Total 47 film projects selected for Federation Wallonia-Brussels support.
The film selection committee of the Federation Wallonia Brussels hasselected 19 features, 10 shorts, 14 documentaries and four TV films for script, development or production support for a total amount of €3,267,000 ($4.2m).
Among the selected projects are new projects by Jaco Van Dormael, Thierry Michel, Olivier Masset-Depasse and Pauline Etienne.
Among the features selected for support are surrealist comedy Le Tout Nouveau Testament by Jaco Van Dormael, which he co-scripted with Thomas Gunzig and for which shooting in Belgium with Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve and Yolande Moreau has already started.
Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, whose Amer and L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps won festival prizes, will make a film noir with the adaptation of a novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, Laissez bronzer les cadavres.
Production support will also go to Animal, Frédéric Dumont’s second feature effort following Un ange à la mer, as well as to Kebab Royal, a new surrealist tale by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth about the King of the Belgians who gets lost in the Balkans.
On top of production support, script support will, among others, go to Olivier Masset-Depasse, who recently completed TV film Sanctuary for Canal+ with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel and who has now started co-writing the script for a new feature Irremplaçable with Giordano Gederlini.
David Lambert (Hors les murs, Je suis à toi) has started working on Les petits, an uplifiting story about an Antillean musician who is on the brink of ending in the street.
Sophie Schoukens, whose Marieke Marieke received critical acclaim, is currently developing her second feature, Hotel Esperance, about a young girl who sets out in search of her father.
In his new documentary, Thierry Michel again heads to the Congo to follow the track of Docteur Mukwege, The Woman Repairer (i.e. victims of collective rape). The atrocities committed on the Republic of Congo’s borders are also the focus of attention in novelist Jonathan Littell’s film in which he follows the tracks of L’ennemi invisible, Joseph Kony, chief of the Armée de résistance du Seigneur.
The complete list of projects approved during the commission’s second 2014 session can be consulted on www.centreducinema.be