D’Ardennen: debut feature for Robin Pront
by Aurore Engelen
- Robin Pront reunites Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens and Kevin Janssens in order to film his first feature, D’Ardennen, produced by Savage Films
This week filming concludes for D’Ardennen [+see also:
interview: Robin Pront
film profile], the debut feature by Robin Pront, who was discovered with his short film Plan B, which was set in the Antwerp drug scene. With D’Ardennen, he focuses on the love-hate relationship that unites two brothers, both social outcasts, who are trying to start afresh, each in his own way, after a robbery that goes awry. While Dave slipped away unnoticed from the crime scene, Kenneth got caught, and ends up paying for the duo by serving four years in prison. Upon his release, he contacts his brother as well as his ex-girlfriend and tries to win her over again. But Dave owes his brother a moral debt, and the latter will do all he can to make him pay.
Filmed between Antwerp and the Ardennes, the movie is produced by Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films (Bullhead [+see also:
interview: Bart Van Langendonck
interview: Michaël R. Roskam
film profile], Labyrinthus [+see also:
film profile]), who presents D’Ardennen as a hybrid movie at a crossroads, between Fargo and Trainspotting. Initially, the project was planned for Michaël Roskam, who eventually had to commit to other projects. Nevertheless, he remains the movie’s executive producer, with Savage Films.
In the cast, one finds Veerle Baetens, who returns to a Flemish project following several international productions (Un début prometteur by Emma Lucchini, and also the BBC series The White Queen), as well as Kevin Janssens (High Heels, Low Tide, Madonna's Pig), and Jeroen Perceval, who previously played the leading roles in the director’s shorts, and who co-wrote the screenplay for D’Ardennen.
(Translated from French)