A Ciambra (2017)
Happy End (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017)
The Square (2017)
Redoubtable (2017)
Jupiter's Moon (2017)
previous
next
Choose your language en | es | fr | it

OSCARS 2016 Belgium

email print share on facebook share on twitter share on google+

The Brand New Testament to represent Belgium in the Oscars race

by 

- Jaco Van Dormael and his divine vision have been chosen to represent Belgium in the Best Foreign-language Film category

The Brand New Testament to represent Belgium in the Oscars race
The Brand New Testament by Jaco Van Dormael

The jury, comprising six Flemish-speaking and French-speaking film professionals, unanimously hailed the inventiveness and "Belgianness" of Jaco Van Dormael’s film The Brand New Testament [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile
]
, as well as its public and international potential. It therefore follows in the footsteps of Two Days, One Night [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile
]
 by the Dardenne brothers, which was last year’s candidate, and The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Felix van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
festival scope
film profile
]
 by Felix Van Groeningen, which was one of the five finalists in 2014.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

This is the third time that Belgium has chosen Jaco Van Dormael as its representative, following Toto the Hero in 1991 and The Eighth Day in 1996. He also received the Special Oscar for Best Foreign-language Short Film for Maedeli-La-Breche in 1980.

Having been presented as a world premiere in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in May, the film has racked up some superb figures since its theatrical release on 2 September, both in Belgium (157,000 viewers) and in France (610,000 viewers). The Brand New Testament, which has dominated the top spot in the Belgian box-office charts since its release, pulled off the best ever opening for a French-language Belgian movie (read the news). Its catchy and implausible tagline ("God is alive. He lives in Brussels") and attractive cast (Benoît PoelvoordeYolande MoreauFrançois Damiens and Catherine Deneuve) have managed to draw in the crowds.

Distributed abroad by Le Pacte, The Brand New Testament has been sold in over 50 territories. It will have its US premiere at the Austin Fantastic Fest, and is one of the 52 movies vying for the European Film Awards. Produced by Terra Incognita FilmsClimax Films and Caviar in Belgium, Après le Déluge in France and Juliette Films in Luxembourg, The Brand New Testament received backing from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film CentreWallimageRTBF, Casa Kafka, Voo-Betv, Belga Films Fund, the VAFScreen Flanders, the Fortis film fund and Orange Studio.

The Oscars ceremony will take place on 28 February 2016 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The nominated films will be unveiled on 14 January.

(Translated from French)

Producers on the Move
 

latest news

 

more news

Newsletter

Follow us on

facebook twitter rss

Swiss Films Cannes