19th session for Wallimage/Bruxellimage : six winners

  • 28.01.2015

L’Aréoport (yes, yes “réo”) is the new film of the tandem Éric and Ramzy.

Eric Judor will direct this zany comedy that is presented as a prequel to The Tower of Montparnasse Inferno. We discover Eric and Ramzy, skilled fighter pilots about to participate in a space program. But during a final test in a centrifuge, the two men go into overdrive and lose the thread of the experiment. They will come out… different.

Thanks to Nexus Factory, which is co-producing the film in Belgium, the entire shooting will take place in Belgium and the majority of the technicians who will be part of the adventure will be from Brussels and Wallonia. A large part of the post-production will also be done in Wallonia and Brussels.

Why Belgium? Eric Judor explains it frankly in his note of intent (attention: scoop): “I always thought I was Belgian. Until the day when my Guadeloupean father and my Austrian mother asked me to stop speaking with an accent….”
And so it goes on for a full page. In addition to analyzing numbers, we laughed a lot. Thank you.

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The Survivors will be the first feature film by Luc Jabon, co-president of the André Delvaux Academy which organizes the Magritte du Cinéma. He gathered a very attractive Belgian cast with some Luxembourg actors: Fabrizio Rongione, Erika Sainte, Christian Crahay

High quality for this attractive subject: after 18 years of detention, an ex-revolutionary militant, gets out of prison and finds himself confronted with the disappearance of his old ideals. The Belgian-Luxembourg shooting will start next month.

Alain Marcoen, an accomplice of the Dardenne brothers (and of Luc on the documentary The Age of Reason), will be in charge of the photography. The editing and sound will be done at the studios l’Équipe. Iris Films produces. Shooting in February.

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The Wallimage/Bruxellimage Board of Directors was thrilled by another Belgian film, a comedy quite atypical in our landscape: Faut pas lui dire. Don’t tell him what? No, but that’s the title of the film: Faut pas lui dire.

Produced by Entre Chien et Loup, this first feature film by the lawyer Solange Cicurel, who made the short film Einstein was an immigrant, features four thirty-somethings from Brussels, quite chic and very funny. At this point we know the names of three actresses: Marie Gillain, Tania Garbarski and an actress still mysterious, live in Brussels and prepare the wedding of their cousin played by Stéphanie Crayencour . There they discover that the future husband is gay and that he has a beautiful lover.

Should you tell your friends everything? That is the question.

The male cast is just as attractive as the ladies: Fabrizio Rongione, Laurent Capelluto, Charlie Dupont, Clément Manuel, Fabio Zenoni, Geert van Rampelberg. Crazy, right? And 100% Belgian to boot.

If the shooting which will take place in September is in Brussels, the post-production will be ensured in Wallonia by Dame Blanche. Nice inter-regional project with a strong commercial potential.

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There is also a question of marriage in the following film. But the tone is very different.

When Valentine married Jules at the age of 20, it was the end of the 19th century. One hundred years later, a young Parisian woman, Valentine’s great-granddaughter, runs across a bridge to throw herself into the arms of the man she loves. Between these two moments, men and women meet, love and embrace each other, thus fulfilling the destinies of love and establishing a genealogy… an eternity…

Surprisingly enough, the author of this ambitious project brought to us by Artemis Production is the Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Anh Hung. Shot mostly in Belgium, this drama will bring together for the first time an impressive French cast: Audrey Tautou, Mélanie Laurent, Bérénice Béjo, Melvil Poupaud, Louis Garrel… The post-production will be divided between the studio l’Equipe and Dame Blanche Genval, the digital effects will be entrusted to the Brussels branch of Mac Guff, a new French company that is setting up shop here.

It already floats around the film like an irresistible Cannes perfume, right?

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Produced by Arte for television broadcast in France and Germany, The Road to the Lakes could be released in theaters elsewhere.

Rooted in the most tragic current events, this drama follows a mother who sees her daughter disappear. We find her in Turkey, ready to go to Syria to help the martyred people. The mother is incredulous: she did not see coming the radicalization of her daughter, now veiled and renamed. With a friend, she decides to leave for the edge of the Orient to bring it back to Belgium.
After the triumph of L’Emprise (8.6 million viewers on TF1, a 33% market share), Scope Pictures is back with a new high-end TV movie to be directed by… Rachid Bouchareb. Yes, definitely.

In front of his camera:  the Montoise Pauline Burlet, Patricia Ide, the director of the theater “Le Public” and an actress whose name has yet to be confirmed who will play the mother of Pauline.

Nineteen of the thirty-six days of shooting will take place in Belgium with a largely Belgian technical team.

When we have told you that this story is adapted from a real story that took place in Wallonia, you will understand the director’s desire to anchor his story completely in our country.

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After La Trêve, which Wallimage/Bruxellimage decided to co-produce during its last 2014 funding session, here is Ennemi Public, another of the series imagined in the framework of the call for projects from RTBF and the Wallonia-Brussels federation.
We will follow Guy Maréchal, public enemy n°1, who has reached the end of his prison sentence. His transfer on parole to the abbey of Vielsart caused a stir, especially in this small village in the Ardennes.
If most of the monks are unhappy about the arrival of the “monster” in their peaceful community, Lucas, a young monk and former psychiatrist, wants to believe in Marechal’s sincere redemption.  But when a little girl disappears in the vicinity of the abbey, the whole village of Vielsart goes up in flames.

Of course, one can’t help but have in mind the Dutroux/Martin affair, but on a pretext that comes close, the series never tries to copy reality.

One thinks here rather of a clever mix of The Missing, Ainsi soit-ils and The Killing, Scandinavian version. The rhythm will be inevitably rather slow, the atmosphere heavy and worrying. The shooting will start in July and will last 60 days, in Wallonia, for a broadcasting on La Une, at the beginning of 2016.

The technical team and the directors are 100% Belgian, like the main actors: Stéphanie Blanchoud, Angelo Bison, Jean-Jacques Rausin, Olivier Bonjour
Even if we remain doubtful about the possibility of creating a competitive series for a budget of 200,000 euros per episode, this project developed and produced by Playtime (Entre Chien et Loup will take care of the executive production) seems very promising.