Press 26 SEP 2013

Montréal unwraps French-speaking Belgian films

Wallonia-Brussels hits bull’s eye at the 42th Festival of New Cinema Montréal.

Montréal audiences will be given a special treat with no less than four unique, peculiar and striking films from French-speaking Belgium : In the Name of the Son by Vincent Lannoo, The Strange Colour of your Body's Tears by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, Henri by Yolande Moreau and The Big Trip by Jérôme le Maire.

In the name of the son, the surprising and explosive latest film by Vincent Lannoo, will represent French-speaking Belgium in the international competition. This film by Yoni Productions features highly talented actors including Astrid Whettnall, Philippe Nahon, Achille Ridolfi and Zacharie Chasseriaud, whom we previously met in Bouli Lanners’ Les Géants and Frédéric Fonteyne’s Tango libre.

This atypical film, which will be released in Canadian theatres by Axia Film Distribution briefly after the festival, tells the story of the brilliant and radiant girl Elisabeth, who blooms with the arrival of father Achilles as a new member of the family. This perfect family admires Elisabeth for her talk show on «Radio Espoir Chrétien» and for the time she sacrifices on others, her family and the household. But neither her faith, nor «Radio Espoir Chrétien» or love will prevent Elisabeth from sinking into a shadowy reality. The lies of a husband, the silence of the Church and the denial of her family push her into a violent, doubt-ridden crusade.

Different film, different section, different world : The Strange Colour of your Body's Tears by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani. This film will be presented in the « Temps ø » competition. Four years after their highly acclaimed Amer, which won them the Audience award as well as the « Temps ø » prize, Cattet and Forzani are back in force with this new – slightly mysteriously titled - film which will, no doubt, attract ‘giallo’ aficionados.
L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps tells the story of the disappearance of a woman and of her husband’s inquiry into the obscure circumstances of her disappearance. Has she left him? Is she dead? As his inquiry progresses, he is plunged deeper and deeper into a violent nightmarish world…
This Anonymes Films - Tobina Film production, in co-production with Epidemic, Red Lion and Mollywood, was supported by the Federation Wallonia-Brussels and is sold internationally by BAC Films. The film previously premiered at the Locarno and Toronto festivals and will soon be presented at some prestigious film festivals including Ghent (competing), London and Pusan. Theatrical release in France (Shellac), Belgium (Numéro Zéro) and the UK (Metrodome) is scheduled early 2014.

Yolande Moreau’s awaited Henri was selected in the «Special Screenings» section, a section exclusively reserved to big names in international cinema and the best productions of the year. Henri, which was shot in the north of Belgium and France, tells the story of two marginal loners: Henri (performed by theatre director and actor Pippo Delbono), a reclusive, washed out man in his fifties who has turned to drinking, and Rosette (Candy Ming, whom we previously saw in Louise-Michel, Mammuth and Le Grand Soir by the duo Kervern-Delépine), a slightly mentally handicapped woman who dreams of love, sex and being normal... 

Henri, which was shown earlier this year as Cannes Director’s Fortnight’s closing film, is a French-Belgian co-production Versus production, Christmas in July, Prime Time, RTBF, Inver Invest, the Centre du cinéma of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, the Flemish Audiovisual Fund, Belgacom TV with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government. The film will be released in the Benelux by O’Brother and in France by Le Pacte, which will also handle its international sales.

Finally, Le Grand’Tour by Jérôme Le Maire will be presented in the “Panorama”, an anthology of the world’s best and interesting films. The film was previously premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and ACID in Cannes. This colourful, witty and loony fiction film filmed in documentary style, was produced by La Parti Production with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel.

For 42 years the Montréal Festival Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) has been highlighting and promoting new trends and tendencies in cinema and new media. The festival is considered one of Canada’s most prominent festivals and it is a springboard for original and non-commercial films, with a strong emphasis on ‘cinéma d’auteur’ and digital creation. This year’s 42nd edition is scheduled October 9 to 20.