6th Walimage/Bruxellimage session: Eddy, Mario, William and the four faces of justice

  • 16.12.2010

Produced by K2, Torpedo is Matthieu Donck ‘s first feature film with François Damiens in the lead role, who put a lot of effort into co-writing this bitter-sweet Franco-Belgian road movie full of misunderstandings and improbable encounters. If you’re looking for the common denominator between a chain of furniture stores, a fake kidnapping of an unruly child, a motor home trip to Brittany, a real kidnapping of a scornful salesman and… Eddy Merckx, have a little patience! In all likelihood, you will not be disappointed.

One of the characteristics of this mixed session is that it attracted 40% of Dutch-speaking film submissions. Among them, Team Mario (provisional title) was selected, a formidable slap by the most charming BV of the North of the Country, Nic Balthazar. After a very successful Ben X, Nic now turns to the fight for the legalization of euthanasia through the moving journey and struggle of Mario Verstaeten, a young Fleming with a devastating sense of humor. A film noir? No, a wonderful hymn to life! (But be prepared to cry anyway, because the emotion distilled by this scenario is irresistible)

After a majority co-production, another minority, but national, it is not abnormal to find in this selection an international minority co-production. J’enrage de son absence is the first fiction film that Sandrine Bonnaire will direct. For this partly autobiographical story, which she wrote with all the modesty and restraint that characterize her, the French actress called upon a cast as unlikely as it is magnificent: Alexandra Lamy opposite William Hurt. Those who have been reading celebrity magazines for many years will immediately understand why the American star agreed to slip into the skin of a tortured character, cloistered in a cellar in France. We are looking forward to this confrontation.

At this stage, the diversity of the projects is already attractive, but the last file selected increases the range of usual co-productions of Wallimage/Bruxellimage and even of Wallimage itself. With A Tort ou à Raison, it is indeed a Belgian series that the interregional fund has decided to support. Created by Marc Uyttendaele, this production features four friends who hold key positions in the justice system and are confronted with a series of cases inspired by recent real-life cases. The first two-part episode aired in 2010 and was a great success. To complete the first season, three episodes of 2X50 minutes each will be produced. The cast remains unchanged: Marianne Basler, Alexandra Vandernoot, Olivier Minne and Bernard Yerles resume their roles to try to elucidate some critical cases in Brussels or Charleroi.

Thus, the 2010 sessions of Wallimage, Wallimage Animation and Wallimage/Bruxellimage are closed. The 2011 season will consist of six sessions and will start in January with the mixed line (this is the time to fine tune the files). Then, we will be entitled to a bimonthly alternation almost metronomic (see the complete calendar by clicking HERE ).