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FUNDING Belgium

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre supports 48 projects, including Fabrice du Welz’s new movie

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- The centre has announced the results of its first committee of 2019; it is throwing its weight behind 17 new features

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre supports 48 projects, including Fabrice du Welz’s new movie
Director Fabrice du Welz

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre is lending its support to 48 new film projects, 17 of which are features. Most notably, production support has been granted to the new movie by Fabrice du Welz. While we wait with bated breath for the autumn release of his latest film, Adoration [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Fabrice du Welz
film profile
]
, which stars Thomas Gioria, Fantine Harduin and Benoît Poelvoorde (see the interview), the director will also be shooting his new outing, Inexorable, over the same period. It follows the trials and tribulations of Marcel Bellmer, a famous author who, ever since the staggering success of his first novel, has never really managed to bounce back. The sudden and unexpected appearance of Gloria, a young cleaning lady who reminds him uncannily of his first love, will drag him into a vicious circle. Interestingly, the filmmaker will be partnering up for the first time with Liège-based production outfit Frakas Productions.

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The other features in receipt of production support are C’est de famille, the feature debut by Elodie Lélu, produced by Isabelle Truc for Iota Production; Entre la vie et la mort by Giordano Gederlini, another first feature, by the screenwriter of Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ladj Ly
film profile
]
and Above the Law [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: François Troukens
film profile
]
by François Troukens and Jean-François Hengens, again produced by Frakas; Les Poings serrés, the sophomore feature by Vivian Goffette (Dragon Films Production); and finally, Megalomaniac by Karim Ouelhaj (Les Films du Carré), a movie that has already been shot and has received support for the finishing stage.

Among the forthcoming projects that have received support at the writing or development stage, we should single out Mobutu, Becoming a Leopard, the feature debut by actor Marc Zinga, produced by Artémis Productions, which takes a look back at the tortuous life story of the Congolese dictator. Another project set against the backdrop of dictatorships, but on another continent and during another period in history, is Hitler et Mussolini by Frédéric Fonteyne and Anne Paulicévich. As we await the release of their latest film, Filles de Joie (see the news), the two auteurs are working on recounting the life story of an art historian who is forced to show the Nazi dictator around the most beautiful museums in Rome and Florence, under duress. The movie will be staged by Versus Production.

(Translated from French)

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