Screen Flanders supports Erik Van Looy, Gilles Coulier and Peter Monsaert
by Aurore Engelen
- Regional Flemish investment fund Screen Flanders has just announced the results of its second 2015 session: eight projects will be supported with €1.5 million
Of the eight projects chosen at the second 2015 session of regional Flemish investment fund Screen Flanders, half are Belgian majority productions. One of the projects that was chosen is De Premier, the next film by Erik Van Looy and a project that has been in the making for quite some time now, which Kinepolis Film Distribution has announced will be released in autumn 2016. The film will be a political thriller about the kidnapping of the Prime Minister (De Premier), who will be played by Koen De Bouw, a favourite of Van Looy who also featured in The Alzheimer Case [+see also:
film profile] and Loft [+see also:
film profile]. To ensure the credibility of the project, Van Looy has supposedly sought the advice of Yves Leterme, the former Belgian prime minister. The film will be produced by FBO, the new production company set up by Hilde De Laere.
Screen Flanders also fell for young up-and-coming director Gilles Coulier, to whom we owe the recent iconic series Bevergem. Cargo, his debut feature, is a family drama in which three brothers succumb to a life of crime to keep the family fishery afloat. The film will be produced by De Wereldvrede, the company co-founded by Coulier.
Screen Flanders will also be supporting the second feature film of Peter Monsaert, Le Ciel flamand [+see also:
interview: Peter Monsaert
film profile] (a Lunanime production), which will be shot this summer in Gent and the Ardennes, the story of three generations of women trying to find their place in a brothel on the Franco-Belgian border (see news article). The director will once again be working with Wim Willaert, the hero of his debut film Offline [+see also:
film profile]. The photography will be handled by David Williamson, who has also been announced for Cargo. The final Belgian film to be chosen was Charlie en Hannah geen uit by Bert Scholiers, which is being produced by Minds Meet.
Turning to co-productions, Screen Flanders will also be funding two Dutch films (Falko by Dennis Bots and Layla M [+see also:
film profile]. by Mijke de Jong), Icelandic film Ploey You Never Fly Alone by Árni Ólafur Ásgeirsson and Ives Agemans, and British film The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, by David Leveaux.
(Translated from French)