PARIS– Les Films du Losange, the Paris-based company behind Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” has boarded “Prejudice,” the feature debut of Belgian filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.
“Prejudice” is one of the projects developed and produced by Benoît Roland’s Wrong Men, a Brussels-based, up-and-coming outfit that aims at supporting emerging Belgian talent and producing local movies for the international market.
The family drama features an international cast led by Nathalie Baye, Arno (pictured above with Cuypers), Thomas Blanchard and Ariane Labed, who recently won best actress at Locarno. The pic marks Cuypers’s follow up to the short film “A New Old Story.”
“Prejudice” centers around a family celebration that unravels after a young women (Ariane Labed) announces to her brother Cedric (Thomas Blanchard) and parents (Nathalie Baye and Arno) that she’s expecting a baby. Cedric reacts to the news with anger and starts exposing the prejudice he claims to be facing.
Roland, who launched Wrong Men after working at leading Belgian outfit Entre Chien et Loup, told Variety that Cuypers’ inspirations for the film ranged from Thomas Vinterberg to Michael Haneke.
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Cinéart will distribute “Prejudice,” which is now in post, in Benelux.
“Prejudice,” co-produced with Lucil Film (Luxembourg) and CTM Pictures in the Netherlands, has been supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, the Filmfund Luxembourg, the Dutch Film Fund, Mollywood and Proximus.
Aside from “Prejudice,” Wrong Men is currently prepping the raft of projects, including Jonathan Littell’s “The Invisible Enemy”; “Dode Hoek” by Nabil Ben Yadir (“La marche”); as well as Brendan Muldowney’s “Pilgrimage.” These films will receive support from the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels.
Also on Wrong Men’s slate is the debut features of Guérin van de Vorst (“Osez la macédoine”) and Valéry Rosier (“Dimanches”).
Wrong Men has a sister company based in Greece that notably co-produced Panos H. Koutras’ Un Certain Regard preeming “Xenia.”