Jaco Van Dormael’s “The Brand New Testament,” Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s “Let The Bodies Sunbathe” are among the 19 feature films selected by the Wallonia Brussels Federation to receive funding.
The org will be injecting more than 3.2 million Euros ($3.8 million) into 47 projects, including feature films, shorts, documentaries and TV movies.
Van Dormael’s “Testament” is a surrealist comedy co-written by Thomas Gunzig. The film, which is now shooting in Belgium, stars Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve and Yolande Moreau. Le Pacte handles international sales. It’s produced by Terra Incognita Films.
Cattet and Forzani, whose latest singular films, “The Strange Color of Your Bodies’ Tears” and “Amer,” were extensively showcased at festivals and sold worldwide, will next venture into a film noir with “Let The Bodies Sunbathe,” an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel. Anonymes Films is producing.
Production fund will also go to “AnimaL,” Frédéric Dumont’s follow-up to “Un ange à la mer,” and “Kebab Royal,” Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s tale about the King of the Belgians who gets lost in the Balkans. Artemis Prods. and Nexus Factory are producing “Kebab Royal” and “AnimaL,” respectively.
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Among the minority co-production set to receive funding from Wallonia Brussels Federation is Clément Cogitore’s Afghanistan-set “The Wakhan Front,” written by Thomas Bidegain and produced by Kazak Productions. Belgium’s Tarantula is co-producing.
Belgium has a small but vibrant film industry anchored by critically-aclaimed filmmakers.
The country will be represented in the foreign-language Oscar race by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “Two Days, One Night” with Marion Cotillard (pictured above). Last year’s Belgian candidate “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix Van Groeningen’s romance drama, got shortlisted, while Michael R. Roskam’s “Bullhead” was nominated for a foreign-language Oscar in 2012.