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Mothers’ Instinct triumphs at the 10th Belgian Magritte Film Awards

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- Olivier Masset-Depasse’s third feature has won all the 9 awards it was nominated for

Mothers’ Instinct triumphs at the 10th Belgian Magritte Film Awards
The Mothers’ Instinct team with their Magritte awards after the award ceremony (© Isopix)

The 10th edition of the Belgian Magritte Film Awards, which took place last Saturday night, saw the triumph of Olivier Masset-Depasse’s Mothers' Instinct [+see also:
film review
interview: Olivier Masset-Depasse
film profile
]
, which went home with the 9 awards it was nominated for. A real success for the film, which first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and which is soon to be remade in America by the director, with Jessica Chastain producing.

The film won, amongst other prizes, the awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress for Veerle Baetens, and Best Photography for Hichame Alaouie.

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This evening was also a resounding success for Versus Production, which thus won its 4th Best Film award in 10 editions of the Belgian Magritte Film Awards. The company also won in the Best Flemish Film category for Tim MielantsPatrick [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: GoCritic! Interview: Tim Mi…
interview: Tim Mielants
film profile
]
, co-produced with Savage Film.

This deluge of awards naturally did not leave much space for other films in the list of award winners. Nominated for 9 prizes, Young Ahmed [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
from the Dardenne brothers saw its casting and the direction of its actors by the Liège-born directors celebrated by the professionals of the André Delvaux Academy, who awarded the young actor Idir Ben Addi (Most Promising Actor), and actress Myriam Akheddiou (Best Supporting Actress). Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne also saw their work as producers recognised with the Best Foreign Film in Co-production award going to Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
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trailer
Q&A: Ken Loach
film profile
]
. This marked the 3rd time that Les Films du Fleuve won in this category.

Nominated for 7 awards, Laurent Micheli’s Lola [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laurent Micheli
film profile
]
won those for Best Production Design for Catherine Cosme, and Most Promising Actress for young performer Mya Bollaers. The Academy logically confirmed the last Cannes results by giving the Best First Film award to César Díaz’s Our Mothers [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cesar Diaz
film profile
]
, winner of the latest Caméra d’Or award.

Finally, the Best Actor award went to filmmaker and actor Bouli Lanners for his moving performance in Claire Burger’s Real Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Claire Burger
film profile
]
.

The complete list of award winners:

Best Film
Mothers' Instinct [+see also:
film review
interview: Olivier Masset-Depasse
film profile
]
- Olivier Masset-Depasse (Belgium/France)

Best First Film
Our Mothers [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Cesar Diaz
film profile
]
- César Díaz (Belgium/France/Guatemala)

Best Director
Olivier Masset-Depasse – Mothers’ Instinct

Best Flemish Film
Patrick [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: GoCritic! Interview: Tim Mi…
interview: Tim Mielants
film profile
]
- Tim Mielants (Belgium/Netherlands)

Best Foreign Film in Co-production
Sorry We Missed You [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Ken Loach
film profile
]
- Ken Loach (UK/France/Belgium)

Best Original or Adapted Screenplay
Olivier Masset-Depasse, Giordano Gederlini – Mothers’ Instinct

Best Actress
Veerle Baetens – Mothers’ Instinct

Best Actor
Bouli Lanners - Real Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Claire Burger
film profile
]
(France/Belgium)

Best Supporting Actress
Myriem Akheddiou - Young Ahmed [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
(Belgium/France)

Best Supporting Actor
Arieh Worthalter – Mothers’ Instinct

Most Promising Actress
Mya Bollaers - Lola [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laurent Micheli
film profile
]
(Belgium/France)

Most Promising Actor
Idir Ben Addi - Young Ahmed

Best Photography
Hichame Alaouie – Mothers’ Instinct

Best Sound
Marc Bastien, Thomas Gauder, Héléna Réveillère, Olivier Struye – Mothers’ Instinct

Best Production Design
Catherine Cosme - Lola

Best Costume Design
Claudine Tychon - Alone at My Wedding [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Marta Bergman
film profile
]
(Belgium/France/Romania)

Best Original Score
Frédéric Vercheval – Mothers’ Instinct

Best Editing
Damien Keyeux – Mothers’ Instinct

Best Live Action Short Film
Matriochkas - Bérangère Mc Neese (Belgium/France)

Best Animated Short Film
The Country Fair (La Foire agricole) - Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar (Belgium)

Best Documentary
My Name Is Clitoris [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Lisa Billuart Monet, Daphné Leblond (Belgium)

Honorary Magritte Award
Monica Bellucci

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(Translated from French)

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