Wallimage supports Giordano Gederlini’s sophomore feature as well as 10 other projects
- The Walloon regional fund supports 11 projects including 8 features, amounting to a record-breaking total of €1,670,000
During its 99th session, held in exceptional circumstances, the Walloon regional fund Wallimage has chosen to distribute an amount higher than usual to support 11 audiovisual projects, including 8 feature films, in particular Entre la vie et la mort, the sophomore feature from screenwriter Giordano Gederlini, who showed his talents with Mothers' Instinct [+see also:
interview: Olivier Masset-Depasse
film profile], Above the Law [+see also:
interview: François Troukens
film profile] and Les Misérables [+see also:
interview: Ladj Ly
film profile]. The thriller, set to star Spanish actor Antonio de la Torre and Marine Vacth, is produced in Belgium by Frakas and co-produced in France by Noodle Productions.
Also supported is L’Empire du Silence, a documentary by Thierry Michel, produced by Les Films de la Passerelle. The Belgian director returns to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country he has already long scrutinised and traveled, to investigate the double homicide of two United Nations experts in March 2017.
Regarding co-productions, Wallimage is supporting the new collaboration between the Belgian team of Wrong Men and the Irish Savage Productions, The Ten Steps, a horror film directed by Brendan Muldowney (Pilgrimage [+see also:
film profile]). Frakas is also helped on a second project, Vous n’aurez pas ma haine, adapted from the eponymous story from French journalist Antoine Leiris, which centres on the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, a film directed by Kilian Riedhof and co-produced with Haut et Court (France) and Komplizen Film (Germany). Frakas’ sister company Gapbusters will also be supported for Piove, directed by Gustavo Hernandez, co-produced in Italy by Propaganda Italia, and by Mother Superior Films in Uruguay.
The fund is also supporting Philippe Faucon’s new film, Harkis, starring Vincent Rottiers and Benoît Magimel, produced by Istiqlal Films (France) and co-produced in Belgium by the Dardenne brothers and Les Films du Fleuve; as well as L’Enfant Caché, from Luxembourgish producer and director Nicolas Steil, handled by Iris Productions in Luxembourg and Iris Films in Belgium.
Finally, the last feature film to be supported is animated film Chickenhare, the new project from the studio nWave (which is now putting the finishing touches to Bigfoot Family [+see also:
interview: Ben Stassen
film profile], the sequel to Bigfoot Junior [+see also:
interview: Ben Stassen
film profile]), co-directed by Ben Stassen and Benjamin Mousquet, based on a script bought from Sony Pictures.
(Translated from French)
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