Press 29 MAR 2015

Killing time and Noche herida awarded in Cinéma du Réel, in Paris

The Cinéma du Réel festival, focused on international documentary creation, ended this Friday with some very good news for the french-speaking Belgian productions. Both Killing Time – Entre deux fronts by Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel and Noche herida (wounded night), by Nicolás Rincón Gille, presented in competition, have been awarded.

The International Competition Jury composed of the filmmakers Julie Bertuccelli, Dieudo Hamadi, Hong Hyosook, Véréna Paravel and Clarence Tsui gave The Cinéma du réel Grand Prix to Killing Time – Entre deux fronts, Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel.

Deep in the rocky californian desert lies a small military town named Twentynine Palms. Neighbouring a large marine corps base, it welcomes troops coming back from Irak and Afghanistan all year round. On leave or already back to training, these young men kill time by themselves, among brothers in arms or with their family, in a surrounding constantly reminding them of the warzone they just left behind.

Killing time is produced by Les Productions du Verger and CBA in Belgium and CelluloProd in France. The Grand Prix is funded (8000 euros) by the Biblioth&eg rave;que publique d’information and supported by the Procirep.

A Special mention went to Noche herida (wounded night), by Nicolás Rincón Gille. The film portrays Blanca, a countrywoman displaced by violence to the outskirts of Bogota. She is the mainstay of a now tiny family, looking after her three grandsons and doing her best to snatch them from an all too predictable fate.

Produced by Voa asbl and CBA in Belgium and Medio de Contencion in Colombia, Noche Herida is the third part of the director’s Campo Hablado trilogy. The first film, En lo Escondido, had already been awarded in Cinéma du Réel in 2007.

Both documentaries have received support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles.