DOROTHEE VAN DEN BERGHE
Sneak previews of van den Berghe’s “My Queen Karo,” due this year, confirm the promise of her 2002 debut “Girl.” With a similar focus on a girl coming of age, this time in a 1970s Amsterdam commune, pic demonstrates the Flemish helmer’s ability to draw fine perfs from young thesps, as well as her assured sense of image.
HILDE DE LAERE
After partnering with Erwin Provoost at MMG in productions such as “Memory of a Killer” and “The Wedding Party,” De Laere broke the local box office last year with her first solo project, “Loft,” helmed by Erik Van Looy. She is now working on remake options in Europe and the U.S., and is expected to produce Van Looy’s next project.
Playing Cecile de France’s love interest in singing-nun biopic “Soeur Sourire” marks a breakout for the French-speaking thesp, who’d been relegated to shorts and other minor roles since her well-regarded teen debut in “Toto the Hero.” Blancke also appears in “Montparnasse,” which gets a special screening in Directors’ Fortnight.
FABRICE DU WELZ
With last year’s “Vinyan,” du Welz broke the genre boundaries of his horror debut “The Ordeal,” helming a spooky psychological thriller that appealed to Venice and other international fests. This year he shoots a detective pic in French for Avalanche Prods., then an English-language war film set in Afghanistan for Les Films de la Croisade and the Film.
KOEN DE GRAEVE
Bearish actor de Graeve is making a habit of standout supporting roles in Flemish films, beginning with Felix Van Groeningen’s “With Friends Like These” in 2007 and continuing last year with “Cut Loose” and “Loft.” Expect a high profile in this year’s “The Misfortunates,” again helmed by Van Groeningen.