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"Omen," "Mambar Pierrette," and "The Lost Boys" selected at the BFI London Film Festival 2023!

The London festival, showcasing emerging directors, unveiled the lineup for its 67th edition (October 4th to 15th) this Thursday. It includes three Wallonia Brussels productions: "Omen" by Bajoli, "Mambar Pierrette" by Rosine Mbakam, and "The Lost Boys" by Zeno Graton.


Omen, a film by Bajoli that has already received the New Voice Prize in the Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes, is selected in the Dare section. Produced by Wrong Men, with the support of the Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the film is sold internationally by Memento International and distributed in Belgium by Imagine Film Distribution.

Returning to his native country to introduce his pregnant wife to his family, Koffi will cross paths with the destinies of three other characters, considered witches and sorcerers by their families and communities, in a dreamlike Congo. Only mutual aid and reconciliation will allow them to break free from the curse that haunts them.

Meanwhile, "Mambar Pierrette" by Rosine Mbakam, which also had a presence at Cannes during the Directors' Fortnight, is selected in the First Feature Competition category. This film is produced by Tândor Productions and distributed by The Party Film Sales.

In the rain of Douala, Mambar, resigned, empties the water that has entered her house with the help of her children. When she arrives at her sewing workshop, the same ordeal begins again. One by one, customers come to her workshop with one word on their lips: preparing for the start of the school year. Mambar hasn't bought anything yet for her children. Her days are long, her children's expectations are high, but will the rain in Douala let the sun shine on Mambar and her children?

Finally, "The Lost Boys" by Zeno Graton is selected in the Journey category. The film, produced by Tarantula, is distributed in Belgium by O’Brother and sold internationally by Indie Sales.

Joe, 17, is about to be released from a closed center for juvenile delinquents. If his judge approves his release, he will live independently. However, the arrival of a new young man, William, will challenge his desire for freedom.

In addition to these three majority Belgian films, five minority Belgian productions will also be honored at the festival: "Bye Bye Tiberias" by Lina Soualem (co-produced by Altitude 100), "Behind the Mountains" by Mohamed Ben Attia (co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve), "Little Girl Blue" by Mona Achache (co-produced by Wrong Men), "Red Island" by Robin Campillo (co-produced by Scope Pictures), and "Vincent Must Die" by Vincent Castang (co-produced by Gapbusters).

The BFI London Film Festival is the UK's largest public film event, showcasing more than 300 feature films, documentaries, and short films from nearly 50 countries. The 2023 edition of the festival will begin on October 4th.


Mambar Pierrette

Rosine Mbakam

Feature film / Fiction



Feature film / Fiction