Fantastic Wallonia

Let’s go, let’s go! Don’t be like “I didn’t see anything”. Like “Belgium has never produced a fantastic film worthy of the name”. Like “Wallonia is just a land of auteur cinema”. From the fantastic to the black thriller, we love it!

Genre films are a passion for us. Assumed and assuaged!

If our job is to boost the regional audiovisual industry, we can also do it by co-financing works that will come to cover our cinematographers with blood, titillate the imagination of the special effects managers on the sets, carry out their VFX in our studios… To stimulate vocations!

We won’t be modest: the line-up of our only genre films is impressive. To convince you, we offer you a quick overview of our catalog. It looks like a special issue of Mad Movies, but it only features feature films co-produced and partly directed here. Co-financed by Wallimage !

Seven Sisters

Release date: 2018

In the near future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to adopt drastic measures on the one-child policy, 7 septuplet sisters live in hiding. In turn, according to the days of the week, the sisters assume the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Until the day Monday disappears…

The assets of this dystopian thriller are multiple: unpredictable scenario, exceptional performance of Noomi Rapace who plays seven characters, supported by stars such as Glen Close or Willem Dafoe, important Walloon involvement, in particular for the special effects studio Benuts who had fun working on the modification of the sets.

In the end, Tommy Wirkola’s film is a real success, fun and unbridled, which had an unexpected and overwhelming success in France with 1,863,356 admissions.

Mandy

Release date: 2018

Shooting in Belgium a movie supposed to take place in the United States with Nicolas Cage in the lead? On paper, the project is striking!

Unable to be financed on the other side of the Atlantic, the film was brought to us by Umedia, which offered Panos Cosmatos, its young author, the means to fulfill his dream without constraints of any kind. The result: this feature film, filmed mainly in Wallonia, by Belgian teams, with Belgian actors, has become a real phenomenon. Selected at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, it made the buzz and was chosen, in the process, to appear on the poster of the prestigious Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. Unimaginable a few months earlier!

Psychedelic and excessive in all its options, Mandy divides the spectators, fans of the genre or not, but it is considered today as the best film of Nicolas Cage since one or two decades. And, in gender-sensitive circles, it is an inexhaustible topic of lively conversation for all. In addition to an armada of technicians who will not soon forget this ineffable odyssey, Mandy also allowed Walloon audiovisual companies to participate in an extraordinary adventure. An ultimate experience that calls for many others.

Muse

Release date: 2018

In the family of great genre directors, we ask the Spaniard Jaume Balaguero. The nameless sect, Darkness, Rec 1, 2 and 4, Fragile, Malevolence… So many titles that make aficionados shiver. If the Catalan filmmaker plans to come and shoot part of his new feature film in Wallonia, the excitement is guaranteed.

Behind this opportunity lies the first collaboration between Jean-Yves Roubin(Frakas) and the lively Irish producer Brendan McCarthy(Fantastic Films), a complicity that will quickly lead to two other very promising films Sea Fever and Vivarium. At the heart of this co-production, some Walloon technicians, special effects signed Mikros Liège and, as a cherry on the cake, a VR companion largely financed by Wallimage, directed by Jaume Balaguero with the technology of Mikros Liège.

Released in Spain in a hurry, Muse did not have the overwhelming success of its author’s previous films. It is however a dive, a little classic certainly, but devilishly effective in a dark and dangerous universe where some Muses reign without pity. An inspiring film.

Grave (raw)

Release date: 2017

If we want to find in this long list the decisive film that put Wallimage on the map of the genre, it is likely that Grave is the one.

Forty days of shooting in Wallonia, all the VFX at Mikros, the post-prod sound at the studio l’Équipe de Rosières: Jean-Yves Roubin(Frakas) used all the assets of the region to support his French(Rouge International and Petit film) or Swiss(Hugo) partners.

The result is a film without any concession, with a striking realism that plunges a young vegetarian undertaking veterinary studies into an emotional whirlwind that will overwhelm her.

A genre film and a favorite of the arthouse circuit, Grave reveals both the talent of director Julia Ducourneau, who immediately became an icon in France, and that of young actress Garance Marillier. That’s a lot for a first film that also manages to create a tenacious polemic between fans of pure genre films and fans of categorical transgressions. Full house!

