The Child King
At Tuesday’s ceremony of the 2005 Joseph Plateau Awards, an initiative of the Ghent Film Festival , The Child [+see also:
interview: Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile] by Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne walked away as the Belgian film of the year (see Focus). The film won five of the most prestigious awards: Best Belgian Film, Best Director, Best Actor (Jérémie Renier), Best Actress (Deborah François, in her film debut) and Best Screenplay.
In the other categories, George Van Dam won the Joseph Plateau Award for his score for Yvan Le Moine’s Friday or Another Day, while Danny Elsen was voted Best Belgian DoP of the year. This year, Elsen worked on Dominique Deruddere’s The Wedding Party [+see also:
film profile], Friday Or Another Day, Hans Herbots’ Verlends Weekend – a big success with the public – as well as Jan Verheyen’s Buitenspel [+see also:
film profile], which also won the Audience Award. Finally, Best Short Film of the year went to Forever by Jonas Govaerts.
Although one can rejoice over the success of the Dardenne brothers’ wonderful film, it is, however, a pity that the ceremony left some beautiful, nominated films by the roadside, notably high quality features that showed off Belgium’s creative dynamism, such as Someone Else’s Happiness [+see also:
film profile], the first feature from young Flemish director Fien Troch (see interview) and Bouli Lanners’ Ultranova [+see also:
interview: Bouli Lanners
film profile] (see Focus).
(Translated from French)
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