Belgium will be submitting “The Ardennes” as its official selection for the best foreign-language film Academy Award.
The film, by Robin Pront, stars Veerle Baetens (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), Jeroen Perceval (“Bullhead”) and Kevin Janssens. “The Ardennes” is produced by Savage Film’s Bart Van Langendonck, who produced Michaël R. Roskam’s 2012 Academy Award-nominated “Bullhead.” Roskam is also an associate producer on the film.
“The Ardennes” tells the story of a robbery gone wrong, where one brother evades imprisonment and the other gets arrested, and the aftermath of his release four years later. The film debuted at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and is on the shortlist for European Film Awards. “The Ardennes” has also received ten Ensor Award nominations, the Belgium equivalent of the Academy Awards, which will be presented on Sept. 16.
Director of photography is Robrecht Heyvaert (“Black”), with Alain Dessauvage (“Bullhead”) serving as editor. “The Ardennes,” which is Pront’s feature film debut, is represented internationally by Attraction Distribution. U.S. distributor Film Movement plans a theatrical release this fall.
Oct. 3 is the deadline to submit foreign-language Oscar entries. The nominations will be announced Jan. 24 and the ceremony will be held Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.