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'Home' the latest feature by Fien Troch will be in theatres all over Belgium on 11.1.17. Discover here the venues where 'Home' will be screened.

 

In Brussels: 
Cinema Galeries
UGC Toison d'or
Kinepolis Brussels

 

In Flanders:
Metropolis Antwerpen

UGC Antwerpen

Cartoon's Antwerpen
Kinepolis Gent

Sphinx Gent

Cinema ZED Leuven
Lumière Brugge
Buda Kortrijk
Cinema Koksijde

Kinepolis Hasselt
Roxy Koersel (Beringen)

 

In Wallonia:
Grignoux Liège
Cinéma Caméo Namur
Plaza-Art Mons
Ciné Le Parc Charleroi 

 

Home won the prestigious Horizons Award for Best Direction at the Venice International Film Festival (IT), two Audience Awards and Award for Best Music at Film Fest Gent (BE) as well as The Grand Prize of the Jury at Les Arcs (FR).


The film focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults that surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off world. Into this community of two struggling generations arrives 17-year-old Kevin. He starts an apprenticeship at his aunt’s store and moves in with her and her family. Kevin quickly adapts to his new home and gets along with his cousin Sammy. Through Sammy’s circle of friends he gets to know John. Soon we discover John lives an unbearable situation with his mother and Kevin feels the urge to help his new friend. One evening fate intervenes and questions of betrayal, trust and loyalty start to direct their daily lives more then ever. 

 

Home won the prestigious Horizons Award for Best Direction at the Venice International Film Festival (IT), two Audience Awards and Award for Best Music at Film Fest Gent (BE) as well as The Grand Prize of the Jury at Les Arcs (FR).

 

The film follows a group of teenagers and the adults that surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off worlds. Into this community of two struggling generations arrives 17-year-old Kevin. He moves in with his aunt and her family. Through his cousin Sammy’s circle of friends he meets John, who lives an unbearable situation with his mother. One evening fate intervenes and questions of betrayal, trust and loyalty start to direct their daily lives more then ever. 


Home hits theaters in Belgium on 11.1.17.

 

Georges Delerue Award for Best Music

The official competition is the backbone of the festival. An international jury awards two prizes: the Grand Prix for Best Film and the Georges Delerue Award for Best Soundtrack. Each prize consists of a distribution premium and a media campaign to promote the film’s cinematic release.

 

Explore Award

Besides the International Jury there is also an Explore Zone jury with five members, consisting of young people between 18 and 26. 

They follow the Explore Zone Parcours, a selection of films from and for youngsters. In the end, the jury will hand over the Explore Award, where the distributor will get a free media campaign in De Morgen and on Studio Brussel. That way, the winning film gets a commercial push for the release.

 

Port of Ghent Audience Award

The value of this prize is €5000 for the distributor of the winning film. You can submit your vote for your favorite festival film by handing over your film ticket.


Canvas Public Choice Award

The television channel Canvas makes its own selection of films at Film Fest Gent and lets its public vote for their favourite.


 

An international jury will award the Toronto Platform Prize to the best film of the Platform section, which will be announced at the awards ceremony. The film will have its North American premiere at the festival after the world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, where the film will be screened in the Orizzonti competition.


The film stars young and emerging Belgian talent such as Sebastian Van Dun, Mistral Guidotti, Loïc Batog and Lena Suijkerbuijk. But Fien Troch also managed to get an impressive ensemble cast together, among others: Karlijn Sileghem, Robbie Cleiren, Els Deceukelier, Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Koen Mortier, Tom Audenaert, Natali Broods, Jan Hammenecker, Els Dottermans and Catherine Verbeke. Michel Schöpping designed the sound and Frank van den Eede was D.o.P. Fien Troch wrote the screenplay along with Nico Leunen, who also edited the film. Johnny Jewel (known for his contribution to Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling's Lost River) composed the score. 


