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FINANCING Belgium

Wallimage to finance projects by the Dardenne brothers and Zoé Wittock

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- The Walloon Regional Investment Fund is due to finance a total of eight projects as part of its latest session, four of which were submitted by Belgian filmmakers

Wallimage to finance projects by the Dardenne brothers and Zoé Wittock
Directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Eight projects have been selected by Wallimage – the Walloon Regional Investment Fund – as part of its 89th session. Among the eight projects selected are five feature films, an animated feature film, a documentary and a television series. It’s worth noting that half of the projects were submitted by Belgian filmmakers, including the Dardenne brothers and Zoé Wittock.

Today we found out a little more about the new project by the double award-winning directors, Ahmed, the story of a young Belgian boy who is radicalised. A contemporary tale we are told, which will be more reminiscent of the Dardenne brothers' first films, namely by putting a young unknown novice actor in the spotlight. The film will once again be supported by the directors' company, Les Films du Fleuve, in co-production with the French outfit Archipel 35

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Wallimage will also be supporting the debut film by Zoe Wittock, Jumbo, which is currently being filmed (read the news here). The film tells the story of a girl who is constantly butting heads with her mother and who develops romantic feelings for... a merry-go-round. The film stars Noémie Merlant and Emmanuelle Bercot. Jumbo was produced in Belgium by Kwassa Films, as well as Insolence Productions in France and Les Films Fauves in Luxembourg.

The other three feature films supported are Poissonsexe, the third film by Olivier Babinet (Swagger [+see also:
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), starring Gustave Kervern, India Hair, Gringe, Tom Audenaert and Erika Sainte, a Tarantula  and Commes des Cinémas co-production, Un monde plus grande by Fabienne Berthaud, produced by Haut et Court and co-produced by Scope Pictures, starring Cécile de France and Ludivine Sagnier in the main roles, and the second part of the German series for young people, Liliane Susewind, supported by Dreamtool Entertainment and co-produced in Belgium by Velvet Films.

Finally, it's worth noting that financial support has also been given to the Flemish series Albatross by Wannes Destoop and produced by De Wereldvrede, the animated film Icare by Luxembourgish director Carlo Vogele, produced by Iris Productions and Rezo Productions and the selection’s wildcard: the new documentary by Patric Jean (La Raison du plus faible, La domination masculine) – Icare our la mesure des choses – produced by Iota Production, Red Productions and Nouvelle Tribu.

(Translated from French)

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