Eight Ensors for Wallimage/Bruxellimage

  • 15.09.2012

Under the presidency of Bart de Pauw (‘Quiz Me Quick’ and scriptwriter of ‘Loft’), this year we found Barbara Sarafian (actress ‘Aanrijding in Moscou’, ‘Allez, Eddy!and ‘Brasserie Romantiek’), Johan Heldenbergh (actor ‘De Helaasheid der Dingen’ and ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’), Chris Lomme (actress ‘Schipper Naast Mathilde’, ‘Christmas in Paris’ and ‘Soeur Sourire’), Hilde de Laere (producer ‘De Zaak Alzheimer’, ‘Windkracht 10 : Koksijde Rescue’ lt the three versions of ‘Loft), Tim Vanhamel (rock musician who evolves among others with ‘Evil Superstars’, ‘Millionaire’ en ‘Broken Glass Heroes’), Michael Borremans (Flemish painter), Hans Herbots (director of ‘Falling’, ‘Verlengd Weekend’, Bo’ and ‘Het Goddelijke Monster’ and of course ‘The Spiral’ which is currently on TV), Ruben Impens (director of photography of films like ‘Aanrijding in Moscou’, ‘De Helaasheid der Dingen’ and ‘Adem’), Frieda van Wijck (presenter of ‘De Klas van Frieda’), and Rik D’Hiet (scriptwriter of ‘Flikken’, ‘Het Goddelijke Monster’ and ‘Zot van A.’)

Among a selection of films, very homogeneous in 2012, these film lovers have finally delivered a fairly balanced list of winners, but which has nothing consensual. A list of winners that gives the Belgian share to films co-financed by Wallimage/Bruxellimage. The Walloon and Brussels regional funds were awarded eight times tonight.

The Invader, co-produced by Versus, won four Ensors: three “technical” awards for best music, best photography, and best costumes (for the Uccloise, Nathalie Leborgne) as well as the coveted Ensor for best direction for Nicolas Provost.

The other big winner of the competition is Tot Altijd who is awarded three times: Philippe Ravoet is celebrated for his editing while Geert Van Rampelberg is elected best actor of the year. But the best was yet to come for Nic Balthazar as his second feature film received the ultimate award at the end of the evening: the Ensors 2012 for best film.

Wallimage won one last award at this ceremony: the Ensor for the best Walloon co-production, which went, not surprisingly, to Joachim Lafosse’s A Perdre la raison, a great favorite since the national committee designated him as the Belgian representative at the next Oscars ceremony. A favorite who confirms in Ostend that he is one of the spearheads of the national production in this year 2012. A hint for the next Magritte? In any case, Joachim gave a speech of thanks this evening that left a lasting impression.

It is also worth noting that Pierre Drouot, director of the VAF, received the Flemish Community Prize for Cinema and that Michael R. Roskam and Matthias Schoenaert received two “Ensors du Mérite 2012”, a new award that punctuates their exceptional year. These two artists have done so much for the reputation of Belgium throughout the world that this distinction (double, therefore) could not legitimately escape them.

Best Film: Tot Altijd
Best Director: Nicolas Provost
Best Actor: Geert Van Rampelberg (Tot Altijd)
Best actress: Evelien Bosmans (Groenten uit Balen)
Best Supporting Actor: Lucas Van den Eynde (Groenten uit Balen)
Best Supporting Actress: Tiny Bertels (Groenten uit Balen)
Revelation 2012 (actresses and actors combined): Tom Audenaert (Hasta la Vista)
Best Screenplay: Pierre De Clercq (Hasta la Vista)
Best picture: Franck van den Eeden (The Invader)
Best Music: Evgueni Galperine (The Invader)
Best editing: Philippe Ravoet (Tot Altijd)
Best costumes : Nathalie Leborgne (L’Envahisseur)
Best artistic direction: Hubert Pouille (Swooni).
Best co-production with Wallonia: À perdre la raison by Joachim Lafosse
Ensor of Merit 2012: Michael R. Roskam and Matthias Schoenaert
Flemish Community Prize for Cinema: Pierre Drouot