Home follows a group of teenagers and the adults that surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off worlds. Into this community of two struggling generations arrives 17-year-old Kevin. He starts an apprenticeship at his aunt’s store and moves in with her and her family. Kevin quickly adapts to his new home and gets along with his cousin Sammy. Through Sammy’s circle of friends he gets to know John. Soon we discover John lives an unbearable situation with his mother and Kevin feels the urge to help his new friend. One evening fate intervenes and questions of betrayal, trust and loyalty start to direct their daily lives more then ever. 


Home was produced by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time and coproduced by Versus Production. The film was supported by the VAF / Film Fund of the Flemish Minister of Culture Sven Gatz, Casa Kafka Pictures empowered by Belfius, the Belgian Tax Shelter and the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. Cinéart will release Home in Belgium and the international rights have been acquired by Doc & Film International.

 

Home focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults that surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off world. Into this community of two struggling generations arrives 17-year-old Kevin. He starts an apprenticeship at his aunt’s store and moves in with her and her family. Kevin quickly adapts to his new home and gets along with his cousin Sammy. Through Sammy’s circle of friends he gets to know John. Soon we discover John lives an unbearable situation with his mother and Kevin feels the urge to help his new friend. One evening fate intervenes and questions of betrayal, trust and loyalty start to direct their daily lives more then ever. 


Antonino Lombardo (producer) about the selection: "I'm really happy that the Venice Film Festival selected this 4th feature film by Fien Troch. It becomes every day more difficult to finance art house films and to bring them to the audience. To be selected by one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, opens a lot of opportunities for the film!"


Fien Troch's latest film will be screened at the 73rd Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, to be held in Venice from August 31st to September 10th, 2016.

 

Home focuses on a group of youngsters and the adults that surround them. Both find it difficult to communicate and to understand each other’s closed-off world. Into this community of two struggling generations arrives 17-year-old Kevin. He starts an apprenticeship at his aunt’s store and moves in with her and her family. Kevin quickly adapts to his new home and gets along with his cousin Sammy. Through Sammy’s circle of friends he gets to know John. Soon we discover John lives an unbearable situation with his mother and Kevin feels the urge to help his new friend. One evening fate intervenes and questions of betrayal, trust and loyalty start to direct their daily lives more then ever. 


Antonino Lombardo (producer) about the selection: "I'm really happy that the Venice Film festival selected this 4th feature film by Fien Troch. It becomes every day more difficult to finance art house films and to bring them to the public. To be selected by one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, opens a lot of opportunities for the film!"

 

Release June 8th 2016.


After 10 years together, Marie and Thierry break up. She bought the apartment where they live with their two daughters, but he entirely renovated the place. Because Thierry doesn't have the means to move, they have no other choice but to live together.


PRESS:


Variety: « Imagine a prison movie where the inmates have the keys to their own cells, but prefer to remain incarcerated. That’s the impression one gets from watching Belgian director Joachim Lafosse’s “After Love,” which takes place inside a Brussels household where the emotional connection holding a couple together has gone, leaving only tension and resentment in its place. Granted, it’s a nice enough flat, with big windows and a private garden, and Polish handyman Boris (Cédric Kahn) renovated it himself for Marie (Bérénice Bejo), his partner of 15 years, so it stands to reason that he might not want to leave. Still, audiences will be clawing to get out as Lafosse’s suffocating, play-like drama unfolds — the discomfort mounting like so much poison gas as Lafosse captures the toxic hostility of ex-lovers forced to live together long after both parties have decided to separate. »


"Joachim Lafosse aborde le sujet en état de grâce" - MAD - LE SOIR

 

"C'est très fort, bouleversant" - LE VIF

 

"Une excellente mise en scène, naturelle, à fleur de peau" - LE SOIR MAGAZINE

 

"Un entre-deux qui touche au coeur et dont le souvenir habitera le spectateur pour longtemps. Très fort!" - MOUSTIQUE

 

"C'est touchant, interpellant, terriblement juste aussi. Un très grand film!" - LA DH


 

Home, the new film by Fien Troch, is the first feature to receive the e-Mission sustainability label as part of an initiative taken by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), it was announced during Cannes.