Welp (Cub)

Release date: 2014

Historically, Welp is not the first Belgian slasher. In 1982, Guy Lee Thijs inaugurated his cinematographic career with a Giallo-filled Murder in the Pencil that oscillated between homage and nanars. But Welp, shot in 2013 and produced by Potemkino with AT Production, is clearly of a different stamp: the young Jonas Govaerts knows his classics and when he evokes his idols it is through clever winks that create a real connivance with his audience.

It is in the Walloon forest that he plunges a troop of Antwerp cubs taken to task by a gang of local hooligans. Bad idea, because this small wood is the stronghold of the skinner, a very sadistic bloodthirsty madman and of the wolf child who serves him to bring down the victims that he is going to martyr.

Nice casting (Jan Hammenecker as a serial killer, Titus de Voogdt, Evelien Bosman just before Marina…), photo signed by the maestro Nicolas Karakatsanis, Welp hits the nail on the head and remains in the memory.

A handful of Walloon technicians and Dame Blanche Genval, in charge of the sound post-prod, supported Jonas Govaerts who proved a few years later with the formidable Tabula Rasa series that he would be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come. A star is born !

My angel

Release date: 2017

Belgian fantasy is often inseparable from a certain poetry. Mon Ange (produced by Climax and Terra Incognita, entirely in Belgium) is one of the best cinematographic proofs.

“An invisible boy falls in love with a blind girl. Just the pitch of the film, signed by the director Harry Cleven and the ineffable Thomas Gunzig, is a small wonder. He doesn’t say much, however, about the subtle and inventive staging that will make this story credible and touching. The choice of Juliette Van Dormael to film this story is also a factor.

Proof that it’s possible to achieve great things on a shoestring budget (less than 900K€). A rare and therefore precious director, Harry Cleven had not made a film since 2005 and his disturbing Trouble, historically the first genre film co-financed by Wallimage. Even in rare cases, one can have continuity in ideas.

The most murdered woman in the world

Release date: 2018

When Jean-Jacques Neira(Fontana) is contacted by Netflix to set up the production of a film reserved for the VOD platform, everyone holds their breath: the big shake-up is coming to Belgium as well. Because yes, already in 2016, Netflix is a myth, the great invisible sea serpent that will devour or on the contrary revitalize the entire film industry. Choose your side!

At Wallimage, the surprise is quickly swept away by the enthusiasm. With a French artistic team, a Walloon line producer (Nicolas George) who composes a team essentially from Liège, the shooting takes place without a hitch. And if the budget is not exceptional for a work of this ambition, the inventiveness of the troops makes it possible to complete the film within the allotted time.

Mikros Liège (VFX) and Dame Blanche (sound) will bring the final touch to the edifice that makes Wallimage the first regional fund to invest in a Netflix project, an experience renewed since with Julien Leclercq’s La terre et le sang.

The Hole in the Ground

Release date: TBA

Presented in World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last January (the same festival that launched Mandy last year), The Hole in the Ground was praised by the press who compared it to Hereditary, Badabook and It follows, three references that have irradiated scary movies in recent years. This psychological thriller on the edge of horror is co-produced in Belgium by Wrong Men, which has teamed up for the third time with its Irish partners from Savage Films.

A young single mother is convinced that her little boy has been transformed by something sinister coming out of the depths of a mysterious hole in the ground. An overworked mom’s delusion? Maybe… Not sure…

Post-produced in Belgium (the VFX are signed Mikros Liège), The Hole in the Ground with its frightening final is likely to chill more than one spectator, informed or not.

Dreamland

Release date: TBA

Films are like music. Some are designed to please the widest possible audience, others try to surprise at all costs, to shake up, to disturb by blurring the borders, the tracks and the habits. Dreamland is of this kind.

A jazz virtuoso turned heroin addict, a vaguely humanistic hitman, a grotesque gang leader who wants to get revenge on the musician who disrespected him by having his finger cut off, vampires, a wedding, theatrics, Bruce McDonald (Pontyfool) does not shy away from anything to surprise the one who ventures in front of the screen.

