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RELEASES Belgium

Lollypop Men hits screens

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Artemis Productions have made numerous European co-productions over the years (particularly with France), including last year’s OSS 117 and Don’t Worry, I’m Fine. The company also co-produced the eagerly awaited J.C.V.D. by Mabrouk El Mechri (which will soon be released) and Gilles Béat’s Diamant 13.

Artemis are committed to backing a wide range of quality co-productions. However, a closer look at their filmography reveals that the company have also consistently supported Belgian directors, from Frédéric Fonteyne to Alain Berliner.

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Dominique Standaert’s Lollypop Men, which is released this week in Belgium, has also benefited from this investment in domestic titles.

This comedy – which is a 100% Belgian production, right down to its cast members – is a "domestic" co-production between Artemis (on the French-speaking side) and A Private View (on the Dutch-speaking side). Lollypop Men is thus 100% Belgian in its setting, cast, humour, and also in terms of its production.

Of the 40 or so features produced every year in Belgium, the number of co-productions between Flemish and French-speaking Belgian companies remains low, although it is increasing.

Like the recent Khadak [+see also:
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by Jessica Woodworth and Peter Brosens, and Miel Van Hoogenbemt’s A Perfect Match (another co-production between Artemis and A Private View), Lollypop Men received domestic backing from the Vlaams Audiovisual Fund, the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the French Community of Belgium, the RTBF and Tax Shelter fund.

Other releases this week include Marion Laine’s Un coeur simple [+see also:
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(“A Simple Heart”, co-produced by Rezo Films and Arte) which is adapted from Flaubert’s eponymous story about a couple of women.

Also hitting screens is the sensational European title Rec [+see also:
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by Jaume Balaguero, which is preparing to terrify viewers across Europe, after frightening Spanish audiences. The film won the Goya awards for Best Female Newcomer and Best Editing.

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(Translated from French)

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