Peter Monsaert is filming his second feature, Le Ciel Flamand
by Aurore Engelen
- After Offline, the Belgian director has once again teamed up with his lead actor Wim Willaert for the filming of his second film in Gand and in the Flemish Ardennes
Peter Monsaert’s work was first seen three years ago at the release of his debut feature film, Offline [+see also:
film profile], a bitter-sweet story of a former ex-con’s attempt to re-join the workforce, get back in touch with his family and his emotions. The film won main actor Wim Willaert the Ensor for Best Actor, as well as receiving the Ensor for best script and best supporting actor. It also stood out at the Amiens Film Festival, taking home the grand prize, as well as the prizes for best male and female performances. Peter Monsaert has once again chosen Wim Willaert for his new film, Le Ciel flamand [+see also:
film profile], which portrays the daily life of another slightly dysfunctional family: three generations of women at the Ciel Flamand, a brothel on the Franco-Belgian border. Monique is working there with her daughter Sylvie, who is trying, however she can, to raise her six-year-old daughter Eline. While the two older women are working, it’s Uncle Dirk (Wim Willaert) who takes care of the little one. This already precarious situation is put under even more tension by a dramatic event that wreaks havoc on family ties.
The female roles are played by Sara Vertongen, known mainly for her work in the theatre, and Ingrid De Vos, seen in The Beast [+see also:
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film profile]. The cinematography was carried out by David Williamson, known in particular for his work on I’m the Same, I’m An Other [+see also:
film profile] by Caroline Strubbe, Melody [+see also:
interview: Bernard Bellefroid
film profile] by Bernard Bellefroid, and Vincent and the End of the World [+see also:
film profile], the next film from Christophe Van Rompaey, currently in post-production.
Le Ciel Flamand, produced by Lunanime (the production company created by distributor Lumière), has received support from Vlaams Audiovisuel Fonds, and will therefore be distributed in Belgium by Lumière.
(Translated from French)