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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Belgium lends its support to Emmanuel Marre’s first feature film


- Brussels’ regional investment fund is supporting Carpe Diem, by the young Belgian director, as well as Fabrice du Welz’ new work lends its support to Emmanuel Marre’s first feature film
Director Emmanuel Marre

In its last session of 2019, the fund has selected 8 co-production projects. Among the chosen works are 3 fiction features, 2 animated films, 2 TV series and one documentary, including the first full-length film by Emmanuel Marre, and Fabrice du Welz’ new work.

Carpe Diem, the first feature film by the young director Emmanuel Marre, paints the portrait of 26-year-old Cassandre, an air hostess working for a budget airline. She lives each day as it comes, flitting between flights and parties like there’s no tomorrow. For her Tinder pseudonym, she chooses the name Carpe Diem, fully identifying with her company’s motto: "The world won’t wait". Having won numerous prizes for his short films The Summer Movie and Castle to Castle, including the prestigious Jean Vigo Prize for the first, the director is taking the plunge into the world of feature films flanked by his producer Benoît Roland (Wrong Men), and in co-production with his usual partners at Kidam (France).

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For his part, Fabrice du Welz - whose most recent film, Adoration [+see also:
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, is currently gliding through various festivals, scooping award after award ahead of its release in France and Belgium on 22 January next year - is already working on his next feature film, Inexorable. The film tells the tale of Marcel Bellmer, a writer emerging from a period of depression, many years after experiencing success, who decides to move to a new house with his family. It’s at this point that Gloria is hired as a cleaner. Young and fragile, she perturbs Marcel, troubling him to the depths of his soul. This time round, the director will be working with the Liege-based company Frakas Productions and French firm The Jokers.

Other selected projects include Lilith & De Gebroeders Schimm, a family film by Michael Van Ostade, produced by Minds Meet (Belgium) and Volya Films (Netherlands), as well as the two animated works, Titina by Norway’s Kasja Naess, produced by Vivi Film (Belgium) and Mikrofilm (Norway), and Around the World in 80 Days by French director Samuel Tourneux, produced by Cottonwood Media (France) and Umedia (Belgium).

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(Translated from French)

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