Low-key presence in the form of co-productions
by Anne Feuillère
Belgium is not very well represented this year at the Berlin Film Festival. Only two Flemish titles are majority Belgian productions: Nic Balthazar’s Ben X [+see also:
interview: Nic Balthazar
interview: Peter Bouckaert
film profile], screening in the Generation 14plus sidebar (see news), and Mumbler by Marc Roels and Wim Reygaert, which will vie for the Golden Bear Award for Best Short.
Belgium is better represented among the co-productions this year at Berlin. Alongside Amos Kolleck’s Restless [+see also:
film profile] (see news, co-produced by Entre Chien et Loup), French director Eric Zonca’s Julia [+see also:
film profile] (see news, co-produced by Saga Films and Motion Investment Group) is the other minority Francophone Belgian co-production in Official Competition.
Two Belgian co-productions also feature in the Panorama section: I Am From Titov Veles [+see also:
interview: Teona Strugar Mitevska
film profile] (see news, co-produced by Entre Chien et Loup and Climax Films) and Jean-Marc Moutout’s The Feelings Factory [+see also:
film profile]. Denis Delcamp of Need Productions is in charge of Belgian financing for the latter film, which is co-produced by RTBF, with backing from the French Community of Belgium and French company Les Films du Losange (see news).
Finally, in the Forum section, Just Anybody [+see also:
film profile] heralds Jacques Doillon’s return to French cinema. Sold in France by Pyramide International, Just Anybody is the first majority production by Liaison Cinématographique (co-producer of Restless), which represents the interests of four European producers: Samsa Films (Luxembourg), Nord-Ouest Productions (France), Entre Chien et Loup and Artémis (Belgium).
Just Anybody - produced by Patrick Quinet (Artémis Production), who managed the Belgian side of the production (see news) - received financial backing from the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels French Community, the RTBF and the Tax-shelter department of the federal government of Belgium.
(Translated from French)
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