For its 50th session, Wallimage offers itself the divine blessing

  • 19.02.2014

Jaco teaches us that not only does God exist, but that he lives in Brussels. It is even there that he created the world. Unfortunately, he is particularly obnoxious with his wife and his twelve-year-old daughter. Because yes, if we talked a lot about her son, we forgot about the very resourceful Ea, who only moderately appreciates living in a rotten apartment on the top floor of a rotten tower from which she has never left.

The Whole New Testament is a choral film, with an epic structure,” the director explains. “The film is built in tableaux. Each character has a story. God’s Daughter weaves together these great burnt-out people of life. “

This comeback is produced by Olivier Rausin for Climax who works with Terra Incognita, Jaco’s company, but also with Caviar, Après le déluge in France and Juliette in Luxembourg.

The filming will take place over 50 days this summer and will include about 15 days in Belgium. Benoit Poelvoorde will play the role of God, Yolande Moreau will play his wife and many actors, known or less known, will cross the film, dominated by a little girl of twelve years, chosen after a very long casting led by Michael Bier.

The New Testament is of course not the only feature film selected for this 50th session of the Walloon Fund, which has given itself a superb anniversary gift. The two other projects that will be co-financed by the region are very different and harmoniously complete a very rich line-up.

Pilgrimage is an ambitious historical adventure film… Irish. It is co-produced in Belgium by Wrong Men North, the new company of Benoit Roland. The feature follows the pilgrimage of a small group of monks across an island torn by centuries of tribal warfare, and the rising power of the Norman invaders. The year is 1209 and Ireland is a wild island on the edge of the world. A very green island. But here goes. Nine centuries later, the local vegetation has undergone a strong mutation and to find the green luxuriance of yesteryear, the producers decided to come and film many epic scenes… in Wallonia where thank God (no, not you, Benoît), the large wooded areas have been much better preserved. Shooting in the fall.

The third and last feature film to be co-financed in Wallonia is an animated feature film. The red turtle has an atypical profile: it is a silent, artistically ambitious work that seems to have the ideal pedigree to travel to festivals around the world and to be noticed by the various academies that award César-type prizes. Since Brendan, Wallimage has taken a liking to Oscar night. Ernest and Celestine will not deny it.

Obviously, the race for trophies is not the argument that most excited the board of directors in favor of this film.

Co-produced by Belvision, The Red Turtle will give work to a team of Belgian animators gathered at Dreamwall for 460 days. A part of the image and sound lab will also be done at our place. This will further enliven a booming industry.