Jaco Van Dormael and his Brand New Testament in the running for the Golden Globes
by Aurore Engelen
- The feature hailed by the critics and the public alike was able to win over the members of the Foreign Press Association in Los Angeles
The Golden Globe Awards are American film prizes that have been handed out since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), comprising a jury of around 90 specialist journalists hailing from 55 countries. On an annual basis, they serve to reward the best films of the year and represent a crucial stage in the Oscars race. This nomination is a very promising sign for The Brand New Testament [+see also:
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile], chosen as the Belgian candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. Furthermore, the movie is duking it out for the Satellite Awards, another "stepping stone" on the way to the Oscars, and will also take part in the European Film Awards. It’s not the first time that Jaco Van Dormael has taken part in the Golden Globes, as he had already been nominated for The Eighth Day. If he were to win, he would follow in the footsteps of Gérard Corbiau and Farinelli, which won in 1995, and Alain Berliner and Ma vie en rose, which was singled out in 1998. The last French-language Belgian feature to take part in the Golden Globes was The Kid with a Bike [+see also:
interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile] by the Dardenne brothers.
A strong European contingent will be represented at the event, as The Brand New Testament has been nominated in the Best Foreign-language Film category, where it will go head to head with Mustang [+see also:
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile] (France), Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile] (Hungary), The Club (Chile) and The Fencer [+see also:
interview: Ivo Felt
film profile] (Finland). The awards ceremony will take place on 10 January.
The Brand New Testament, which was presented at Cannes and came out in theatres in September, has proven to be extremely successful in Belgium, where it has drawn in over 280,000 viewers, quite an achievement in comparison with recent figures. The film has also had a very good run in France and has been sold in more than 50 territories.
Produced by Terra Incognita Films, Climax Films and Caviar in Belgium, Après le Déluge in France and Juliette Films in Luxembourg, The Brand New Testament received backing from the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Eurimages, the National Support Fund for Audiovisual Production of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Wallimage, the VAF and Screen Flanders.
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