To flesh out this unlikely story, he didn’t skimp on the casting either: a double dose of Stephen McHattie opposite crazy rockers Juliette Lewis and Henry Rollins. It is strong, powerful, stainless. Scheduled for its world premiere at the Brussels BIFFF in 2019, Dreamland proved that immersing film noir in a psychedelic atmosphere and pushing all the sliders to the max resulted in a work that defies benchmarks and explodes habits. Just for that…

The room

Release date: TBA

Filmed in English in Belgium, presented in World Premiere at BIFFF 2019, The Room is a fantastic film signed by the intriguing French director Christian Vockman(Renaissance). It reunites Kevin Janssens, the Flemish star who already seduced the French genre audience in Revenge, and the French-Ukrainian James Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko.

The sexy young couple is determined to finally enjoy life by moving into a beautiful isolated house. A strange building which shelters a rather special room, invisible on the plans. At first glance, it is paradise, the answer to all the little worries of everyday life. But, as one suspects, hell is not far away.

A stifling, inventive and at times terrifying quasi-enclosed space, The Room, co-produced in Wallonia by Versus, culminates in an unhealthy, breathless finale. False leads and false pretenses, mirror effects with frightening distortion, a film under high tension that allowed Mikros Liège to have a lot of fun with the special effects.

Vivarium

Release date: TBA

The fate of genre films is not easy to imagine when you read a script. Who could have foreseen that Mandy and The Hole in the Ground would be selected at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and especially that Panos Cosmatos’ psychedelic delirium would then find itself at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes? Even if it is not traditionally a very hospitable land for the genre, the Mediterranean Festival remains a goal for any filmmaker with a little ambition.

So imagine the smile that must have painted itself on Lorcan Finnegan’s face when he learned that his second feature would be scheduled for Critics’ Week on the Croisette in 2019. Co-produced like Sea Fever and Muse by Fantastic Film in Ireland and Frakas in Belgium, Vivarium reunites Imogen Poots(Green Room) and Jesse Eisenberg(The Social Network, Justice League…). The young couple will find themselves stuck in a residential area from which it is impossible to leave. Trapped in this new look Hotel California, their life will fall into a surreal hell.

Shot in part in an empty warehouse transformed into a studio in the Liège region, Vivarium is also very Walloon in nature with some of its special effects by Benuts.

Freaks Out

Release date: TBA

Who are the monsters? Those who have physical abnormalities and are willing to expose them to make a few bucks to survive or those who shamelessly exploit them?

When a few circus freaks find themselves homeless after their circus goes bankrupt, they offer to join a German circus passing through Italy. But the director of this small company has other ambitions than just entertaining the people: an absolute fan of Adolf Hitler, he aspires to discover superheroes that will help the Nazi regime win the war.

Co-produced in Belgium by Gapbusters, Freaks Out is Gabrielle Mainetti’s second feature film. A unique phenomenon in Italy, Jeeg Robot has amassed 5 million Euros at the Italian box office, won seven Donatellos, sold in 10 countries and has been acquired by Netflix. Not bad for an independent film that owes more to the resourcefulness of its creator than to a substantial budget. Having become a star in just one film, Gabrielle Mainetti is now putting the finishing touches to Freaks Out. Once the film is edited, the sound postproduction and VFX will be done in Wallonia.

Sea Fever

Release date: TBA

The Frontiers Market has become the place to be for all professionals who love the genre. Each year it takes place in three stages, in Montreal, Cannes and in a major European city for its packaging and financing phase. It is in this context that the legend of Grave was born.

Today, the new film that everyone is talking about on this platform of specialized producers, international sellers, distributors and directors is Sea Fever. Produced in Ireland by Brendan McCarthy for Fantastic film, co-produced in Belgium by Frakas, Sea Fever won the Frontières prize in 2018 and was the subject of an edifying case study in Helsinki in 2019 hosted by… Wallimage.

It’s amazing because the pitfalls that the producers have avoided in order to bring the project to fruition are both numerous and unexpected. The game was worth the candle, however. Imagine a marine biologist trying to save the crew of a trawler from a horrible parasite that has been introduced into the drinking water tank. The pitch is reminiscent of Alien or The Thing, but in the open sea, where few people can hear you scream.

Directed by Neasa Hardiman, whose international salesman says that she is capable of lifting mountains and that once you have listened to her, you only want to follow her to the end of the challenge, Sea Fever will allow the sculptural Dane Connie Nielsen to attend the biggest genre festivals in 2020.

