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Cannes: Beta Picks Up Christophe van Rompaey’s ‘Vincent and the End of the World’

CANNES — Beta Cinema has acquired Christophe van Rompaey’s dramatic comedy “Vincent and the End of the World,” which it will be pre-selling in the Cannes Film Festival’s market. The pic reunites the team behind Van Rompaey’s feature debut “Moscow, Belgium,” which won three prizes when it screened in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2008.

“Vincent,” which is a French-Belgium co-production by A Private View, Les Enragés and Les Films de la Croisade, is shooting and is scheduled to wrap on May 27. Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, who co-wrote “Moscow, Belgium,” penned the script for “Vincent.” The cast includes Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”), Barbara Sarafian (“Moscow, Belgium,” ”Bullhead”) and Geert van Rampelberg (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), with 17-year-old Spencer Bogaert (“Labyrinthus”) playing the lead.

Vincent is a 17-year-old ecologist who drives his family crazy through his preachy agitation to reduce their carbon footprint — and making a point about it via numerous suicide attempts. His giddy French aunt Nikki takes him on a trip to France, convinced that the boy’s obsession is related to his suffocating mother. But on their road trip, Vincent proves to be much more than Nikki can handle.

“Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem’s script is warm and funny, with his typical hand for original characters. It rings true on every page. And director Christophe van Rompaey will refine it with his distinctly cinematic approach and his talent to bring about extraordinary performances that make it resonate widely, just like he did on ‘Moscow, Belgium.’ I am so happy to be working with Christophe, Jean-Claude and producer Dries Phlypo again,” Beta Cinema’s exec VP Thorsten Ritter said.

Beta’s Cannes slate is headed by Sergio Castellitto’s “You Can’t Save Yourself Alone” and the Emma Watson, Daniel Bruehl and Mikael Nyqvist starrer “Colonia,” which both screen as international market premieres. Also on the slate are family entertainment movies “Ghosthunters on Icy Trails” and “The Pasta Detectives,” which are both market premieres.

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