Wallimage in Toronto ! And rather six times than one...

  • 23.08.2016

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After screening at the Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême on August 25, Stephan Streker’s new film, Noces, will make its U.S. debut in Toronto.

The Belgian filmmaker’s third feature film will be presented in the ” Discovery ” section, whose program has just been unveiled.

Noces tells the story of Zahira, a young Belgian-Pakistani woman, who wants to keep the baby she has in her belly. Amir, her brother, her confidant, promises to help her. But their parents have other plans for the girl.

Before being distributed in early 2017 in Belgium by Bardafeu and in France by Jour2fête, which also handles international sales, Noces should still be presented in other festivals around the world.

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In the same section, Wallimage is very proud to accompany The Red Turtle by Dutchman Michael Dudok.
Selected and awarded at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, this sublime animated film tells the touching story of a man stranded on a deserted tropical island who forges an ambivalent relationship with a giant turtle that tries to prevent him from leaving his vegetable prison.

A new variation on the Robinson story? Yes… and no.

For while the story uses the classic castaway theme, it focuses primarily on the meticulous exploration of the essential stages of a human being’s life: falling in love, starting a family, watching one’s child grow up and then leave, growing old, dying. Emotion guaranteed.

The film, co-produced by Belvision and partly made in Marcinelle, has already been released in Belgium and France where it has won the hearts of nearly 250,000 spectators.

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Joachim Lafosse’s seventh feature film, The Economy of the Couple, which had its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in May, will be screened in the “World Contemporary Cinema” section. Just one year after Les Chevaliers blancs.

The film tells the story of Marie and Boris who separate after 15 years together. She is the one who bought the house in which they live with their two children, but he is the one who completely renovated it. Now they are forced to live together, as Boris cannot afford to move. When it comes time to reckon, neither of them wants to give up on what they feel they have contributed.

Versus will also accompany Fien Troch’s Home (co-produced with Prime Time), selected in the “Platform ” section.

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Regular guests at the world’s biggest festivals, the Dardenne brothers will present in the section ” Masters ” The unknown girl. Also unveiled at Cannes, this new feature film tells the story of Jenny, a young general practitioner. One evening, after closing time, she hears the bell ringing but does not open. The next day, she learns from the police that a young girl has been found dead, without identity, not far from there.  The film will open the Namur FIFF on September 30 and will be released on October 5.

That’s it ? No, not at all !

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In 2011, Flemish director Bavo Defurne came to attention with Noordzee Texas, a debut feature that received two awards at the Montreal International Film Festival before being selected at Palm Strings. A solid start.

His new project, co-produced by Belgium (Frakas for the French speakers) and Luxembourg, is called Souvenir and is also co-financed by Wallimage. It tells the story of the meeting between a forgotten singer, who once participated in Eurovision, and a young boxer who will convince her to try a comeback.

Beyond the subject of this dramatic comedy that promises to be both baroque and moving, it is the casting that surprises. The two main protagonists are played by Isabelle Huppert and Kévin Azaïs while Johan Leysen, Jan Hammenecker and Benjamin Boutboul bring the Belgian touch

The film is expected to be a hit in Canada where it will be screened as a “Special Presentation”. With a little extra surprise on the menu : the film’s soundtrack is by Pink Martini.

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Big Belgian winners of the year, the Liege-based Frakas will be present four times in Toronto.

With Souvenir, therefore, but also with Grave. The first film by French director Julia Ducournau was selected for the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival and awarded the FIPRESCI prize. It will be presented in Canada in the ” Midnight Madness” section 
Entirely shot in Liège, Grave tells the story of 16-year-old Justine. In his family, everyone is a veterinarian, and a vegetarian. From her first day at veterinary school, Justine radically deviates from her family’s principles and eats meat. The consequences do not delay and Justine reveals her true nature.

A genre film, Grave involves many Belgian technicians and actors, including Bouli Lanners, cinematographer Ruben Impens, assistant director Dimitri Linder, set designer Laurie Colson and costume designer Élise Ancion.

The other co-productions of Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts are The Secret of the Darkroom, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Réparer les vivants, directed by Kattell Quillévéré, which will close the new competitive section ” Platform “, after being presented in Venice.

These two films were not presented at Wallimage, but how can we not be delighted by the enthusiastic welcome given to such an impressive number of Walloon co-productions by a festival as influential as TIFF?