Cosmogony

Release date: TBA

It is not easy to produce a genre film in France when you aspire to a theatrical release. Numerous failures have chilled distributors and investors to the point of sometimes forcing producers to change their tune.

Written and directed by Vincent Paronnaux, a successful comic book writer famous in the 9th art under the name of Winshluss (Pinocchio) and co-director of Persepolis or Poulet aux prunes, Cosmogony was finally shot in Wallonia with a duo of Belgian actors who speak English: Lucie Debay(Melody) and Arieh Wortalther(Girl, Transfer).

Underneath its unleashed survival look, Cosmogony reverses the balance of power when the hunted beauty manages to protect herself by joining forces with the immeasurable powers of Mother Nature.

A French(Kidam), Irish(Savage) and Belgian(Wrong Men ) co-production, Cosmogony is an ambitious gamble that may surprise us well beyond the clichés of a genre that the director intends to pervert with the malice that we know.

Jumbo

Release date: TBA

When Zoe Wittock, a young Belgian filmmaker, decides for her first feature film to tell the story of a young girl’s love for… a merry-go-round, we open our eyes wide with astonishment. This improbable romance is based on a true story of objectophilia, that of Erika Labrie, Olympic archery champion and married in 2004 to … the Eiffel Tower.

The curiosity that surrounds this project by the French actress Noémie Merlant and Emmanuelle Bercot is total, so much so that Mad Movies, the cult magazine of genre cinema in France, has devoted six pages to its filming carried out in part in Wallonia in the Park of Plopsa Coo.

The special effects of this film co-produced in Belgium by Kwassa with its French(Insolence productions) and Luxembourg(Les films fauves) partners are signed by Benuts and promise to be quite amazing.

Skinwalker

Release date: TBA

When a murder occurs in her town, a psychologically fragile young woman is suddenly confronted with her traumatic childhood. Sinking into very dark thoughts, she even begins to wonder about the so-called death of her brother some time before. What if he was responsible for this crime? To find out for sure, she returns to the country. But instead of finding answers, she finds herself facing her past and hidden fears.

Initiated in Luxembourg by Calash, Skinwalker is co-produced in Belgium by the Flemish company Caviar, which decided to make most of the expenses related to the shooting and post-production… in Wallonia. Brilliant idea!

Thus, The Post Box, Genval-les-Dames and Benuts for all the VFX participate in this little delirium signed Christian Neuman which should make the delight of genre film festivals.

Kandisha

Release date: TBA

“Kandisha, Kandisha, Kandisha, Kandisha, Kandisha”. Repeat that name five times in front of a mirror and… expect the worst. Because one does not invoke with impunity the memory of a supplicated witch, eager for revenge. All those who have seen Candymanor even Beetlejuiceknow the process and might scream plagiarism, but if Kandisha pays homage to its glorious elders it is with the respect it deserves and a perfidious idea in the back of its head: to mix the genre film and all its codes with the suburban film in the style of Band of Girls.

Directed by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo(A l’intérieur, Livide, Aux yeux des vivants, Leatherface), produced by Esprits frappeurs(Dans la brume), WY Productions(Yves Saint Laurent) and Scope Pictures in Belgium, Kandisha will be partly shot in Wallonia with Walloon participants throughout the post-production.

And if you say “Wallimage, Wallimage, Wallimage, Wallimage, Wallimage” in front of your mirror, what happens?

A mermaid in Paris

Release date: TBA

The genre film is not only made to shake us up, to make us deliciously uncomfortable. Fantasy can also be wonderful, poetic, surreal, romantic, funny.

The proof is in Une sirène à Paris, an experience signed by Mathias Malzieu, best known for being the singer of Dyonisos and the director of the animated film Jack et mécanique du cœur. We know that this jack-of-all-trades artist is also an established novelist, so it will come as no surprise to learn thatA Mermaid in Paris is adapted from his own novel released in early 2019.

We discover how, while Paris is under water, a mermaid appears in the life of a sweet dreamer who falls madly in love with her, without being aware of the risks he runs.

Reda Kateb, Clémence Poésy and Rossy De Palma will be the protagonists of this fantasy filmed in an underwater Paris.

Thanks to Entre Chien et Loup, 20 Walloon technicians will work on the shooting while Genval-les-Dames and L’Autre compagnie will work on the post-production.

