Hilde Van Mieghem adapting Tom Lanoye’s smash-hit novel Sprakeloos
by Aurore Engelen
- Viviane De Muynck and Stany Crets play opposite one another in Sprakeloos, an adaptation of the Tom Lanoye novel directed by Hilde Van Mieghem and being produced by Caviar
25 July saw the start of the shoot for the new film by Hilde Van Mieghem, Sprakeloos, in Oordegem (Flanders). Van Mieghem initially made a name for herself as an actress, having performed in a plethora of Flemish movies in the 1990s and 1980s (she has worked with such names as Jan Verheyen, Dominique Deruddere and Erik Van Looy), as well as on television. In 2004, she directed her first feature, De Kus. She immediately went on to direct Dennis van Rita [+see also:
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The film is an adaptation of Tom Lanoye’s autobiographical novel Sprakeloos (which has sold over 125,000 copies), which tackles the stroke suffered by the novelist’s mother and her subsequent loss of speech, turning a once strong woman into a mere shadow of her former self. This affliction plunged the author – who was already under a lot of pressure, as he had to send in the manuscript of his new novel – into a profound spiral of questioning his life choices. The story also takes a look back at the writer’s childhood and his relationship with his parents. The role of the mother has been entrusted to Viviane De Muynck (who appeared recently in The Ardennes [+see also:
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Sprakeloos is being produced by Caviar Films, with backing from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Screen Flanders and the MEDIA programme. It will be distributed by Paradiso Filmed Entertainment and is slated for a theatrical release in spring 2017.
(Translated from French)