A 45th session of Wallimage very... Walloon

  • 04.07.2012

This exceptional session marks the return to business of one of our most famous directors: Benoit Mariage will shoot his fourth opus between Belgium and the Ivory Coast with his friend Benoit Poelvoorde and a newcomer, Marc Zinga, singer of The Peas Project. Akwaba (working title) will follow the steps of a soccer agent specialized in the detection of new African stars. An ideal opportunity to evoke North/South relations, but also father/son relationships. The film, produced by Michael Goldberg and Boris Van Gils, is expected to light up the end of 2013.

Co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve and initiated by Eyeworks, Alla Carbonara has some similarities with the previous project. This story also brings us back to our heritage history. The biopic of Rocco Granata, who will become famous with his hit Marina, is indeed an opportunity to paint a picture of Italian immigration in Belgium during the golden age of coal mining. As usual with Eyeworks, the budget is tight, but we know that every cent will be seen on screen. Henry Morelle, Thomas Gauder and Marc Bastien (sound), Philippe Ravoet (editor) and Catherine Marchand (costumes) will participate in the film while Marcus Himbert and Els Verhaeghe will be the two assistant directors of Stijn Coninx(Koko Flanel, Daens, Sister Smile).

More unexpected, the two comedies chosen this quarter are signed by newcomers.
Frakas who just produced Bye Bye Blondie, Hors les Murs and Post Partum comes back with Morrocan Giggolo’s, in which three friends from Brussels (one black, one white, one beur) have the idea, to finance their sandwich shop, to become… gigolos. At this point the casting is crisp. Alongside Rachid Badouri, Quebec’s star of the one-man show, and Thomas Ngijol, who showed in Case Départ what he was capable of, we are talking about a very talented young Belgian actor, better known for his performances on the stage. To be continued. One thing is certain: Ismaël Saïdi, who does not come from the “seraglio”, is likely to leave his mark with this very funny film that he wrote himself. On the set, he will be surrounded by excellent Walloon technicians like Philippe Baudhuin and Quentin Colette (sound).

Panache Production, which has so far signed international co-productions such as Le Grand Soir or Populaire, starts a new adventure with Je te Survivrai, a 162% Walloon film, written and directed by Sylvestre Sbille. Rhythmic by the music of… Jean-Pierre François this comedy plunges an unscrupulous real estate developer… into a well. His only hope of getting out of this situation is an old lady whom he despises and harasses because she refuses to sell him her property. As a result, she doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to help him. Je te Survivrai will be Renaud Rutten‘s first big screen role. At his side, the theater actress Bernadette Riga and first choice supporting roles: David Murgia(La Tête la Première, La Régate), Laurent Capelluto (Fils unique), Benoit Bertuzzo (Mr. Justine Henin) and Tania Garbarski (Mrs. Charlie Dupont)

The final project selected is a flamboyant co-production with France, in the spirit of those recently co-financed by Wallimage a federative and ambitious film that will allow Belgian companies and technicians to participate in a popular work likely to attract a very large audience: a new version ofAngelica, Marquise of the Angels made by Ariel Zeitoun who believes in it so much that he produces the film in France. Philippe Blasband co-wrote the script. The young and charming Nora Arnezeder(Faubourg 36) will be Angelique, surrounded by Tomer Sisley (De Plesis Bellière), Gérard Lanvin (Peyrac) and… Olivier Gourmet (Desrey). In Belgium, Climax is co-producing this great adventure film full of emotions and thrills.