Belgium feats abroad
by Marie-France Dupagne
There’ve been excellent results for Belgium cinema on the foreign market. The figures are shown in the exports and the high presence of films in international festivals. Lo dimostrano le esportazioni e la forte presenza delle pellicole nei festival internazionali. L'autre by Benoît Mariage has been selected for Sundance, which is taking place from January 15 to 25, 2004 in Park City (Utah). The film was chosen out of around 5,000 candidates. This result has been welcomed by the film’s producer, Dominique Janne (K2), who is also the director of the Festival of European Films in Brussels, an event that is inspired by Robert Redford’s festival. This second feature length film by Benoît Mariane was released in Belgium cinemas on October 22, continues his strong international career: after being shown at San Sebastian, Namur, Gand and London, L'autre won the Special Jury Prize and the Signis Prize at the Amiens Festival.
The Flemish film The Alzheimer Case [+see also:
film profile] by Erik Van Looy has been a hit at the domestic box office (an audience of around 500,000 to date) and this success has been compounded by ARP buying the rights for distribution in France. The film is due to be released in France on April 24, 2004 in 150 prints, an exceptional result for a Flemish film. This is the continuation of ARP’s policy of spreading Belgium films abroad, after Rosetta by Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Rosie by Patrice Toye.
(Translated from French)
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