Belgium’s Film Selection Committee backs 51 projects for its last session of 2015
by Aurore Engelen
- The committee has offered support worth a total of €3,769,250 to 18 feature-length fiction projects, 12 shorts, 16 documentaries and 5 experimental films
Six majority features will receive production aid from the Film Selection Committee of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Film and Audiovisual Centre, including the new movies by Olivier Masset-Depasse and David Lambert.
In his fourth feature, Irremplaçable, Olivier Masset-Depasse tells the story of Alice and Céline, whose friendship will be smashed to smithereens when the son of one of the women is accidentally killed, while the other witnesses it, powerless to act. The film is an adaptation of a successful thriller by Belgian novelist Barbara Abel and will be produced by Versus. Troisièmes noces, the third feature by David Lambert, will tackle the theme of a marriage of convenience between two people who could not be more different from one another, but who nevertheless end up loving each other in their own way: Martin, a widowed and fanciful homosexual in his fifties, and Tamara, a 20-year-old Congolese woman. Like Lambert’s previous films, Troisièmes Noces will be produced by Frakas. It is also interesting to note that the committee will be backing Drôle de père, the second film by Amélie Van Elmbt (who turned heads with Headfirst [+see also:
film profile]), produced by Les Films du Fleuve, in addition to the feature debut by Sarah Hirtt, Make it Better (produced by Artemis), whose short film Waiting for the Thaw was accepted into the official selection at Cannes.
As for the documentaries, we should highlight the return of Philippe de Pierpont (whose second fiction feature, Welcome Home [+see also:
film profile], has just been released in Belgian theatres), who, in La Vie est un jeu de cartes, follows the development of six street children in Bujumbura. With La lettre à l’Empereur, Alain de Halleux condemns the Fukushima disaster and Japan’s rearmament through the struggle of actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto. In Fedosov, Sarah Moon Howe looks back and retraces the footsteps of a Ukrainian human rights activist whom she filmed and then lost touch with, and whose death is reigniting quite a few questions. Lastly, Olivier Magis recounts the story of a community deported from the Chagos Archipelago by the British colonial authorities in his feature Fields of Hope.
In 2015, 139 film projects were granted aid, for a total sum of €9,691,050, thus making the Wallonia-Brussels Federation the number-one source of support for film production in French-speaking Belgium.
(Translated from French)