A foal named Pom and an Irish Rosetta
by Anne Feuillère
A total of eight new films open on Belgian screens today, including three distinctly different European titles.
First up, Belga Film is releasing the family flick The Foal by Olivier Ringer on 12 screens. Produced by Belgian outfit Ring Production – Ringer’s own company co-directed with his brother, also the film’s co-screenwriter – in co-production with French outfit La Chauve Souris. The film was also backed by La Communauté française de Belgique et les Télédistributeurs wallons, Wallimage and Promimage.
Starring Richard Boringher and Belgian actors Morgan Marinne (The Son [+see also:
film profile] by the Dardennes brothers) and Philippe Grand'Henry (The Missing Half by Benoît Mariage), The Foal is a children’s film about draught horses set in the Ardennes.
A cross between an adventure and a western, the director told audiences at the film’s preview screening at the recent Brussels European Film Festival that The Foal aims to depict stories and show places in Belgium so that young audiences have an opportunity to discover them.
The second main European release of the week is the beautiful and dry Pavee Lackeen [+see also:
film profile], dubbed the Irish Rosetta. Perry Ogden’s (see interview) film shows a day in the life of Winnie, depicting the struggle and misery of the Irish travelling community.
The outfit’s line-up also includes other European titles, such as A Perfect Couple [+see also:
film profile], a French production by Japanese director Nobuhiro Suwa; the Hungarian title Taxidermia [+see also:
film profile] by Györgi Pálfi (see Special Report on Hungary), slated for release on August 30; Adam's Apples [+see also:
interview: Anders Thomas Jensen
interview: Mads Mikkelsen
interview: Tivi Magnusson
film profile] by Anders Thomas Jensen, due to arrive on screens on September 20 (see Focus); the Norwegian feature The Bothersome Man [+see also:
interview: Jens Lien
interview: Jørgen Storm Rosenberg
film profile] and Germany’s Pingpong [+see also:
interview: Matthias Luthardt
interview: Sebastian Urzendowsky
film profile] (both still without release dates).
(Translated from French)
Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.