17th Wallimage/Bruxellimage session: atypical and eclectic

  • 03.04.2014

Save Wendy is a project that should surprise many viewers. First feature film by Patrick Glotz, produced by Alligator, this tender but rather crazy comedy was shot in the fall with a very nice cast: Jean-Luc Couchard, Sam Louwyck, Michel Schillaci, Erika Sainte, Stéphane Bissot, Lio, the young Camille Schotte, but also Arsène Mosca and Iljir Selimovski. On the menu, small-time scams, great loves and social struggles in a ruthless world: ours. To put in images and in sound this funny scenario, the production called upon a 100% Brussels-Walloon team and all the post-production will also be done in Belgium. Save Wendy is expected to be released in September, a period rich in festivals and various cinematographic events.

We will also laugh a lot, but for other reasons, with Trippel Trappel, a 2D animated film whose first images promise a lot of fun. Produced in Belgium by Luna Blue and Vivi Film(Minuscule 2, Brendan), this story of three friends who go in search of St. Nicholas has everything to seduce kids and their parents, beginning in December. When you know that the three protagonists, are three pets, a little jealous to see that only humans receive gifts from the great Saint, you will understand better the metaphorical shift of the adventure which of course, will speak essentially of mutual aid and friendship. The Flemish and French voices will be recorded at SonicPil and Sonicville, while the experts at Digital Graphics (three-time Oscar nominees in recent years) will work on the coloring of the film. A guarantee of quality

After Morrocan Gigolos which attracted more than 10.000 spectators in Belgium, Ismael Saïdi is about to shoot a new comedy in Belgium. In the meantime, he will go to Morocco to produce and film The Queen of the Sands, a script he wrote. No laughter here, but the cruel journey of Rachid who sees his bride married by force to an old village chief. While the lovers meet in secret, the kingpin orders that Rachid be made to disappear. Luckily, he survives and makes a new life in France. With only one objective in mind: to find the love of his life one day. In his luggage Ismael will bring his favorite actors Reda Chebchoubi and Audrey Devos, but also Mourrade Zeguendi. He will also do most of the post-production at our place.

A co-production of Artemis in Belgium and Samsa in Luxembourg, Demain après la Guerre (Tomorrow after the War) takes a critical and lucid look at the immediate post-war period in this tiny country that borders ours. Christopher Wagner ‘s ambitious second feature tells the story of the murder of a farmer and his family in 1945 and the return home of Jules, who ran away to escape compulsory enlistment. When he returns home, he finds a region ravaged by the Battle of the Bulge and deeply divided by four years of occupation. The filming will take place in two stages: during the summer, then during the winter of 2014. On the menu: great historical reconstructions and an uncompromising autopsy of a troubled era.

In another register, Tout de suite should also be extremely rough. Co-produced in Belgium by Nexus, which collaborates with La Petite reine, this ultra-realistic film noir, bordering on documentary, will put into perspective the tragic case of Youssouf Fofana, known as the “gang of barbarians”. The real story is tragically famous: a (poorly) organized gang kidnaps a young Jew in the hope of obtaining a handsome ransom. But the victim’s family has no money and the operation turns into a game of massacre. Adapted from the novel by Morgan Sportès, the film will be directed by Richard Berry who will also play a secondary role while all the main roles will be played by little known actors. To punctuate its participation in the project, Nexus embarked on the adventure with local technicians, organized nine days of shooting in Belgium and repatriated part of the post-production.

The last project selected by the board of directors, Lee & Cindy C. is a musical film submitted by Oud Belgïe production. In spite of the name, which seems unprecedented, we are not talking about beginners, but about a joint-venture between Eyeworks (Peter Bouckaert, to whom we owe Marina or Het Vonnis) and the company of the director Stany Crets, an artist famous in Flanders for his involvement in the world of music and image. Equally at home in mainstream productions as in more sophisticated works, Stany tells the story of the unlikely romance that will unite (or not) Cindy C., a popular singer whose career is taking off again, and Lieven, alias Lee, a young schoolteacher who holds the microphone in a stirring rock band. The well thought-out promotion plan of this attractive film could help Lee & Cindy T to become a success at the Flemish box-office as well.