Ivan Boeckmans and Guy Lee Thys’ directorial feature debut, Kassablanka, scored an important double whammy after being selected to open the World Film Festival of Montreal on 27 August (the event runs until 7 September) and then to screen at the International Festival of Quebec (4-10 September).
The film, a contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet, is set in Antwerp neighbourhood known as "Kassablanka". Wout Van Loock, the son of a militant Flemish nationalist falls in love with Leilah Fawzi, the daughter of a conservative Muslim immmigrant. Kassablanka stars Roy Aernouts, Mo Barich, Amid Chakir and Patricia Chenut. The film was released theatrically onto 6 screens in Brussels and Flanders on 6 November 2002, selling 30,000 tickets and is scheduled to come out in DVD at the end of this year in Benelux. Several territories, including France, are currently in talks to buy the distribution rights.
Kassablanka is competing for the Golden Zenith award for best first film in the Cinémas d’Europe section in Montreal, as well as the Audience Award. It is just one of seven Belgian co-productions selected for this section, the other titles being Le monde vivant by Eugène Green (France/Belgium), Des épaules solides by Ursula Meier (Switzerland/France/Belgium), Infekcija by Krsto Papic (Croatia/Belgium), La Maison du Canal by Alain Berliner (France/Belgium), Le chignon d’Olga by Jérôme Bonnell (France/Belgium), any way the Wind Blows [+see also:
film profile] by Tom Barman and J'ai toujours voulu etre une sainte by Geneviève Mersch (Luxembourg/Belgium).
(Translated from French)
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