Bucquoy, Lannoo, Ben Yadir and Abel & Gordon backed by the CCA
- Between safe bets, first-timers and second drafts in need of transformation, the results from the last CCA committee promise many hours of great cinema
The CCA’s Film Selection Committee has just announced the results of its final session in 2012. Between unexpected comebacks, serene continuity, promising first drafts and second attempts, the up-coming crop of Belgian films promises to be both rich and varied.
In the field of screenwriting, 20 years after La Vie Sexuelle des Belges, Jan Bucquoy, pie-throwing accomplice and herald of post-surrealism, is making a notable comeback with Liège Bastogne Liège, which perpetuates his great adventure of “cultural entertainment in a hostile environment”. Vincent Lannoo, on the other hand, is still on his rather bulimic roll. After the revelation that Martin Swabey’s last-but-one movie Little Glory will compete for the Magritte for Best Male Newcomer, with his last film Au nom du fils [+see also:
film profile] (lit. In the Name of the Son) announced for release in Belgian cinemas this coming February, and while he is currently filming his next movie Les Ames de Papier, he has, in fact, just received a screenwriting subsidy for his next film, Longues Peines, produced by WAT Productions. Also selected for screenwriting support, Abel & Gordon are working on their next cinematographic fantasy, Lost in Paris.
On the production side, FraKas is on a roll, with two of its projects selected by the CCA: Moroccan Gigolo’s, Ismaël Saïdi’s first movie, currently being filmed, and I Am Yours, the second film by David Lambert, whose first film, Hors les Murs [+see also:
interview: David Lambert
film profile], comes out this week on Belgian screens. Pas son genre by Lucas Belvaux, an adaptation of Philippe Vilain’s novel, the tale of a Parisian philosophy teacher transferred to the provinces who falls in love, against all odds, with a young hairdresser, was also selected. A romantic comedy, produced by Artemis Productions and Agat Films, in which we should find the heroine of 38 Witnesses (One Night) [+see also:
film profile], Sophie Quinton. Artemis will also receive backing for the minority film Son Epouse by Michel Spinosa, together with Entre chien et loup, well represented with La Marche, Nabil Ben Yadir’s second feature film (Les Barons), a French production carried by Chi-Fou-Mi, with Olivier Gourmet, Vincent Rottiers, Hafsia Herzi and Jamel Debbouze.
(Translated from French)
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