The e-Mission label is given to productions that make extra efforts to reduce Co2 (carbon dioxide) emissions.

Since 2013, producers of majority Flemish features and drama series supported by VAF, have been obliged to fill out a carbon calculator.

The VAF has hired a sustainability employee to ensure compliance of the rules.

The carbon calculators show that between 2013 and last year, average Co2 emissions per film went down from 83 tons (2013) to 54 tons.

 

 Variety: « Imagine a prison movie where the inmates have the keys to their own cells, but prefer to remain incarcerated. That’s the impression one gets from watching Belgian director Joachim Lafosse’s “After Love,” which takes place inside a Brussels household where the emotional connection holding a couple together has gone, leaving only tension and resentment in its place. Granted, it’s a nice enough flat, with big windows and a private garden, and Polish handyman Boris (Cédric Kahn) renovated it himself for Marie (Bérénice Bejo), his partner of 15 years, so it stands to reason that he might not want to leave. Still, audiences will be clawing to get out as Lafosse’s suffocating, play-like drama unfolds — the discomfort mounting like so much poison gas as Lafosse captures the toxic hostility of ex-lovers forced to live together long after both parties have decided to separate. »

 

Le Monde : « L’Economie du couple est l’anti-comédie romantique par excellence, un film sec, nourri de l’observation au microscope d’une cellule familiale. Il y a bien sûr une petite torsion de la réalité qui rend la vision du film plus que supportable, excitante : ce sont les acteurs, ces sujets définitivement rebelles à l’analyse scientifique.(…) On peut s’interroger sur l’intérêt qu’il y a à s’immerger dans une expérience aussi commune, si souvent filmée. Il ne s’agit pas ici de porter le trivial au sublime, mais d’attirer le regard sur un des mécanismes les plus communs à l’œuvre dans la fin des couples, l’inégalité économique. Cette ambition est satisfaite. »

 

Libération (Next) : « Cédric Kahn est impressionnant dans le film de Joachim Lafosse. Présence massive, virile, mais subtile, avec désarroi palpable. Entre citadelle et château qui s’écroule. »


Metronews : « COUP DE CŒUR – Joachim Lafosse signe un magnifique film sur l’amour perdu avec Bérénice Béjo et Cédric Kahn. Mais aussi avec Maître Gims, invité surprise de la plus jolie séquence du long-métrage, projeté à la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. (…) Tout en finesse, en petits gestes, en regards significatifs, Joachim Lafosse scanne ce couple à la loupe dans leur rapport à l’éducation, à l’argent, à l’amour, à l’amitié (sublime scène de malaise lors d’un dîner entre amis) ou au quotidien. C’est simple, bouleversant, universel. Et subtil. »

 

Télérama : « Avec ce huis-clos projeté à la Quinzaine des réalisateurs, Joachim Lafosse renaît de ses cendres. (…) Par moments, on a l'impression de contempler un scénario de comédie américaine à la Howard Hawks que l'égoïsme et l'aveuglement des personnages auraient transformé en tragédie. Réussite totale… »

 

Première : « L'idée est d'être le plus fidèlement réaliste et émouvant possible, sans mélo ni pathos : c'est gagné. Chaque scène immensément étirée explore la fin du couple dans toutes ses nuances, et le climax intervient lors d'une scène de danse déchirante sur Bella de Maître Gims (et ouais) qui fait monter les larmes aux yeux et touche l'indicible émotion de la fin de l'amour. »


Le Figaro : « Joachim Lafosse suit ses personnages au plus près. Ausculte leurs tourments, assiste à l'effritement des sentiments. Les plans serrés sur les visages de Marie et Boris trahissent leur détresse et leurs doutes. La séparation ne va pas de soi après tant d'années de partage. Leurs silences disent la souffrance d'être encore ensemble ou de ne plus l'être bientôt, alors que l'amour s'essouffle. »

