Source: Frakas

Cassandre Warnauts and Jean-Yves Roubin

Need to know Jean-Yves Roubin set up Liege-based Frakas Productions in 2007, with a vision to make genre-driven movies and overcome the snobbery against such filmmaking in certain quarters of the Belgian industry. Roubin was drawn to directors such as Julia Ducournau, whose feature debut Raw and Palme d’Or winner Titane he later co-produced. Cassandre Warnauts joined the company as an intern and quickly established herself as a producer, working on Ducournau’s film Grave. The first feature she produced, Marta Bergman’s Alone At My Wedding, premiered in Cannes parallel section Acid in 2018. While Roubin’s main focus is the genre fare, Warnauts works on more auteur-driven films. Recent projects include Inexorable, a thriller from Fabrice Du Welz starring comic actor Benoit Poelvoorde in one of his darkest roles. Frakas was also minority producer alongside Aries Films on French historical drama Of Our Wounded Brothers, starring Vicky Krieps. In Cannes this year, Frakas has Davy Chou’s All The People I’ll Never Be in Un Certain Regard and Serge Bozon’s Don Juan in Cannes Premiere.

Key personnel Jean-Yves Roubin, founder and producer; Cassandre Warnauts, producer.

Incoming The company is developing Second World War drama Le Faux Soir, the new French-speaking feature from Oscar-nominated director Michaël R Roskam. Other upcoming projects include Du Welz’s Maldoror and Bergman’s L’Enfant Belier.

Cassandre Warnauts says “More than ever I think that working closely with our co-producers and gathering our forces around a project is essential.”