43rd Wallimage session: Belgian stars for French directors... and vice versa.

  • 09.11.2011

Like her husband, Luce is a veterinarian. She is expecting her first baby. As soon as she gives birth, she progressively loses it. Every day her depression becomes more frightening, and she soon proves unable to take care of the child, and even dangerous for little Rose. Frakas productions(Bye Bye Blondie) offered us to co-produce the first feature film of the young and promising Liège native Delphine Noels, co-written with David Lambert(Hors les murs): Post Partum. This drifting mother will be played by Mélanie Doutey: the role of her life?

In an equally dark tone, La Parti Production has started work on Fabrice Du Welz‘s third feature film. Alleluia is the second part of a trilogy started with Calvary, the story of the wife of the innkeeper Bartel who crosses the road of a gigolo crook who will have the features of… Bouli Lanners. Virginie Efira as a luminous and (inevitably) attractive widow is also in the cast.

Like Bouli, Benoit Poelvoorde will soon have the opportunity to slightly change his register with a character of a slightly lunar photographer, in love with his neighbor. A Place on Earth by Fabienne Godet(Versus) is a romantic and offbeat Fenêtre sur Cour that will be shot in the Marolles. With also Céline Valette, Guillaume Gouix and Héléna Noguerra.

With Les Films du Fleuve, the Dardenne brothers have already co-produced key works such as Costa-Gavras‘ Le Couperet, Ken Loach‘s Looking for Eric, Renato De Maria ‘s La Prima Linea and Pierre Schoeller‘s L’Exercice de l’ Etat. The company’s latest cross-border collaboration is Jacques Audiard’s De Rouille et d’Os, in which two of Belgium’s finest actors are involved: Matthias Schoenaerts (!!!) and the Walloon stakhanovist Bouli Lanners in an important second role. The first female role, tragic, will be played by Marion Cotillard.

Another big French project with a Belgian star in the lead, Populaire, Régis Roinsard ‘s first feature film, should please fans of the Mad Men series. Déborah François (that’s her!) will be coached by Romain Duris in the hope of winning the 1958 World Typing Championship. Supposed to take place in New York, the final of this competition will be filmed in Liege at the Palais des Congrès. In Belgium, the film is co-produced by La Compagnie Cinématographique and Panache Productions.

Thus ends for this year 2011 the production sessions that will have helped to launch nearly thirty feature films, the first of which was released last week(L’Exercice de l’État). The second one(Les tribulations d’une Caissière) is scheduled for December 14 and most of the others (excluding anim) will follow during 2012.