 

Allocine : « Joachim Lafosse signe un film infiniment beau, terriblement juste et profondément triste, une variation sur le couple, à la fois universelle (de par son sujet, forcément) et intime (grâce à son traitement). Un film qui se vit, plus qu'il ne se décrit. »

 

Les Echos : « Joachim Lafosse frappe fort ! (…) sans jamais s'abîmer dans les écueils de la performance stylistique, « L'économie du couple » enregistre avec une rare justesse les doutes, les peurs et la vitalité malgré tout d'un duo en bout de course. Une réussite majeure. »

 

 
 
 

LES PREMIERS LES DERNIERS
de Bouli Lanners

 

The 4th feature film by Bouli Lanners, 'The First the Last', passed its world premiere at the 66th Berlin Film Festival on February 14th in the prestigious selection 'Panorama' and was very well received!

See below for more information about preview screenings:

 

Friday 19th of February - ANTWERP
19:15 / UGC 
Saturday 20th of February - MONS 
18:00 / Plaza Art
Sunday 21st of February - CHARLERLOI
17:45 / Cinéma Le Parc

Monday 22nd of February - LIÈGE
19:30 (places are limited!)

or at 21:45 / Sauvenière 
Tuesdag 23rd February - BRUSSELS
19:15 / UGC Toison d’Or
Wednesday 24th of February - NAMUR 
20:00 / La Maison de la Culture

 

Release January 2016.

 

Jacques Arnault, head of Move for kids NGO, is planning a high impact operation : he and his team are going to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise Dubois, a journalist, is invited to come along with them and handle the media coverage for this operation. Completely immersed in the brutal reality of a country at war, the NGO members start losing their convictions and are faced with the limits of humanitarian intervention.


Trailer Vimeo

 

Release May 14.

 

Four men, old friends, decide to climb the Mont Ventoux. On the way to the top, but mostly looking for answers to questions from past and present. They do what men do so well: alternating between heavy seriousness and trivial lightness.


Watch on Vimeo

 

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We started with the filming in Belgium for The Surprise, the new feature film of Oscar winner Mike van Diem (Karakter). Jan Decleir, who also starred in Van Diem's previous film Karakter, has a key part in The Surprise. The film will appear in theaters in 2015.

 

The other key parts are played by Jeroen van Koningsbrugge (Hemel op Aarde) en Georgina Verbaan (Hartenstraat).

 

The film tells the story of the multimillionair Jacob (Van Koningsbrugge) who closes an agreement to let him be killed. But then he falls in love with the young Anne (Verbaan), who signed exactly the same contract. When the two try to cancel the contract, they get into big trouble.

 

The Surprise is inspired by a short story by Belcampo. Karen van Holst Pellekaan (Loenatik) wrote the storyline with the director.

In Belgium the shooting will take place in Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and Beloeil. We will shoot untill the end of this month. Previous shootings took place in Germany and Ireland.

 

The Surprise is a production by N279 Entertainment and FATT Productions in The Netherlands, in coproduction with Prime Time (Brussels), Fastnet Films, Riva Filmproductions and VARA.

 

 
 

The ZigZag Kid by Vincent Bal has been awarded the Children's Jury Prize for Best Feature Film of the 2014 Children's Film Festival!

The jury's statement: "For the prize for Best Feature Film, we chose The Zigzag Kid, a film from the Netherlands. This film featured gorgeous, sleek cinematography in rich colors, an awesome soundtrack of big band and old-time country music, an exhilarating James Bond style plot, and characters that were both complex and relatable."

 

more about the festival

 
 

Fien Troch's feature film KID was awarded with a Magritte for Best Flemish Coproduction!

 

 

more about 'Les Magritte du cinéma'

 
 

The latest film of Patrice Toye will be screening in the breakthrough selection of AFI FEST in Los Angeles. 

 

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BVN, the public television channel for Dutch speakers abroad, gave Wolven (één & Prime Time) the award for most appreciated Flemish BVN program for 2012-2013.

