Press 24 JAN 2014

6 films in Rotterdam

6 French-speaking Belgian films will attend the International Film festival of Rotterdam which will be held from January 22 to February 2.

Shattering shadow by Patrick Dechesne and Alain-Pascal Housiaux will world premiere in Bright Future section, dedicated to debuts. Shot in Ethiopia and Belgium the film tells the story of Adisu, a young fisherman, fleeing his home after his village is massacred. On a journey to rediscover his identity, the young man lose himself in the geological wonder of his native country. The film picks up forty years later in a port town in Northern Europe. An aged taxi driver, Adisu revisits sentiments each passing night, in search of a memory of a love lost.

Shattering shadow is the first feature from both internationaly renowned set designers (Face by Tsaï Ming-Liang, Teza by Hailé Gérima…). Produced by Tarantula Belgium, the film is supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

World premiere as well, When I will be a dictator by Yaël André will be presented in the Signal regains program dedicated to cinema's treasure trove and screens restored classics, inexplicably forgotten masterpieces and films and documentaries that centre on cinema itself. When I will be a dictator is a 'science fiction documentary' constructed from hundreds of reels of amateur super 8 film. It is a non-autobiographical project: and if, at the other end of the universe, worlds are being born every second containing other possibilities for our lives? What would all these lives that the director hasn’t lived be? Adventurer, psychopath, perfect mother, chief accountant, invisible man? When I will be a dictator is produced by Morituri and supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel.

Other unusual film, Boris Lehman’s Mes sept lieux will world premiere in the section The State of Europe – My Own Private Europe, a theme programme focused on intimate visions on and of today's Europe. This 5 hours and 23 minutes film is a very special one : Fragments of documentary films, a personal journal, bedside notes, moments of drama, Mes Sept Lieux is an essay on the passing of time, peppered with a series of both light-hearted and serious thoughts, but ultimately is quite simply about existence. The film is produced by Dovfilm with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel.

Same section, Silence radio, the multi-awarded doc by Valéry Rosier tells the story of Radio Puisaleine which broadcasts to the Picardy countryside, creating a social link that is vital yet threatened with extinction. The old songs that it plays allow listeners to relive the happy times of their past and share them with others. The film is produced by Need Production with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel.

Two French-speaking Belgian shorts will also be presented in Rotterdam. L’infirmière cannibale by video artist Lucile Desamory, tells the story of a nurse who is stealing corpses in order to eat up their brain. The hospital's staff eventually finds out about it. The cannibal nurse is brutally killed and buried in the garden…

Filmed during the first year after the Tunisian Revolution, the short doc by Austrian director Christine Moderbacher, produced by the CVB with the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel support, A Letter to Mohamed is a poetic journey through a troubled country. Between revolution and new political system, dictatorship and first elections, order and chaos the film shows a landscape of disillusion, but also humor and hope. It is a compilation of fragments about the aftermath of a revolution, intercut with a letter about the personal impressions of the filmmaker’s journey.

Finally, I’m the same, I’m an other, second feature by Flemish director Caroline Strubbe, coproduced by Artémis Productions and supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel will be presented in the State of Europe – EU-29 programme, central theme of IFFR 2014.

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