31st Wallimage session: 4 greats + 1 future great

  • 08.07.2008

As we all know, the decisions of the Wallimage Board of Directors are guided by economic criteria, and in particular by the audiovisual expenses incurred in Wallonia by the productions supported. But things have changed in film circles, where “auteur” cinema used to be fiercely opposed to “industrial” cinema.
The proof? While remaining more attentive than ever to the mission of developing the audiovisual sector assigned to them by the Walloon Government, our directors have just selected 4 films signed by 4 big names!
Judge for yourself: Lucas Belvaux, Eric Emmanuel Schmitt, Stijn Coninx and … Ken Loach ! And as if that weren’t enough, they’ve added the signature of a future great, Bernard Bellefroidan author with a powerful inner world, whose first feature film, The Regattawill be produced by a unique tandem: Artémis in Brussels and Compagnie Cinématographique Européenne in Tinlot.
Also new to Walloon production, Eric Emmanuel Schmitt’s second film will be helmed by Olivier Rausin and Bruno Metzger, who have just set up Oscar Films. Oscar? Not for the statuettes (although!), but because it’s the film adaptation of his ultra-bestselling Oscar et la Dame en Rose that the recently naturalized Belgian writer is tackling!
The latest revolution is that Stijn Coninx’s biopic of Sœur Sourire will be produced in Wallonia by Films de la Passerelle, a company known for its excellent documentary work! Les Ateliers de Baere, traditionally associated with Entre Chien et Loup and Agat Films, return with Rapt, a screenplay inspired by Lucas Belvaux’s story of the kidnapping of Baron Empain. And, last but not least, the Dardenne brothers’ Films du Fleuve, who brought us Costa Gavras a few years ago, are co-producing Looking for Eric, Ken Loach’s new film, with our support!