44th Wallimage session: Rock, comics, mother's song, father's curse : the foam of the days, what...

  • 06.03.2012

L’écume des jours is an impressive project that was brought to us by Scope Pictures. Like Chasing the Marsupilami which comes out this April 4th, or Once Upon a Time, which is a great popular success in our country. This feature film by Michel Gondry(Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind, The Science of Dreams) is, as the title suggests, a transposition of the cult book by Boris Vian. All this is already very exciting, but the casting is (almost) even more so. Around Romain Duris, we find Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy, Audrey Tautou, and even Benoit Poelvoorde in a second role. The film will be partly shot in Belgium and some of our leading technicians will be there: Christophe Beaucarne (cinematographer), but also Roger Schins (general manager), Pierre Mertens, Thomas Gauder and Marc Bastien (sound). The special effects will be designed in Liege.

The other irresistible co-production is in a very different framework: it is a live-action adaptation (but with animation) of Boule et Bill that Nexus Factory has offered us. Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier attracted more than 500,000 spectators with their first feature film: Imogène McCarthery. They have inherited a big budget and a duo of attractive actors to play the parents of Boule: Marina Fois and Franck Dubosc. To play the young boy, the producers found their happiness in Belgium: Charles Crombez is 9 and a half years old and has the right stuff. He is a student at the free school of Soignies-Carrière. Passionate about theater, he attended the academy of Braine-Le-Comte. It is thanks to his diction teacher that he signed up for the casting. This fan of Louis de Funès and Harry Potter will share the stage with three cocker spaniels raised in our country. 22 of the 54 days of shooting are scheduled in Belgium.

The third minority co-production is a film with a less spectacular profile, but with a very attractive script and cast. The Conquerors is the second film of director Xabi Molia, who began his career with Eight Times Standing, which won awards at the Tokyo and Stuttgart festivals. A polemicist and writer, he has also published a number of highly acclaimed novels with Gallimard and Seuil. Denis Podalydes (Galaad) and Mathieu Demy (Noah) play two losers in their forties, half-brothers, who are convinced that their misfortunes are due to a curse: to ward it off, they decide to embark on a foolish adventure. Produced in France by the director’s sister, the project was brought to us by Iota Productions

The last two projects chosen by Wallimage will allow the fund to help reveal new Belgian talents who are embarking on the adventure of feature films.
It is Versus Production that proposed Bici, the story of a young rocker a little too round to have an easy life with boys. But the singer compensates for this “social handicap” with a strength of character and an amazing caustic humor. Dominique Laroche, who has directed a few short films since 2002, is still looking for the perfect alchemy for the four members of the rock band that she will follow here. Only certainty, it is the Brussels Ambre Growels a strong head with a lyrical voice who will play Bici. 30 of the 35 shooting days will take place in Wallonia and the technical team will be mainly composed of local experts: Paul Maernoudt (sound), Françoise Joset (set design), Élise Ancion (costumes), Erwin Ryckaert (editor), Marc Bastien and Thomas Gauder (sound): did you say dream team?

A song for my mother which will be shot during 29 days in Belgium, will be the occasion for the general public to discover the highly anticipated Joël Franka whose short film La Sortie has won awards in a wide variety of festivals from Canada to Japan, including the United States, Denmark and France. Joel has everything he needs to make a successful entrance: a crazy script inspired by Little Miss Sunshine, a lively and humorous writing style, and an enticing cast led by (watch out!) François Damiens, Patrick Timsit and… Dave. Yes, THE Dave who plays his own role with (we can imagine) all the derision of which we know him capable. Alizé Production initiated the project which will be co-produced in France by La Bonne Pioche.

This sums up the essence of this 44th session.