48th Wallimage investment round : the Dardennes, Abel Ferrara, Marion Cotillard, Willem Dafoe, Matthias Schoenaerts and … Boubou

  • 03.07.2013

The Dardenne brothers’ newest project, Deux Jours et Une Nuit, produced by Les Films du Fleuve, was obviously much coveted. The title says it all: during a very short time span, a young woman who has been fired from her company will try and sway the minds of her colleagues, who voted for her departure rather than to lose their yearly bonuses. An unfortunately very common theme these days, with an international impact, more so even thanks to the participation of Marion Cotillard as the leading lady. Buyers worldwide are trying to acquire the rights to the film, which will entirely be shot around Liège, with domestic technicians. For the first time, there are a lot of supporting roles as well, allowing Belgian actors to find a spot in a prestigious project. The other two leading parts are for Fabrizio Rongione (Mister Loyal from the Magrittes, known by the Dardennes) and Christelle Cornil (Au Cul du Loup). Catherine Salée, starring in the recent Golden Palm at Cannes, also plays a role.

Bouboule came to us via Versus. It is a rare Belgian-Swiss co-production, made by a young Belgian filmmaker who lives in Switzerland, Bruno Deville. The film will be shot entirely in Belgium. It deals with the story of Kevin, alias Bouboule, 12 years old and 100 kilos. Since his father left, he is surrounded by women, dividing his life between his oppressive mother, his stuck-up sisters, his doctor appointments and aqua gym lessons, and the not so coveted position as the neighbourhood’s punch bag. The main character, found in Belgium by Kadija Leclere is one David Thylemans: he looks the part. Swann Arlaud and Julie Ferrer also have roles in the film which will partially be post-produced in Genval at the Dame Blanche studios.

One of the big surprises of this round came from Tarantula, who proposed a film by .. Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, The King of New York, DSK), dedicated to … Pasolini. Now that is certainly a scandalous project with a precious artistic contribution by Igor Gabriel. As a co-production, Belgian technicians and post-production companies will work on this adventure, telling the story of Pasolini’s last day through a kaleidoscope of images about his life, his fantasies, his films and projects. The Italian director will be played by Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, Antichrist), who is not only a fantastic actor but also the spitting image of Pasolini and who has been living in Rome for several years.

The other prestigious co-production for this last session comes from Scope Pictures who brought Une Suite Française to Belgium, while it originally was slated to be filmed in Eastern Europe. The cast is stunning: Michelle Williams (My week with Marylin, Blue Valentine), Kristin Scott Thomas (Dans la maison, Only God Forgives) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone). The shoot started on 24th June, and 26 out of 41 scheduled days will be filmed in Wallonia with Saul Dibb, whose previous work includes The Duchess.

Thus ends a truly riveting season, full of even more ambitious and diverse projects. Next on our calendar, at the start of the new season, are the mixed investment session for Wallimage/Bruxellimage on 9th September and the classic investment round for Wallimage on 30th September. Be ready!