De behandeling

Release date: 2014

An excellent example of a whodunit oscillating between dreams and reality, fantasies and fantasy, De Behandeling is adapted from a dark novel by Mo Hayder. This thriller signed by Hans Herbots and produced by Eyeworks with Entre Chien et Loup, tells the story of a policeman disturbed by the memory of his brother’s disappearance and confronted with the death of a young child who would have been kidnapped by a… Troll.

Very dark and anxiety-provoking, the film, which reunites Geert Van Rampelberg and Laura Verlinden, is a dazzling visual success that has left its mark on all those who have had the chance to discover it in theaters or on DVD. A fine example of the audacity of Flemish cinema, which is very comfortable in all registers without ever neglecting the popular impact of a film.

Lukas

Release date: 2018

Harsh, tense, captivating, Lukas is part of a black and uncompromising tradition, rather Anglo-Saxon, and proudly displays itself as a true genre film. Co-produced in Belgium by 1080 Film, entirely shot in Belgium and mainly in Wallonia, it allows Jean-Claude Vandamme to find a powerful role that is one of the jewels of his filmography.

A bit like Mickey Rourke illuminated The Wrestler, our number one US export inhabits this weary and wounded character with the weight of his past experiences and gives him a rare bitterness and sincerity.

Directed by Julien Leclercq, who is multiplying strong successes(L’assaut, Braqueurs, Gibraltar) in a sector that is relatively unexplored in France, Lukas was co-written by Jérémie Guez, a young French writer and screenwriter whose second film, The Sound of Philadelphia, is also co-financed by Wallimage.

The Earth and the Blood

Release date: TBA

In the wake of Lukas, the French director Julien Leclercq directed La terre et le sang en Wallonie, again with the support of Wallimage.

This extremely brutal, cello-string-taut rural thriller centers on a mysterious, uncompromising character with a troubled past, no doubt. He is played by Sami Bouajila, already present in the credits of Lukas and Les Braqueurs, who is about to become the filmmaker’s favorite actor.

Co-produced in Belgium by Umedia, La terre et le sang is set in a huge sawmill, very cinematic, located in Gesves, in the Namur region. It will be released on Netflix worldwide in early 2020.

A good woman is hard to find

Release date: TBA

Beneath its snide title, A good woman is hard to find(Frakas) is a snarky, feminist little thriller in the same thematic vein as the Weedsseries… but much more violent. A bit like Ken Loach meets Tarantino and Park Chan-Wok. Can you imagine the cocktail? The challenge is obviously important for the English director Abner Pastoll.

Sarah Bolger, who changes radically after the series Once Upon a time, plays a mother in financial difficulty after the murder of her husband. In a complicated social context, strangled by a society that does her no favors, she tries to survive by becoming worse than her enemies. A mission that she carries out with great zeal until a final scene that may remain in the annals.

I figli della notte

Release date: 2017

Grandson of the great Vittorio and son of the composer Manuel, the young Andrea De Sica decided to become a director. Among others. Already the author of several shorts, he moved into full-length in 2016 with I fligli della notte, a Lynchian dive into a boarding school for rich and troubled teens, lost in the middle of the mountains.

The days of classes follow one another in a strict and boring torpor until the young people spot in the nearby forest an underworld establishment, carrying poisonous promises. With an icy (but delightful) cynicism, De Sica plunges us into a sensory and hypnotic spiral that makes us want to discover the rest of his filmography.

Atmospheric film ? Genre film? I fliglii della notte was shown at BIFFF in 2018 in a surprisingly quiet room. A sign that does not deceive…

Let the corpses tan

Release date: 2018

What happens when you mix the basic detective story (those responsible for a robbery retreat to an isolated mansion) with a fascination for the fetishistic cinema of the 70s (in this case the spaghetti western)? To find out, you should see Let the Corpses Tan, by the Cattet-Forzani duo who had previously been working to resurrect the Italian giallo(Bitter, The Strange Color of Your Tears).

An all-star cast, hyper-chic photography by Manu Dacosse (who’s having the time of his life), a hauntingly slow pace and an ultra-crisp soundtrack make this a film that stands on the bangs of the usual screen fare.

A cult film, in the true sense of the word, which still garnered three technical awards in 2019 at the Magritte Awards of Belgian Cinema.

