At the end of 2011, Patrice Lecomte arrived at PIL to supervise the work of the Waooh! studio on Le Magasin des Suicides. The teams have just completed all the sets for this animated film. A first capital mission with total success, with a scrupulous respect of the schedules, without overtime of the personnel and without exceeding the budget!
A real challenge, especially since between the start of the project and the delivery of the validated sets, the level of quality was considerably increased, reducing even more the time available for production. More than 25 people were mobilized for more than a year on this magnificent human adventure. For most of these young talents, it was their very first feature film!
After Patrice Lecontetherefore, and Frédéric Beigbeder who came to showcase his Love Lasts Three Years at the end of 2011, the PIL’s goldsmiths had the privilege to meet this week Ari Folmanthe director of the stunning Waltz with Bashir (2008) whose latest film The Congress is currently in post-production at the studio Mikros (FX, compositing,…). Produced in Belgium by Entre Chien et Loup and co-financed by Wallimage, this film is an authentic event expected worldwide for the beginning of 2013. It mixes animation and real images and its star is the sublime Robin Wright. I might as well tell you that we’re not holding each other anymore.
As usual, the PIL teams did not fail to immortalize this visit by taking a photo in front of the site’s inauguration board, thus adding a precious stone to the constitution of a promising Wall of Fame! On the right side of this montage, we can see Philippe Reynaert, director of Wallimage, underAri Folman‘s arm. Happy man!
Alain Lorfèvre was there and has just published on the website of La Libre the interview that the director gave him.
Another studio, other distinguished visitors: Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, partners in life but also in audiovisual works, are the parents of the Minuscules, pampered both in series and in feature films by Wallimage! After having made their first steps on television, their insects invest the big screen. In relief. The studio Nozon had done a masterful job on the series. He is now in charge – among other things – of the animation of the film. Good news: Guyonne Leroy, one of the stars of Belgian animation, is involved in the project.
In a rather different register, the excellent David Lambert came to PIL to screen for the first time his first feature film, Hors les Murs (a Frakas production, co-financed by Wallimage/Bruxellimage), in the ideal screening conditions of the SonicPil auditorium. The film of this young and promising Belgian director is currently being edited and will soon be calibrated and mixed in this ideal room. A confidence? We have seen a naturally unfinished version of the film and we can already tell you that it is a moving and radical feature film that will be much talked about!
Skeptics notwithstanding, the bet of a Liège cluster is bearing fruit. Even beyond expectations. Who still claims that nothing happens in Wallonia?