Screen Flanders supports the upcoming films by Stijn Coninx, Jan Verheyen and Eran Riklis
by Aurore Engelen
- The Flemish regional economic fund is investing €1,985,000 in ten new Belgian and international productions
The Screen Flanders regional economic fund will invest a total of €1,985,000 in ten new audiovisual productions, including the upcoming movies by Stijn Coninx, Jan Verheyen and Eran Riklis.
Verheyen is currently shooting De Collega’s 2.0, a “teambuilding” comedy based on a successful 1970s series, which is being staged by Fobic Films. Coninx, whose new, eagerly awaited event movie, Don't Shoot [+see also:
film profile], will be released in October, is preparing a new film for young audiences, Sinterklaas en de wekkergek, a sequel to the adventures of Saint Nicholas, which he has already filmed one instalment of. Sylvester TV will handle production duties.
The other Belgian projects being backed are De Patrick, the feature debut by Tim Mielants (Peaky Blinders, Legion), which will be staged by Savage Film, and the action flick U-235, helmed by Sven Huybrechts and produced by the team behind Gangsta [+see also:
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film profile], A Team Productions.
The most prominent of the international co-productions is Spider in the Web by Israeli director Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree [+see also:
film profile]), an action-thriller currently being shot, with principal photography taking place primarily in Antwerp. The movie, starring Ben Kingsley and Monica Bellucci, is a co-production between Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal; it is being staged in Flanders by Ciné Cri de Coeur. Among the other projects accepted is an Irish-Belgian-Luxembourgish co-production, The Domestique by Kieron J Walsh (co-produced by Caviar), which offers a personal interpretation of the famous 1998 "Tour of Doping", as well as the musical drama 10 Songs for Charity by the Netherlands’ Karin Junger (Bolletjes Blues), co-produced by Minds Meet.
Also set to receive support are the BBC series Baptiste (a spin-off of The Missing), the German children’s film Immenhof by Sharon von Wietersheim and the animated series The Ogglies.
(Translated from French)
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