Six new films co-financed: the 2015 Wallimage Odyssey ends in major mode...

  • 02.12.2015

The Odyssey, brought to us by Versus, is a biopic about Jacques-Yves Cousteau, famous oceanographer, commander of the Calypso and director of the documentary The Silent World (1955).

Far from being a hagiography, the script describes the famous explorer as a rather egocentric man, so obsessed with his dreams that he would sacrifice everything to accomplish them. Including his family.

The first images we have discovered are sensational : this impressive but nuanced film has all the trappings of a blockbuster capable of transcending the borders of France to reach moviegoers in many countries around the world.

Directed by Jérôme Salle(Largo Winch), it brings together a formidable cast led by Lambert Wilson, Audrey Tautou and Pierre Niney. The image editing, sound editing and especially the special effects (at Mikros) will be done in Wallonia.

” Two years after a burn-out, Duval, unemployed, is contacted by a mysterious employer to transcribe phone taps.  Without questioning the purpose of this organization, Duval, financially strapped, accepts. “

Bad idea, as you can imagine…

Duval is François Cluzet. Facing him Denis Podalydes, Sami Bouajila, Simon Abkarian and Alba Rohrwacher.

The first feature film by French director Thomas Kruithof, Scribe is currently being shot in Molenbeek. As usual, Scope Pictures, which is co-producing the film in Belgium, has assembled a team with many Walloons in key positions and hired a host of Belgian actors in secondary roles Olivier Bony, Philippe Resimont, Gael Maleux, Sébastien Waroquier, Daniel Hanssens, Ingrid Heiderscheidt are only a few of the lucky ones, gathered in this mysterious film which should revive the vein of paranoid thrillers of the years 70…

While we’re on the subject of Machiavellian scenarios, it’s impossible not to follow up with Méprises, adapted by Belgian author Bernard Declercq from Alain Monnier’s novel Côté Jardin, published by Climats.
We follow Jacques, who falls in love with Françoise, a beautiful and enigmatic woman, totally unpredictable. But Jacques is unfortunately ill and will have to undergo a delicate operation.
A melodramatic love story ? You are not there at all. This entry is only the beginning of a frightening descent into hell, paved for the occasion with very bad intentions.

Entirely shot and post-produced in Wallonia with Fabrizio Rongione, Pascal Greggory and Moana Frere in the main roles, Méprises is produced by a new tandem : Nicolas George from films du carré and Jean-Luc Vandamme (Survive) who bought the rights of the novel a long time ago.

A ” small film ” that could really be a great slap in the face.

Also tense, the relationships between the characters of Barrage, a Luxembourg film co-produced by Entre chien et loup, which will again bring Isabelle Huppert and her daughter Lolita Chammah face to face. Six years after their first meeting on screen in Copacabana.

In this intimate drama, a young mother comes to see her daughter, whom she entrusted to her grandmother at birth. The girl has become an experienced sportswoman, a great hope for tennis. The reunion is difficult and the cohabitation may not be easy.

With two Walloon post supervisors, ten days of shooting in our region and part of the post-production done here (Genval le Dame for the image and sound, Benuts for the credits and the trick shots), Barrage was able to seduce the Board of Wallimage.

The potential of the film goes far beyond Luxembourg, guaranteed to find an audience in Belgium, France … and in festivals.

A huge international production initiated in England and supported here by Nexus factory, What happened to Monday is a SF film by Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola(Dead Snow, Hansel and Gretel). In front of the camera, a cast of fire : Noomi Rapace(Millenium, The Drop, Prometheus …), Willem Dafoe or Glenn Close.

Shot in Eastern Europe, this film will be partly post-produced here, notably by Benuts who will produce the special effects.
Between Gattaca, Blade Runner, Nobody Know and Lucy, What happened to Monday plunges us into a near future, where overpopulation and famine have pushed governments to adopt drastic measures on the one-child policy. In this repressive context, septuplets live hidden from the eyes of the government.
Attractive setting, fast-paced story… lots of promise at this point.

The last film ” live ” selected during this session is completely different since it is a low budget TV documentary about Charles Vandenhove. Considered one of the major figures of Belgian architecture in the second half of the 20th century , he produced a body of work that is in line with the most innovative international avant-gardes. His work includes more than sixty projects in Belgium, especially in Liege, but also abroad, especially in the Netherlands where he is very active since the years 1980.

Les films de la Passerelle produced this 52-minute film, directed by Jacques Donjean, which took 25 days to shoot, mainly in Wallonia. All the post-production of this film, which should be released during the first half of the year 2016, will be done in our company.

Thus ends the year 2015 for Wallimage. The next session of the Walloon fund is scheduled to begin on January 11. Note that this year, there will be five: in January, but also in April, June, September and November. With an increased budget.