Bouli Lanners shooting Wise Blood on Scotland’s Isle of Lewis
by Aurore Engelen
- Today, the Belgian director kicks off the shoot for his first English-language film, which he is co-directing with Tim Mielants
Today, Belgian director Bouli Lanners is in Scotland to begin the shoot for Wise Blood, his new film, which he is co-directing with Flemish helmer Tim Mielants. The film is a passionate love story set in the heart of the Presbyterian community and the spectacular and unforgiving landscapes of the Isle of Lewis, off Scotland’s north-western coast.
Phil, a stout 55-year-old Belgian man, lives and works on the Isle of Lewis, the northernmost island of the Outer Hebrides, northwest of Scotland. One evening, he suffers a stroke and loses his memory. Millie, also aged 55, whom Phil works for and who is a member of the small Presbyterian community on the island, has to take care of him. She ends up confessing to him that they were secretly lovers. Rediscovering the passion that used to exist between them, Phil and Millie once again become lovers on the sly. While Phil blissfully explores this new love affair and resumes his day-to-day life as a farmhand, Millie dreads the moment when his memory will come back to him and he will find out that she has been lying to him.
This is a very personal project for the filmmaker, who wrote the script himself. Lanners is co-directing with Tim Mielants (Legion, Peaky Blinders), who incidentally directed Lanners in his recent feature debut, Patrick [+see also:
interview: GoCritic! Interview: Tim Mi…
interview: Tim Mielants
film profile], which won an award at Karlovy Vary.
Flanking Bouli Lanners, who is playing the lead role, are British actress Michelle Fairley, best known for her role as Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones, Julian Glover (Game of Thrones, Indiana Jones) and Clovis Cornillac (Little Tickles [+see also:
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The film is being produced by Versus Productions, which has been supporting the director ever since his earliest works, and which recently staged Mothers’ Instinct [+see also:
interview: Olivier Masset-Depasse
film profile] by Olivier Masset-Depasse, Keep Going [+see also:
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile] by Joachim Lafosse and Above the Law [+see also:
interview: François Troukens
film profile] by François Troukens and Jean-François Hensgens. It is being co-produced by Barry Crerar (Scotland) and Playtime (France).
(Translated from French)
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