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CANNES 2016 Belgium

The Dardenne brothers are everywhere at once at Cannes

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- Once again, the Dardennes’ new film (The Unknown Girl) has been selected, in addition to four co-productions by Les Films du Fleuve

The Dardenne brothers are everywhere at once at Cannes
The Unknown Girl by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

While it may not be a surprise, it’s certainly satisfying. Nothing can be taken for granted, and yet Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have seen every one of their movies selected in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival since Rosetta (three years earlier, La Promesse was chosen for the Directors’ Fortnight). Of course, on paper, The Unknown Girl [+see also:
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trailer
Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
had it all in anticipation of a selection: a memorable heroine, like the ones in Rosetta, The Silence of Lorna [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arta Dobroshi
interview: Arta Dobroshi
interview: Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne
interview: Olivier Bronckart
film profile
]
, The Kid with a Bike [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
and Two Days, One Night [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile
]
, moreover played by a true rising star of an actress (recent César winner Adèle Haenel), familiar territory and, as the icing on the cake, an almost police-like investigation. Haenel is flanked by some of the directors’ loyal Belgian actors, such as Jérémie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Christelle Cornil and Thomas Doret. Just like the brothers’ previous films, The Unknown Girl was co-produced by Archipel 35 in France (and by Eyeworks in Belgium), with backing from the CCA, the VAF and Wallimage. The Dardennes’ own company, Les Films du Fleuve, was the main producer of the movie.

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And actually, Les Films du Fleuve has some surprises up its sleeve this year, as the outfit has no fewer than four co-productions in the official competition and in Un Certain Regard. First of all, in competition it boasts I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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by British director Ken Loach, whose films they have been co-producing for several years, and Bacalaureat [+see also:
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Q&A: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Cristian Mungiu
film profile
]
by Romania’s Cristian Mungiu. In the Un Certain Regard section, they are present with Pericle the Black [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Mordini
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]
by Italy’s Stefano Mordini and The Dancer [+see also:
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film profile
]
by Stéphanie Di Giusto.

We should also point out that the Brussels-based outfit Entre Chien et Loup will be in attendance on the Croisette once again with two co-productions: Beyond the Mountains and Hills [+see also:
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film profile
]
 by Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin and Elle [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
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by Paul Verhoeven. Recently, the company also co-produced Xenia [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Panos H. Koutras
film profile
]
by Panos H Koutras and The Congress [+see also:
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by Ari Folman.

Furthermore, the animated film The Red Turtle [+see also:
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by Dutch director Michael Dudok De Wit was co-produced by Belvision. Lastly, Belgium will also be present in the official selection with Alexandre Gilmet’s short film Poubelle, in the Cinéfondation.

(Translated from French)

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