Insyriated wins big at the Magritte Awards
by Aurore Engelen
- Winning six prizes out of its six nominations, the second film by Philippe Van Leeuw has emerged as the undisputed winner of the eighth edition of the Belgian awards
On Saturday night, Insyriated [+see also:
interview: Philippe Van Leeuw
film profile], the second feature by Philippe Van Leeuw, took home six trophies from the Magritte Awards ceremony, thus cashing in on all six of its nominations. It was a golden evening for the director, as well as for his producer, Guillaume Malandrin (of Altitude 100 Production), who also snagged the Magritte Award for Best Animated Short with Le Lion et le Singe by Benoît Feroumont.
Insyriated unfolds over one day and examines the daily life of a Syrian family under a hail of bombs and under siege in their own flat. The film pocketed the Magrittes for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Original Score. It is a strong, politically aware film, just like many of the other movies that were battling it out, and which set the tone for the speeches made by a good many of the winners, who did not hesitate to seize on their televised platform to rail against Belgian migration policy.
Alongside the big winner, there were inevitably some disappointments, particularly for A Wedding [+see also:
interview: Stephan Streker
film profile] by Stephan Streker and This Is Our Land [+see also:
interview: Lucas Belvaux
film profile] by Lucas Belvaux, which had eight and seven nominations, respectively. The former was the recipient of the Magritte for Best Supporting Actress for Aurora Marion and that for Best Costumes, while the latter earned Emilie Dequenne, incredible as a young nurse who dives into the world of politics with a populist party, her third trophy in five years.
The Magritte for Best Debut Film was handed to Don’t Tell Her [+see also:
film profile] by Solange Cicurel, produced by Entre Chien et Loup. The Magritte for Best Flemish Film went to Fien Troch for her striking anatomy of adolescence, Home [+see also:
interview: Fien Troch
film profile], produced by Prime Time and Versus Production, while the Magritte for Best Co-produced Foreign Film was bestowed upon Raw [+see also:
interview: Julia Ducournau
film profile], the debut outing by Julia Ducournau, co-produced in Belgium by Frakas. This also means that three female directors were honoured this year, which is so unusual that it deserves a mention – especially as the Magritte for Best Short Fiction went to duo Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot for Avec Thelma.
Lastly, the Magritte for Best Actor was given to Peter Van Den Begin, who was outstanding in King of the Belgians [+see also:
interview: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Br…
film profile] by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, and the Magritte for Best Documentary went to Jérôme le Maire for the second time, for Burning Out [+see also:
Here is the complete list of winners of the 2018 Magritte Awards:
Philippe Van Leeuw – Insyriated
Philippe Van Leeuw – Insyriated
Insyriated - Virginie Surdej
Insyriated - Alek Goose, Paul Heymans
Best Production Design
Laurie Colson - Raw
A Wedding - Sophie Van Den Keybus
Best Original Score
Insyriated - Jean-Luc Fafchamps
Best Short Fiction
Avec Thelma - Raphaël Balboni, Ann Sirot
Best Animated Short
Le lion et le singe - Benoît Feroumont
(Translated from French)
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