12 Magritte for Wallimage and Wallimage/Bruxellimage

  • 06.02.2012

The novelty this year is, of course, that Rundskop, a predominantly Flemish feature film co-produced by the mixed fund, won four Magritte awards in a ceremony organized by the French-speaking part of the country. No ostracism, that’s understood and Michael Roskam has magnificently summarized this truth with a simple sentence, but repeated a little everywhere since last night: “This prize is very important. It is the proof that to make a Belgian film, you need… Belgians”. His film, which straddles Limburg, West Flanders and the province of Liege, with Flemish and Walloon actors, is a striking example of successful integration. The same goes for the production structure initiated by Savage Films and relayed in Flanders by Eyeworks and in Brussels by Artemis.

IF you think these awards are concessions to political correctness, then you didn’t listen during the ceremony: each of Michael Roskam ‘s film’s nominations was greeted with slightly warmer than average applause. We’re not even talking about the mere mention of Matthias Schoenaerts ‘ name, which raised the temperature of the room by a few degrees. Rundskop is a real phenomenon. Before its recent release in theaters, it had already attracted 500,000 spectators in Belgium. All year long, he has been collecting trophies all over the world, Matthias has become one of the hottest actors of the moment and, as you know, Bullhead (that’s its international title) has been shortlisted for the final round of the Oscars in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”.

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[Matthias Schoenaerts with Stéphanie Hugé, co-production manager at Wallimage]

From the beginning, Wallimage/Bruxellimage was very enthusiastic to support the project, economically interesting and artistically promising. A gamble that is bearing fruit far beyond all expectations.

The other camp that was exultant Saturday night was the Giants. Obviously, no one had foreseen that Bouli’s wonderful film would be the big winner at the awards ceremony. Five titles, therefore, to be credited to this adventure that we have always defended tooth and nail: best photo, best supporting actress for Gwen Berrou, best music for Bram Van Parys (The Bony King of Nowhere) and above all, the incredible double: best direction and best film.

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[After this incredible avalanche of prizes, Bouli had the fries!)

Bouli is a filmmaker of the Wallimage generation: he came to feature films with Versus in the 2000s and has always been fervently supported by the Walloon fund. The recognition he received yesterday from all the professionals of the Belgian cinema is a new stone in the edifice of a Belgian cinema that is transforming itself and approaching the general public in great steps.

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[Thomas Doret comes to collect his prize. On stage, he will be a hit].

In addition to these nine high-profile awards, the feature films co-produced by Wallimage won a series of other awards: Thomas Doret (Le Gamin au Vélo) is more than logically crowned revelation of the year, Quartier Lointain wins the prize for best set design for the wonderful work of Véronique Sacrez and Jérémie Renier pockets the Magritte for best supporting actor for his Clocloesque composition in Potiche.

In short, no reason to be picky after the ceremony. At the same time as the Magritte awards, which take advantage of this second edition to acquire national legitimacy and an international impact, the two French-speaking regional funds see their support for Belgian cinema widely recognized by all professionals. In some sports, this is called a grand scheme.

The complete list of winners is HERE L

Opening photo: ©www.deuxiemeombre.com
The others : ©Philippe Pierquin