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Belgium very well represented in Sao Paulo!

The SPIFF - Sao Paulo International Film Festival has unveiled the selection for its 47th edition with no less than 8 French-speaking Belgian films.

The SPIFF - Sao Paulo International Film Festival has selected 8 French-speaking Belgian feature films, as well as two co-productions for its 47th edition.

In the New Directors Competition, dedicated to directors presenting their first or second feature films, you can find Camping du lac by Eléonore Saintagnan, produced by Michigan Films.

Eléonore is heading west when her car breaks down in the middle of Brittany. She rents a bungalow in a lakeside campground where, it is said, a legendary creature lives. Forced into idleness in this remote place, she gets to know the locals and the tourists who arrive during a heatwave. Moving from one mobile home to another, she observes the present, evokes the past, and lets herself be carried away by fiction.

The Lost Children by Michèle Jacob, produced by Velvet Films.

Audrey, 10 years old, and her two brothers wake up in an isolated house in the forest. When they realize that their father has left, they try to find their way back home, but the forest appears to be an endless loop. Trapped in the house, Audrey must confront the haunting presence to save her brothers and herself from madness.

Time Out by Eve Duchemin, produced by Kwassa Films and internationally distributed by Pyramide International.

For the first time in a long while, three inmates are granted a weekend furlough. They have 48 hours to touch base with their loved ones and attempt to make up for lost time.

It's Raining Inside the House by Paloma Sermon-Daï, produced by Michigan and internationally distributed by Heretic.

Under a scorching sun, Purdey, aged 17, and her brother Makenzy, aged 15, are left to fend for themselves. While Purdey works as a cleaner in a hotel complex, Makenzy earns a bit of money by stealing from tourists. Between the carefree nature of adolescence and the harshness of adult life, they must support each other in a journey filled with bittersweet moments, which seems to be their last summer of youth.

Katika Bluu by Stéphane Vuillet & Stéphane Xhrouet, produced by Hélicotronc.

Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, September 2022. Bravo, a 16-year-old, is rescued from an armed group by the CTO (Transit and Orientation Center) team for reintegration into society. However, Bravo, who has only known war and combat, refuses to conform to the center's rules. As a former lieutenant in the forest, he rejects the idea of being treated the same as other children and secretly longs to reunite with his family.

The Other Laurens by Claude Schmitz, produced by Wrong Men and internationally distributed by Best Friend Forever.

Private investigator Gabriel Laurens, specializing in marital affairs, has his life disrupted when his niece Jade arrives, expressing doubts about her father's accidental death and asking him to conduct an investigation.

In the International Perspective section, you can find Mambar Pierrette by Rosine Mbakam, produced by Tândor Productions and internationally distributed by The Party Film Sales, as well as The New Man by Carlos Yuri Ceuninck, produced by Néon Rouge Productions.


Amidst the rain in 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 after another, customers come to her workshop with one word on their lips: preparing for the back-to-school season. Mambar hasn't yet bought anything for her children. Her days are long, and the anticipation of her children is great, but will the rain in Douala allow the sun to shine on Mambar and her children?


QUIRINO, a 76-year-old man, has lived in an abandoned village at the bottom of a deep valley, nestled between the sea and the mountains for over 30 years. Beginning to feel the weight of his age, Quirino is faced with the dilemma of whether to leave the only place he has ever known or spend his remaining days there.

It's also worth noting the selection of two co-productions: LUKA by Jessica Woodworth (co-produced by Beluga Tree) and Holly by Fien Troch (co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve).

The festival is scheduled to take place from October 6 to October 15, 2023.



Mambar Pierrette

Rosine Mbakam

Feature film / Fiction

The New Man

Carlos Yuri Ceuninck

Feature film / Documentary

Katika Bluu

Stéphane Vuillet and Stéphane Xhrouet

Feature film / Fiction

The Other Laurens

Claude Schmitz

Feature film / Fiction

Il pleut dans la maison

Paloma Sermon-Daï

Feature film / Fiction

Time Out

Ève Duchemin

Feature film / Fiction

The Lost Children

Michèle Jacob

Feature film / Fiction

Camping du lac

Éléonore Saintagnan

Feature film / Fiction