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FUNDING Belgium

CCA Film Selection Committee backs Lanners and Akerman

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The Belgian French Community Film and Audiovisual Centre (CCA) has just announced the results of the first 2010 session of its Film Selection Committee.

Among the production funding recipients are comeback films by two first-rate directors. Six years after her previous narrative feature, Tomorrow We Move, Chantal Akerman is setting to work on Almayer’s Folly, which is adapted from the eponymous first novel by Joseph Conrad, the renowned author of Heart of Darkness.

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Tracing the footsteps of a young European who sets off to pursue his dream in Borneo, the director transposes the action to the late 1950s, in English-occupied Malaysia where revolt is brewing. Shooting is scheduled for March 2011 with Stanislas Mehrar in the title role, and a “reasonable” budget of €3,475,000.

Almayer’s Folly is produced by the director’s Belgian production company Paradise Films, with support from Paulo Branco’s Alfama Films.

It’s also back to business for Bouli Lanners, who is focusing on his third directorial feature, alongside his flourishing acting career (The Ordinary People [+see also:
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, and soon Dany Boon’s Nothing To Declare). The Giants is an adventure film, the summer saga of three neglected, idle teenagers who are about to taste freedom.

Shooting is slated to start in early August in Liège and Namur, and will wrap up in autumn. The film is produced by Versus, like Lanners’ first two features, in collaboration with Haut et Court and Samsa Film.

The Committee is also backing two minority films: Narjiss Nejjar’s L'Amante du Rif (“The Lover from Rif”), co-produced by Tarantula; and Martin Provost’s The Long Falling, co-produced by Artemis. Funding has also been granted to two Flemish features as part of the agreement with the VAF: Patrice Toye’s Effacés (“Faded”, Versus) and Frank Van Passel’s Madonna's Pig (Climax Films).

Finally, production grants have also been awarded to three debut features: Xavier Seron’s Je Me Tue à le Dire (“I Say It Again and Again”, Novak); Savina Dellicour’s Tous les Chats Sont Gris (La Nuit) (“All Cats Are Grey At Night”, Tarantula); and Delphine Noels’s Post Partum (Frakas).

(Translated from French)

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