With a score of 8,3 out of 10, Wolven received the highest appreciation of all the Flemish programs that were broadcast last year.

 

 

http://www.tv-visie.be/nieuws/belgie/wolven-wint-bvn-trofee_61173/

 
 

Charlotte who starred in Little Black Spiders by Patrice Toye won best Debut at the Ensors, the Flemish Film Awards.

 

KID by Fien Troch is nominated 6 times: Best Debut & Best Actor (both for Bent Simons), Best Film, Best Music (Senjan Jansen), Best Editing (Nico Leunen), Best Costume (Judith Van Herck).

 

Little Black Spiders, the latest film by Patrice Toye is nominated 11 times: for Best Actrice (Charlotte De Bruyne), Best Directing (Patrice Toye), Best Screenplay (Patrice Toye/Ina Vandewijer), Best Actrice in Supporting Role (Ineke Nijssen & Marjan De Schutter), Best Debut (Charlotte De Bruyne & Line Pillet), Best D.O.P. (Richard Van Oosterhout), Best Music (John Parish), Best Costume (Yan Taks) & Best Art Direction (Vincent De Pater).

 

The Award Ceremony will take place on 14 September as part of the International Film Festival of Ostend.

 

KID, The third feature film of Fien Troch, has been selected for the Official Competion of Paris Cinema (28 June-9 July). 

 

More info about the festival

 

 

 

Henri, a film by the well known actrice Yolande Moreau, will close Quinzaine des réalisateurs at the Filmfestival of Cannes. This is a prestigious side section, who in the past was a launching pad for great names as Werner Herzog, Martin Sorsese, Michael Haneke,...

For Moreau, Henri is "a tender, humoristic and sensitive film about two disoriented people". This is Yolande first solo movie experience as director. In 2004 she already completed, but as co-director, the remarkable 'Quand la mer monte'.

 

Henri is a co-production between Christmas in July (FR), Versus Productions (BE) & Prime Time.


 

 

Het eerste deel van de opnames van Kenau zijn afgerond in Hongarije.

 

Deze nieuwe film van Maarten Treurniet vertelt het verhaal van de Haarlemse Kenau:

Terwijl ze met haar vrouwenleger een heroïsche strijd voert tegen de Spaanse belegeraar, gevoed door haat en verdriet om de executie van haar jongste dochter, dreigt Kenau haar oudste dochter ook te verliezen, omdat haar angst en pijn schuil gaat achter een koppige geslotenheid.

 

Een spectaculaire, historische oorlogsfilm. Kenau, een sterke onverzettelijke heldin, voert succesvol een vrouwenleger aan in strijd tegen de Spaanse bezetter? In plaats van brute kracht gebruiken ze vindingrijkheid, humor en raffinement. Tegen deze achtergrond vindt een hartverscheurend drama plaats tussen moeder en dochter die elkaar door verdriet om gedode dochter/zus zijn kwijtgeraakt.

 

A Production by Fu works (NL), Prime Time (BE) & I'm Film(HO).

 

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At the International Filmfestival of Aubagne Kid had been awarded. The third film by Fien Troch won the price for Best Film en the price for Best Soundtrack (by Senjan Jansen).

 

More about the festival

 

Little Black Spiders by Patrice Toye won three awards at the Vancuver International Women In Film Festival. For Best Directing, Best Screenwriting & Best Feature Film.

 

This festival focuses exclusively on Female filmtalent

 

Read more about the festival

 

With her latest film, Little Black Spiders, Patrice Toye won the Atlas d'argent for Best Director iat the International Film Festival of Arras.

 

According to the International Jury Toye deserved this award 'because of her great talent as a film maker and the honest way in which she made this particularly beautifull film with very convincing acting performances.' Also Line Pillet, the lead actresse got a compliment from the jury. Her acting performances were called 'exquisite'.