Alleluia

Release date: 2014

Belgium has few big names clearly identified as directors of genre films. The most famous is undoubtedly Fabrice Du Welz, author of a sulphurous Ardennes trilogy initiated with Calvary and continued with Alleluia, a film produced by Panique and co-financed by Wallimage.

Bathed in a sticky fantasy atmosphere reflecting the state of mind of its main protagonists, Alleluia is nevertheless a dark, immoral, irreverent and disturbing film. Grainy image by Manu Dacosse, borderline interpretation by Lola Dueñas and Laurent Lucas, suffocating climax that can evoke that of Shining, Alleluia was selected in Cannes and Toronto, won four Magritte of Belgian cinema (best picture, best sound, best set design, best editing) and a prestigious Méliès d’Or in Sitges.

Adoration, which closes the trilogy and will hit the screens in the next few months, promises to be brighter than the two previous installments, but under the direction of Fabrice Du Welz we are well aware that this adjective is probably relative.

Innocence

Release date: 2005

In a park cut off from the world, thirty-five young girls between the ages of five and eleven learn dance and natural sciences. If the pitch ofInnocence, co-produced in France by Entre chien et loup, can leave some doubt, Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s first feature film is nevertheless classified as an “arty genre film”. He greatly impressed the juries of the festivals of Neuchatel, Stockholm, San Sebastian, Yubarui and Istambul, which gave him the supreme award.

Belgian cinematographer Benoit Debie, very much in the limelight since he photographed Gaspard Noé’sIrréversible (Monsieur Hadzihalilovic), with whom he will systematically collaborate, is at the dawn of an exceptional career, planned without the slightest misstep. The film’s strange, fascinating photography is no small part of its success, and its original approach, defined as… Strange by some rather clueless critics, will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

White Square

Release date: 2012

In 2011, Jean-Baptiste Leonetti reunites Sami Bouajila and Julie Gayet in a dystopian universe, cold and agonizing. In this dehumanized world, Philippe and Marie, two orphans, grow up together. 20 years later, they are married, but their lives have taken a markedly different course: Philippe is a cold and implacable executive. Mary is a helpless witness to what they have become to each other: strangers. Their destiny changes when Marie decides to defy the system to preserve what remains of their love. How far will they go to continue to exist as two, alone against all?

Putting the icy form of the film at the service of its purpose, White Square (Tarantula) enchanted the critics of Écran fantastique who found that “this promising first production evokes cult films such as They live! or even Green Sun while appropriating an original subject and a clean style that departs from the traditional rules of the genre.” All is said. A little known film, to be discovered!

Don't look back

Release date: 2009

While writing her first novel, Jeanne notices mysterious changes around her and sees her body transform… Those around him don’t seem to notice, which adds to his confusion and his urgent need to understand what is going on.

The subject is intriguing, the casting is appealing (Sophie Marceau opposite Monica Bellucci) and the director Marina De Van, who signed in 2002 the very disturbing In my skin, has the wind in her sails. Like Lucile Hadzihalilovic or Julia Ducourneau and Coralie Fargeat, she indisputably embodies the new French feminist fantasy wave that places women at the center of the genre film in an avowed desire to bend the codes.

Based on complex special effects (10 months of work), the film was selected for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival (out of competition) and earned more than 13 million at the box office.

The Other World

Release date: 2010

A prolific screenwriter, Gilles Marchand had already worked with Laurent Cantet(Les Sanguinaires, Ressources humaines) and his friend Dominik Moll(Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien) when he decided to direct Qui a tué Bambi.

After writing other feature films such as Lemming (Moll), Feux rouges or L’avion (Cédric Kahn), he goes back behind the camera in 2010 for L’autre monde. At that time, the subject of alienation by the virtual is very trendy and the prolific screenwriter plays this card to the fullest by confronting a teenager with no big stories but addicted to online games, to a fascinating young woman who is looking for… a partner to die in the very disturbing virtual game Black Hole.

Aesthetically pleasing, offbeat and rather nerdy, The Other World(Versus) evokes Blue Velvet by its strangeness and the fantasies it develops in this world. And in the other.

