After having shaken up the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and the 3rd edition of the Magritte du cinéma with A Perdre la Raison, Joachim Lafosse is writing his new screenplay inspired by the famous Zoe’s Ark affair, an association that made headlines in October 2007 when the Chadian police arrested the participants of a “humanitarian” operation who were preparing to take 103 Chadian “orphans” to Europe. The director of Nue Propriété and Élève Libre returns to the story to examine with a magnifying glass the mechanisms that lead people of good will to venture into slippery terrain. With a cast composed of Vincent Lindon, Valérie Donzelli, Emilie Dequenne, Reda Kateb, Yannick Renier, Catherine Salée or Stéphane Bissot, Joachim Lafosse, still produced by Versus (you don’t change a winning team), will shoot nine days in Belgium and 35 days in the Moroccan desert. An adventure that will begin in mid-March 2014 and could interest the programmers of a certain French festival since the zero copy of Knights will be ready in March 2015.
Filmed entirely in Belgium, more precisely in Brussels, Black is a 100% Belgian project, initiated in Flanders by Caviar, but shot in French by totally bilingual non-native directors. Adil El Arbi and Billal Fallah are no strangers. Their short film Broeders (winner of the Ghent Film Festival) earned them a valuable VAF Wildcard with which they made their first feature film, Image. Since they don’t like to waste time, they have already written a new script that tells the complicated love story between Mavela, a member of the Black Bronx gang, and Marwan, from a rival gang. In a violent universe, anchored in a Brussels reality that the directors promise to retranscribe without falseness or pretence, she is brutally forced to choose between loyalty and love. The film will be interpreted by actors from Brussels that the production casts on the field. It will be shot this summer in the capital.
The third project is also 100% Belgian! Le Choix de Peindre is a documentary made for television by Henry de Gerlache and produced by Alizé. He will follow in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh in the Mons Borinage region. This little-known episode in the painter’s life dates back to the fall of 1878. Van Gogh then leaves on foot to evangelize the most destitute miners who live between Cuesmes and Hornu. For two years, it is in the heart of misery and the bowels of the earth that he will decide his destiny: to become a painter. His choice of life will forever transform his history and that of art. This project comes at the right time to enjoy maximum exposure with Mons 2015. At that time, the painter was much talked about in Belgium, but also throughout Europe.
The last project selected during this 16th joint session is out of the ordinary. It was brought to us by Nexus Factory, who has been working on this crazy project for a long time with his accomplices, the Luxemburgish Bidibull and the French Partizan.
The director of Moonwalk will be the French Antoine Bardou-Jacquet who wrote the script, but the cast will be Anglo-Saxon, led by the American Ron Perlman (Hellboy, the series Sons of Anarchy), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in the series Harry Potter) and Robert Sheehan discovered in the series The Misfits and Love/Hate or the Red Riding trilogy (based on the work of David Peace).
The scenario is very surprising since we follow an American agent who is a bit crazy sent to England to meet… Stanley Kubrick. We are in July 1969 and the CIA is very afraid that the Apollo mission cannot land on the moon. So she decides to have the director of 2001: A Space Odyssey film a fake moon landing. Just in case…
Of course, everything will go wrong on a background of psychedelic rock, illicit substances and small schemes between dangerous crooks ready to do anything. This delirium will be shot in April and May, partly in Belgium (13 days). Dame Blanche Genval and Digital Graphics will be heavily involved in the post-production process.