41st Wallimage session: humor, love, adventure and a battle.

  • 10.03.2011

First of all, we are delighted with the return of Frédéric Fonteyne. Produced by Patrick Quinet for Artémis, Quartier Libre plunges us into prison to learn tango. Presented this way, the pitch seems bizarre. If we specify that a slightly lunar guard (François Damiens) falls under the spell of a visitor (Anne Paulicevich), who comes to greet her husband and his lover (Jan Hammenecker and Sergi Lopez) locked up in the same cell, it is understandable that moviegoers are looking forward to seeing what the director of Max and Bobo, A Pornographic Affair and Gilles’ wife will make this rather delirious dramatic comedy.

As its title suggests, Hors Les Murs also evokes the prison world. But this is not the real subject of the film. David Lambert ‘s first feature film is produced in Belgium by Frakas with Red Star Cinema for France, the duo behind Bye Bye Blondie. In addition, Boréal Films, a Quebec partner, will provide an additional window to this love drama that is in the universe of Xavier Dolan. After Vivre encore un peu, a short film that brought crocodile tears to the eyes of more than 25 international festivals, Hors Les Murs plunges us into the heart of a tumultuous passion, shaken up by the surprise incarceration of one of the lovers. To admit that through this touching scenario and a convoluted note of intentions, we are watching for the birth of a new filmmaker that we suspect is major is not to betray a secret. If Quartier libre will employ the dream-team of Belgian technicians, Hors Les Murs will rely, for its part, on the young rising generation. The succession is assured!

Faced with these two mainly Belgian feature films, the Wallimage board of directors chose to co-produce a French blockbuster brought to us by Scope Pictures. The interest of supporting Vivre c’est mieux que mourir is that the production will massively invest in Wallonia through its shooting, the renting of equipment and post-production elements which will be realized by Benuts digital, a company which settles in Mons. Under its (provisional) title which evokes James Bond, Living is better than dying is a tribute to the films of the great Belmondo of the 60s, such as The Magnificent, for example. But the commercial asset of the file is still elsewhere since it is in fact the new delirium of the dream team that has been successful in France with L’Arnacoeur: same director(Pascal Chaumeil), same writers, and a similar cast with Romain Durys, François Damiens and Julie Ferrier. Only the main female actress changes with the arrival in the team of a certain Marion Cotillard who we are assured is already somewhat known in the business …

The fourth project selected is very special. Entitled Waterloo, it will make us relive one of the most famous battles of all times with pomp and historical accuracy. Initiated by Creation and Memory and co-produced by a series of Belgian economic actors such as Araneo or RTBF, the film will be directed by Hughes Lanneau(Modus operandi, director of the RTBF‘s JT). It will be based on the documents filmed during the gigantic reconstruction of last June, but will go far beyond this framework, thanks in particular to the interventions of DreamWall and Digital Graphics, two leading companies based in Marcinelle and Alleur. Released in theaters in 2013, Waterloo should be the international spearhead of the bicentennial of the confrontation, which will be celebrated with great pomp in 2015.