In force at Montréal
by Anne Feuillère
26/08/2005 - Benelux has arrived in force with several films at Montreal World Film Festival which kicks off its 29th edition today and runs until the 5th of September
Three films are in the world competition. Assistant to Jean-Jacques Andrien (Australia) and to Stijn Coninx (Hector), Frank van Mechelen brings to Québec The Intruder, first feature in which a man searches for his lost daughter, arriving in a little village to confront hostile locals. De Indringer is a co-production by Skyline Entertainment, supported by the Flemish Audiovisual fund, organisation charged with support for the Flemish film community.
Still in the world competition section, Off Screen from Dutchman Pieter Kuijers (as reported in Cineuropa recently new projects) made a film about a hostage taking on the "11th" of March on a "Tour" of Amsterdam by a man who suddenly goes crazy. In the principal role for this co-production between Rinkel Film Productions and Another Dimension of an Idea, is the Flemish actor Jan Decleir (De Zaak Alzheimer [trailer], another big success of Flemish cinema), who has become incontrovertible these last few years.
Finally, the majority Belgian co-production from Entre Chien et Loup (with Luxemburger Samsa Film and British Ipso Facto), Miss Montigny [trailer] by Miel van Hoogenbemt will be screened tomorrow, also in the world competition. Interpreted by Ariane Ascaride and featuring Sophie Quinton (Qui a tué Bambi? by Gilles Marchand ; Peau de vache, first short film by the very talented Gérald Hustache-Matthieu), young French actress with a promising career ahead, the film recounts the story of a young woman who, in order to finance her beauty salon, signs up for a beauty contest.
Other films present in Montréal : Bye bye black bird [trailer], a majority production from Samsa Films (LU), the first feature by Robinson Savary presented in the section "Focus on World Cinema" as well as the short by Belgian Damien Chemin Poulet-Poulet, a funny little gem according to our colleagues at Cinergie.be. Lastly, Heim ins Reich by Claude Lahr (Echec d'une annexion) huge success/ with the public in Luxembourg last year, and Benigno, Adieu à une révolution by Dutch woman Marlou van den Berge will both be screened in the section "World Documentaries".
(Translated from French)