Press 23 AUG 2016

"A wedding" by Stephan Streker is one of several French-speaking Belgian films to screen at the Toronto Film Festival

A wedding, Stephan Streker’s new film, will have its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, being held this year from the 8th to the 18th of September. The director’s third feature film will be shown in the “Discovery” section whose program was revealed on the 23rd of August. The film will also be showing end of August at the Festival du Film francophone d’Angoulême.

A wedding follows the story of Zahira, an 18-year-old dark-eyed Pakistani girl who’s wants to keep the baby she is carrying. Amir, her brother and confidant, promises to help her. But their parents have other plans for the young girl.

Several other major festivals will screen A wedding before its release both in Belgium by Bardafeu Distribution and in France by Jour2Fête who is also handling international sales.

Production company Daylight produced A wedding in coproduction with Formosa Productions in France, Tarantula Luxemburg, Minds Meet in Flanders, and Bodhicitta Works in Pakistan, with support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Wallimage, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), and the Luxemburg Film Fund. The film was also co-produced by RTBF, Proximus, SCOPE Invest and BeTv-VOO.

Several other French-speaking Belgian films will be presented in Toronto.

After The white Knights in 2015, the festival is set to welcome this year, in the “World Contemporary Cinema” program, Joachim Lafosse’s new film, After Love. After its premiere in May at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, the seventh feature film by Joachim Lafosse is now on its way towards a handful of major festivals before being released in several countries.

After living together for 15 years, Marie and Boris decide to get a divorce. But Marie is the one who bought the house in which they live with their two daughters, but Boris has completely renovated it. Since he cannot afford to find another place to live, they must continue to share it. When all is said and done, neither of the two is willing to give up.

After Love is a co-production between Versus production (Jacques-Henri and Olivier Bronckart) and Prime Time (Flanders) in Belgium, and Les films du Worso (Sylvie Pialat) in France with the support from Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and the Tax shelter of the Belgian Federal Government. The film is also co-produced by the RTBF and BeTv-VOO.

Regularly invited to the festival, the Dardenne brothers will present The unknown girl in the “Masters” program. Screened in competition in Cannes, The unknown girl tells the story of Jenny, a young doctor who one evening, after closing her practice for the day, hears the doorbell ring, but doesn't answer it. The next day, the police inform her that a young woman has been found dead nearby without any identification on her.

The unknown girl is a co-production of Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35 (France), Savage Film (Flanders), France 2 Cinéma, VOO and Be tv, RTBF (Belgian television). Produced with support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia Brussels, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, EURIMAGES, with the participation of CANAL+, and CINÉ+, and FRANCE TÉLÉVISIONS, Wallonia, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, of Casa Kafka Pictures, de Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius.

Numerous coproductions will also be presented in different programs of the festival.

Raw, the first feature from Julia Ducournau, was selected to the Critics Week in Cannes where it won the FIPRESCI prize. In Toronto, it will be screening in the “Midnight Madness” program.

Entirely shot in Liège, the film is produced by Petit Film and coproduced by Liège-based Frakas Productions (Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts) and by Rouge International. The film received support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Wallimage/Bruxellimage, RTBF, VOO, the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, and Casa Kafka Pictures.

Also coproduced by Frakas Productions, Daguerrotype and Souvenir will both get Special screenings slots. The first, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, received support from the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Proximus, Lumière and Cinéfinance. Directed by Bavo Defurne, Souvenir received support from Wallimage/Bruxellimage, Proximus and Casa Kafka Pictures. And finally, Heal the Living directed by Katell Quillévéré and also coproduced by Frakas Productions will be closing the new competitive “Platform” selection, after its premiere in Venice. The film received support from the RTBF, Cineart, Proximus and Casa Kafka Pictures.

Versus Productions will also be in Toronto with one coproduction. Home, from Flemish director Fien Troch who will also be competing in the “Platform” selection just a few days after its premiere in Venice in the Orrizzonti program. The film is coproduced by Prime Time (Flanders) and received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Casa Kafka Picture Movie Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius, the Tax shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audivosiuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, VOO and Cinéart.

Another Toronto regular, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz will be present in the Vanguard program with Message from the King, his first US-made film. Coproduced by Entre chien et loup and Ink Factory Films (USA), the film received support from the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, of Casa Kafka Pictures, de Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter empowered by Belfius.

And finally, the animation film The Red Turtle from Dutch director Michael Dudok will be showing in the “Discovery” program alongside A wedding. Belvision coproduced the film with the support of Wallimage.

Starting out in 1976 the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as one of the most important and influential film festivals in the world.