 

More info about Little Black Spiders

 

The new film by Vincent Bal is about Nono, a 13 year old boy, who wants to be like his father – the best police inspector in the world – but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself... Together with master master-burglar Felix Glick - an old acquaintance of his father – he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono’s life forever.

 

Burghart Klaußner (The Reader, Goodbye Lenin!) plays the part of Felix Glick and Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Infamous,..) plays the part of Lola Ciperola; a famous singer from Nice. Fedja van Huêt plays Nono's father and Jessica Zeylmaker plays Gaby, the girlfriend of Nono's father. The 13 year old Thomas Simon plays Nono.

 

More info

 

 

At The Filmfestival of Ghent, Kid by Fien Troch gets a Special Mention by the Jury.

The international jury was made up of jury president Joan Dupont (film critic, United States), Bavo Dhooge (writer, Belgium), Bavo Defurne (director, Belgium) and Xialou Guo (writer/director, China).

 

They concluded:

“For the brave vision on family and childhood and the original, authentic direction of the actors.”

 

More info about the results

More info about the film

 

The new film by Fien Troch will be competing in the official selection at the International Filmfestival of Ghent.

 

The story is about: Kid, a little boy of seven, lives with his mother and his slightly older brother Billy on a farm outside a small town. Since their father abandoned them a few years previously, they have had to fend for themselves, and their finances are in ruins. Then fate strikes. The two little boys have to move with their uncle and aunt. Kid misses his mother more than ever, and wants to be with her again.

 

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The new film of Nicolas Provost won 4 Ensors at The Flemish Film Awards in Ostend. For "Best Director", "Best DOP", Best Costume" & "Best Music"

 

The Invader:

Amadou, a strong and charismatic African man, is washed up on a beach in southern Europe. Fate leads him to Brussels where, full of optimism, he tries to make a better life for himself. Exploited by traffickers, his daily life is slowly drained of hope, until he meets Agnès, a beautiful and brilliant businesswoman. She is seduced by his charm and force of character, while he projects all his hope and dreams onto her. The illusion quickly shatters, and Agnès breaks all contact with Amadou, who little by little sinks into destructive violence, struggling with his inner demons.

 

More info about the film

 

De latest film by Joachim Lafosse will be the Belgian submission for the Oscars in the categorie "Best Non English Spoken Film".

 

"A Perdre La Raison" is about: Murielle and Mounir who love each other passionately. Ever since he was a boy, the young man has been living with Doctor Pinget who provides him with a comfortable life. When Mounir and Murielle decide to marry and have children, the couple’s dependence on the doctor becomes excessive. Murielle finds herself caught up in an unhealthy emotional climate that insidiously leads the family towards a tragic outcome.

 

De film is inspired by the family drama in 2007, where a mother killed her five children.

 

http://www.prime-time.be/nl/perdre-la-raison

 

 

Little Black Spiders will be released in UGC & Kinepolis on 19 September.

 

Belgium, 1978. Katja, Roxy, and a group of other lively girls are too young for love, but still almost mothers. In a hidden location, pregnant teenage girls await the birth of their babies in secret. Some want to put their mistake behind them as soon as possible, but Katja, herself an orphan, clearly wants something different: she longs to have her own little baby. During the long wait, the girls share each other’s joys and sorrows. They form close friendships and distract themselves with strange games – until the bubble bursts, and Katja becomes painfully aware of the plans that the nuns are making behind their backs. She is not going to let this happen to her baby, however… Little Black Spiders is a story about the beauty and strength of unexpected friendships.

 

http://www.prime-time.be/nl/little-black-spiders

http://www.littleblackspiders.be/

 

Kid, a little boy of seven, lives with his mother and his slightly older brother Billy on a farm outside a small town. Since their father abandoned them a few years previously, they have had to fend for themselves, and their finances are in ruins. Then fate strikes. The two little boys have to move with their uncle and aunt. Kid misses his mother more than ever, and wants to be with her again.

 

Kid will be screening in 2013. For more information:  http://www.prime-time.be/nl/kid