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7 items from 2016


Karlovy Vary: Future Frames Program Gives Young Talent Helping Hand

9 July 2016 10:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary — European Film Promotion’s Future Frames program for young talent provided an intense three-day experience for 10 up-and-coming filmmakers during the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The program, which took place July 3-5, helps introduce emerging film professionals to the media and the film industry and presents their work to festival auds.

Belgian helmer Felix van Groeningen, whose anarchic drama “Belgica” unspooled in Karlovy Vary’s Horizon section, served as a mentor for the young filmmakers.

Czech filmmaker Ondrej Hudecek took part in the inaugural Future Frames last year and credits the program for boosting the prospects of his short, “Peacock,” a twisted gay romance set in 19th-century Bohemia.

Hudecek said he was very lucky to be able to have the world premiere of ‘Peacock’ at Karlovy Vary as part of the Future Frames section. “It was the first edition of this program so naturally it got a lot of attention, »

- Ed Meza

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'Broken Circle Breakdown' star Veerle Baetens to direct 'The Melting'

8 April 2016 3:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Award-winning Belgian star to make directorial debut on novel adaptation.

Veerle Baetens, voted European actress of the Year in 2013 for her role in The Broken Circle Breakdown, is to make her directorial debut with the big-screen adaptation of Lize Spit’s debut novel The Melting (Het smelt).

The revenge drama reunites Baetens with producer Dirk Impens of Ghent-based Menuet, the company behind Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown and Code 37, which both starred the Belgian actress.

Menuet also recently produced Belgica, Café Derby, Coppers and In Flanders Fields. The Dutch co-producer is Topkapi Films. Baetens is to script the feature but it is yet to be decided whether she will act in it. 

Baetens is also known for films including The White Queen and Berlinale entry News From Planet Mars, and has appeared in TV series The Team and the upcoming Beyond the Walls (Au-delà des murs) and Tabula Rasa, which she co-wrote »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Netflix Takes Sundance Director Winner ‘Belgica’ for Global (Exclusive)

17 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin – Svod giant Netflix closed at Berlin on global rights to Felix van Groeningen’s “Belgica,” in negotiations begun at the 2016 Sundance Festival, where the movie won best director, World Cinema Dramatic section.

Netflix has acquired global exclusive Svod rights, excluding Benelux, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, France and former-Yugoslavia, to Van Goeoningen’s fifth feature, sold by The Match Factory, and follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Boasting that same mix of character-driven family drama and music as “Breakdown,” the latter from Belgian band Soulwax, “Belgica” stars Tom Vermeir and Stef Aerts as two ill-matched brothers who launch the hottest nightclub in town – until success is engulfed by excess. Vet Dirk Impens produces for Menuet, in co-production with Netherlanda Topkapi and France’s Pyramide Productions. .

Made on an accessible arthouse movie – and potential more mainstream crowdpleaser in its native Belgian – the Netflix deal looks typical of Netflix »

- John Hopewell

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Felix Van Groeningen readies Fellini-esque drama

12 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ensor will see the Oscar-nominated director return to Europe, while his Sundance film Belgica has had its poster banned.

Belgica director Felix van Groeningen is working on a new feature that centres on the chaotic collaboration between a theatre company and a circus troupe.

The film, based on a play by the filmmaker’s regular co-writer Arne Sierens, is titled Ensor and is billed as a Fellini-esque drama.

The Belgian filmmaker will again work with producer Dirk Impens, who worked with Van Groeningen on Sundance title Belgica and Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown.

It will also see him return to Europe after his first Us project, Beautiful Boy, which he is making for New Regency and Plan B.

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Belgica, about two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene, is being sold at Efm by The Match Factory.

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- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Buyers eye Sundance discoveries; 34 titles to watch

17 January 2016 10:48 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Sundance and Slamdance prepare to kick off this week some insiders have predicted there could be a surge of activity from digital platforms besides Netflix and Amazon Studios.

The latter two are expected to be active – and indeed have already taken a few Park City titles off the table – yet there is talk of other well-capitalised companies mulling over a splashy entry into the acquisitions arena.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31.

Nimble digital platforms challenge traditional buyers

Faced with sharp digital rivals unencumbered by the need to spend on costly P&A and plugged into transactional data that enables them to target audiences with forensic precision, theatrical buyers will need to be on their toes.

The distribution landscape is crowded and unforgiving, yet creative marketing campaigns can pave the way to success.

Among others, A24 did it with Ex Machina and Fox Searchlight reaped rewards with its 2015 Sundance pick-up Brooklyn, earning Oscar nods »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Buyers eye Park City discoveries

17 January 2016 10:48 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As Sundance and Slamdance prepare to kick off this week some insiders have predicted there could be a surge of activity from digital platforms besides Netflix and Amazon Studios.

The latter two are expected to be active – and indeed have already taken a few Park City titles off the table – yet there is talk of other well-capitalised companies mulling over a splashy entry into the acquisitions arena. The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 21-31.

Nimble digital platforms challenge traditional buyers

Faced with sharp digital rivals unencumbered by the need to spend on costly P&A and plugged into transactional data that enables them to target audiences with forensic precision, theatrical buyers will need to be on their toes.

The distribution landscape is crowded and unforgiving, yet creative marketing campaigns can pave the way to success.

Among others, A24 did it with Ex Machina and Fox Searchlight reaped rewards with its 2015 Sundance pick-up Brooklyn, earning Oscar nods »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #63. Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica

8 January 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Belgica

Director: Felix van Groeningen

Writers: Felix van Groeningen, Arne Sierens

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen has received numerous critical applause over the past decade, beginning with his 2004 debut Steve+Sky. 2009’s The Misfortunates received an award out of the Directors’ Fortnight, while he received considerable international success with 2012’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, which picked up awards at Berlin, Tribeca and nabbed a Cesar for Best Foreign Language Film. He’s been working on his fifth title, Belgica, since 2014, a story about two brothers who open a bar in Belgium and get swept up in the city’s nightlife.

Cast: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter, Charlotte Vandermeersch

Production Co./Producers: Menuet’s Dirk Impens, Pyramide Productions, Topkapi Films

U.S. Distributor: Rights available Tbd (domestic/international).

Release Date: Belgica will be competing in the World Dramatic category in January at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. »

- Nicholas Bell

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