Gilles Coulier starts shooting his first feature film, Cargo
by Aurore Engelen
- Filming began this week in Belgium for Gilles Coulier's first feature-length film; it is also the first feature to be produced by the company De Wereldverde
Cargo tells the troubled tale of three brothers trying to save their family's fishing business, an unrelenting and tenacious struggle. Between familial loyalty and all-consuming passion, the three brothers must risk everything to succeed. Cargo tells the raw story of family feuds and the second-oldest profession in the world.
The film’s script was co-written by Gilles Coulier and screenwriter Tom Dupont. The project was developed as part of the TorinoFilmLab's prestigious Script & Pitch programme. The leading roles are portrayed by Sam Louwyck (currently starring in Keeper [+see also:
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Coulier made a name for himself in 2013 when he was selected to compete in the Short Film section at Cannes with Mont Blanc. Recently he has been directing the out-of-the-ordinary eight-part television series Bevergem, which was broadcast in Belgium on Canvas. The show was named as Humo magazine's Best Series of 2015.
Cargo is the first feature film to be produced by De Wereldvrede, as a co-production with Dutch production company Halal, with support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, the city of Ostend and Screen Flanders.
(Translated from French)