Daedalus

Release date: 2004

Guilty of twenty-seven homicides, Claude suffers from a pathology called “multiple personality disorder”. Seven personalities compete for control of his body. To try to pierce the terrible secret of this multi-faceted serial killer, two men will have to dive into the maze of her inner world: Matthias, the cop who arrested her, and Dr. Brennac, in charge of her psychiatric assessment. Little by little, they put together the puzzle of a terrifying past. But, obviously, whoever descends into such a labyrinth takes the risk of not getting out.

You probably know it (or not), René Manzor is the brother of Francis Lalanne. He had his moment of cinematographic glory at the beginning of the eighties with genre films such as Le Passage and 36.15 Code Père Noël, a French-style Maman j’ai raté l’avion, only much more snarky and unhealthy.

Featuring Lambert Wilson, Sylvie Testud and Frédéric Diefenthal, Dédales(Alexis Films) is a sophisticated psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the final, delightful twist. Since then, René Manzor has divided his time between television and literature, a field in which he continues to dig the furrow of fantasy and suspense.

Disorder

Release date: 2005

The theme of twins has been treated a lot in movies. Many directors have tested its effectiveness. Cronenberg with Dead Ringers, De Palma with Sisters of Blood or, in a completely different style, François Ozon with his incandescent Double Lover.

Harry Cleven, who loves strange atmospheres, destabilizes Benoit Magimel by making him discover late in life the existence of a twin brother he had never heard of. But delving into your past can also affect your present… and compromise your future, as the protagonists of this convoluted psychological thriller are about to discover.

A rare filmmaker, but determined to play only very personal cards, Harry Cleven will return to the forefront a few years later with the disturbing and poetic My Angel, also co-financed by Wallimage.

Where is the hand of the headless man?

Release date: 2009

The history of cinema is littered with strange and fascinating titles, but this one is undoubtedly one of our favorites. A psychological thriller that follows the journey of an exemplary high-level athlete who loses consciousness when her head hits an obstacle while training for the “10-meter”. A brutal shock which plunges her into a long coma. When she emerges, her daily life seems slightly out of place, obscured by shadows and strange events.

Produced by La Parti and directed by “the other brothers of Belgian cinema”, Guillaume and Stéphane Malandrin, Où est la main de l’homme sans tête (Where is the hand of the headless man ) slides the spectator into an increasingly offbeat, deleterious and suffocating atmosphere.

The film does not leave you unharmed, as Jean-François Khan noticed when he fell ill at the very moment when Cécile de France had her accident. The French journalist, member of the jury of the Angoulême festival, had to be taken out of the room to recover his senses.

The Manor

Release date: 2017

Even if it is not a very established tradition in the French-speaking world, genre films can also be humorous. To make the addicts of the Youtube generation howl with laughter is the main objective of the director Tony Datis, a video clip virtuoso who dreamed of making a feature film in an offbeat and personal style.

Take an old isolated mansion, a bunch of students who come to celebrate the new year and an unexpected resident with not very humanistic ambitions, immerse in it social network stars like Mister V, Ludovik, Jérome Niel or Kemar and you get a cocktail that obviously evokes famous Anglo-Saxon references (the Scary Movies in the lead), but has disarmed the old guard of critics and the traditional audience in France and Belgium.

Very offbeat, sometimes in bad taste but totally assumed in all its excesses, Le Manoir (shot in Belgium under the aegis of Nexus) is a treat for the fans of the famous Bagel studio who wondered how their idols could go to the next level.

The Canterville Ghost

Release date: 2016

Like The Manor, The Canterville Ghost is a French attempt to mix fantasy and comedy. But in a completely different atmosphere, more traditional and purely cinematographic. This adaptation by Yann Samuel of a short story by Oscar Wilde is far from being the first attempt at the genre, since three other films (the first was directed by Jules Dassin in 1940), four television films, comic books, plays and even an opera are more or less freely inspired by the same story.

This recent adaptation(Umedia) pits the beautiful Eleanor of Canterville (Audrey Fleurot), condemned to haunt her own castle with the help of her faithful servant Gwilherm (Michael Youn), against a Parisian family who have just acquired it and have no intention of being thrown off balance by improbable old legends.

In the end, The Canterville Ghost is a family comedy, mischievous, and well served by excellent special effects. It was also an opportunity for Wallimage to renew contact with a French director who contributed to the legend of the Walloon fund since it was on Jeux d’enfants, already co-financed in Wallonia, that the most famous lovebirds of contemporary French cinema met: Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet.