Press 16 JUN 2014

Winning weekend for Belgian cinema

Eight prizes in two days for French-speaking Belgian features, short films and animation.

Last Sunday, the Dardenne Brothers carried off the prestigious Sydney Film Prize. And in Cabourg Pas son genre made a hat trick: three prizes in a row!

"For its masterfully elegant storytelling, its dedication to a fiercely humanistic, super-realist worldview, its brave, essential commitment to community solidarity, and its celebration of a woman's power and vitality, we are delighted to present the Sydney Film Prize to Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night."

Such were the words of Jury President Rachel Perkins during the closing ceremony of the Sydney Film Festival. Awarded from a rigorous selection only 12 films in competition, this prize will mark the beginning of a successful festival career for the Dardennes’ most recent film. Previous Sydney Film Prize winners included Only God forgives (2013), Alps (2012) and A Separation (2011).

Last weekend also, at the Cabourg Films d’Amour Festival, two Belgian films were showered with prizes. Pas son genre by Lucas Belvaux (38 témoins) not only carried off the Swann d’Or for best film, but the Swanns d’Or for best actress (Emilie Dequenne) and for best actor (Loïc Corbery) as well. These Swanns d’Or are sponsored by festival partner ‘la Monnaie de Paris’.

The jury also awarded the Belgian short film Solo Rex, a Hélicotronc production directed by François Bierry. The film won the prize for best actor (Wim Willaert) and best cinematography (Fiona Braillon) in the short film category. And finally, yet another film made with the support of the Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles - Marina by Stijn Coninx – won the prize of the young jury.

And more good news from past weekend came from the Annecy Animation Film Festival – the meeting place for animation in Europe. The Special Jury Prize for television film went to the short film Le Parfum de la carotte by Rémi Durin, a Belgian (La Boite Production) a French-Swiss co-production. This 27 minutes sung film tells the story of Rabbit and Squirrel, two neighbour friends, both gourmets and bon vivants. Differences in taste will, however, cause a dispute... Agnès Jaoui lends her voice for this film, which is making a fine theatrical career in cinemas all across the French speaking world.

News Annecy 2014