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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Belgium

Veerle Baetens begins shooting her first feature, When It Melts

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- For her turn behind the camera, the Flemish actress adapts the shocking first novel by Flemish writer Lize Spit

Veerle Baetens begins shooting her first feature, When It Melts
On the set of The Melting (© Savage Film/Thomas Sweertvaegher)

When It Melts [+see also:
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by Veerle Baetens tells the story of Eva, who, several years after a scorching summer that had become completely uncontrollable, returns to her native village to face her past and leave there a message that will remain forever.

Charlotte De Bruyne, who was seen in Flying Home [+see also:
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by Dominique Deruddere, Little Black Spiders [+see also:
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by Patrice Toye, as well as Don’t Shoot [+see also:
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by Stijn Coninx, plays adult Eva, while the part of young Eva is given to newcomer Rosa Marchant. Sébastien Dewaele, very active in Flemish theatre and television, seen in the films of Koen Mortier, takes on the role of the father, and Naomi Velissariou (Cobain [+see also:
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by Nanouk Leopold) that of the mother. The characters of the other children are interpreted by Amber Metdepenningen, Anthony Vyt, Matthijs Meertens and Charlotte Van Der Eecken

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The book The Melting (Het Smelt) has been translated into more than nine languages, including English, French, German, Spanish and Danish. This first novel, harsh and upsetting, had the effect of an explosion and has imposed its young writer, Lize Spit, as one of the rising stars of Belgian literature. 

Veerle Baetens wrote the script with Maarten Loix, co-screenwriter most notably of Bitter Flowers [+see also:
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by Olivier Meyx, Mobile Home [+see also:
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by François Pirot as well as Last Winter [+see also:
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by John Shank.

Bart Van Langendonck from production company Savage Film (to whom we already owe Bullhead [+see also:
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, Patrick
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, The Ardennes [+see also:
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, Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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and Dealer [+see also:
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) handles the production of the film. French-speaking Belgian company Versus Productions and Dutch company PRPL are co-producing. Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) will release When It Melts in Belgian cinemas in autumn 2022. Paradiso Filmed Entertainment will release the film in the Netherlands.

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(Translated from French by Manuela Lazic)

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