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"The Lost Boys" screened for its world premiere in Berlin!

A part of the Berlinale 2023 program has been unveiled. Zeno Graton’s first film "The Lost Boys" will be shown there for its world premiere in the Generation section. There will also feature a co-production in the Competition as well as another in the Panorama section.

The film tells the love story between Joe and William. They are two young boys who are placed in a juvenile correctional centre, a place governed by order and discipline. They will have to break the law in order to love each other.

Zeno Graton will present his first feature film in Berlin. As a young film director formally trained at INSAS, he has already dazzled us with his end-of-study short film, Seagulls, winning the Bayard d'Or for Best Short Film at the 28th edition of the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF). In 2016, he participated in the Residence of the Cinéfondation where he developed the screenplay of this first feature film, with which he won the Special Jury Prize of the Sopadin Prize of the Junior Screenplay Award in 2017.

The Lost Boys, featuring the actors Khalil Gharbia and Julien de Saint-Jean, is produced by Tarantula Belgium.

Generation is an important section of the festival whose origins date back to 1978. Dedicated to young people and teenagers, it is divided into two competitions: Generation Kplus for children and Generation 14plus for teenagers.

Also featured among the other selected titles is Giacomo Abbruzzese's film Disco Boy, co-produced by Panache Productions. This film is in Competition. Also of note is the presence of Patric Chiha’s new film The Beast in the Jungle, co-produced by Frakas which is featured in the Panorama section.  

The Belgian presence at the festival continues with the producer Florence Sâadi who will participate, with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, in the Fiction Toolbox Berlin 2023 program. The Fiction Toolbox program is an initiative of the European Film Market's Diversity and Inclusion program. Aimed at junior to mid-level feature film producers, the Fiction Toolbox program is designed specifically to equip fiction creators from marginalised and underrepresented groups with management tools and professional contacts. It includes access to networking events and professional meetings as well as additional business modules (tailor-made workshops, meetings and individual consultations). The program provides a transferable savoir-faire business kit as well as industry connections under the guidance of a consultant and a team of experts.

Without forgetting to also mention the presence of the young actress from Brussels, Joely Mbundu who will represent Belgium in the Shooting Stars program.  

The 73rd edition of the Berlinale take place from February 16 to 26, 2023.