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FUNDING Belgium

screen.brussels supports Lucky, the new film by Olivier Van Hoofstadt

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- The Brussels regional investment fund is throwing its weight behind 11 new projects, five of which are being helmed by female directors

screen.brussels supports Lucky, the new film by Olivier Van Hoofstadt
Director Olivier Van Hoofstadt on set (© Adami)

screen.brussels has just announced the results of its ninth funding session. Particularly notable this time around is the return of Olivier Van Hoofstadt, as well as the fact that five of the projects receiving backing are being helmed by women – in other words, nearly half of the total number. 

Olivier Van Hoofstadt, the director of the cult 2006 film Dikkenek, who has been absent from the world of cinema ever since Go Fast [+see also:
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in 2008, is back with a new project, called Lucky. Remaining faithful to the offbeat-comedy tone that he is known for, in this movie, he follows two utter losers, Willy and Tony, who plan to steal a dog from the Drug Squad in order to sniff out the dealers’ stashes. But when things get out of hand, their only solution is to team up with Caro, a corrupt cop in the crosshairs of the General Inspectorate of Finances. The film brings together a cast of very popular actors, including Alban Ivanov (Sink or Swim [+see also:
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C’est la vie! [+see also:
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La Marche [+see also:
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), Michaël Youn (Carbon [+see also:
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Vive la France [+see also:
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Iznogoud) and Florence Foresti (De plus belle [+see also:
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Dikkenek). The film is being produced in Belgium by La Compagnie Cinématographique

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Other features being backed include Mon Légionnaire by Rachel Lang (who secured Gan Foundation support for this very project), produced by Wrong Men in Belgium and Chevaldeuxtrois in France (see the news); Sans Soleil, the feature debut by Banu Akseki, staged by Liège-based outfit Frakas, and co-produced by Volya Films (Netherlands), Savage Film (Belgium) and The Jokers (France); Valses de Vienne by Marc Fitoussi, starring Karin Viard and Yvan Attal, produced by Thelma Films (France) and Scope Pictures (Belgium); and lastly, Une vie démente by Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, the feature debut by a duo best known for its short films (La Version du LoupLucha LibreAvec Thelma), a low-budget production being staged by Hélicotronc

Interestingly, the fund is also supporting three documentaries and two animated features: Bigfoot Superstar, the sequel to Bigfoot Junior [+see also:
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, a project being helmed by Ben Stassen and produced by Belgian studio nWave; and Heart of the Tower by Slovakian director Peter Budinsky.

(Translated from French)

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