Spearhead of animation in Wallonia, the studio developed within the Dupuis establishments in Marcinelle has been able to benefit since its creation from the cross-support of Wallimage Coproductions and Wallimage Entreprises to perfect its know-how and increase its reputation tenfold. Last year, the Red Turtle, partly directed by the Carolingian magicians, won the Special Prize Un Certain Regard in Cannes before, for example, pocketing two Magritte of Belgian cinema.
When we take stock of the impact that Wallimage’s investments have had on the Walloon industry over the last sixteen years, we quickly see that the animation sector is one of those that has flourished the most. More and more exciting, the projects have multiplied allowing Walloon studios such as Digital Graphics or DreamWall, to work on ambitious works, internationally recognized. Wallimage has been nominated four times (FOUR!) for Oscars thanks to animated features: Brendan and the Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Ernest and Celestine and The Red Turtle. Films that have won a multitude of awards around the world, highlighting the excellence of Walloon involvement.
But the Walloon fund will also be present at this 70th edition of the Cannes agapes through its involvement in the Frontiers market. As “Gold Partner” of this section reserved for genre films, Wallimage has been devoting itself for a few years to these films which, until now, were not really popular in Belgium.
The co-financing of Cub, Alleluia or Grave has attracted the attention of foreign producers. The international success of Julia Ducorneau’s film (featured on the Critics’ Week poster) is obviously the envy of those who specialize in thrillers, fantasy, horror or SF films.
So, Wallimage is very excited to discover soon the first cut of Muse, a new feature film by Spanish maestro Jaume Balaguero, also co-produced in Belgium by Frakas (Jean-Yves Roubin). This gothic thriller promises a lot (the director has never disappointed) and Wallimage accompanies it, in addition, by financing a “VR Companion”, designed by the Liège studio Mikros.
This strong trend is confirmed by the arrival of a flurry of genre films in the April session that has just begun. Proof that an inexorable movement is underway and that Wallonia could, to everyone’s surprise, position itself as a privileged partner on a playing field where it was not really expected. But that’s the least we can expect from one of the favorite lands of surrealism, right?