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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Belgium

The CCA backs the feature debuts by Eve Duchemin, Emmanuel Marre, Ivan Goldschmidt and Arnaud Demuynck

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- The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre has supported the production of 8 features during its two latest sessions; a total of nearly 100 projects have been backed

The CCA backs the feature debuts by Eve Duchemin, Emmanuel Marre, Ivan Goldschmidt and Arnaud Demuynck
Director Eve Duchemin (© Cinergie)

The CCA (Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre) has decided to award production support to eight feature-film projects, most notably the feature debuts by two talents hailing from very different domains, Emmanuel Marre and Eve Duchemin. The former is making the leap to feature-length territory (see the article on Carpe Diem, which is currently being shot, produced by Wrong Men) after turning heads with a couple of medium-length films that teetered between fiction and reality (Le Film de l’été and Castle to Castle), while the latter won the Magritte Award for Best Documentary three years ago for En bataille, portrait d’une directrice de prison. In Duchemin’s new feature, Temps Mort, she takes another look at a prison environment, examining 36 hours in the lives of three inmates who have been granted leave. The film is being produced in Belgium by Kwassa Films.

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Two other filmmakers are making their first features: Ivan Goldschmidt (nominated for an Oscar a few years ago for his short film Na Wewe), with Chaleur sans frontières, which is being produced, like Les Intranquilles (see below), by Stenola; and Arnaud Demuynck, whom we have to thank for the successful La Chouette du Cinéma programmes of animated short films, intended for younger audiences. He is now switching formats with Yuku et la fleur d’Himalaya, production duties on which are being handled by Artémis Productions.

Among the other feature-length projects that have received production support are those by seasoned filmmakers such as Joachim Lafosse, who is being backed for Les Intranquilles, a project he has been developing with his new producer, Anton Iffland Stettner (of Stenola Productions), with a cast including Jasmine Trinca; and David Lambert, who will direct Les Tortues for Artémis Productions. In addition, Olivier Van Hoofstadt has been awarded post-completion support for Lucky, which goes on general release on 26 February this year. The final feature to have received aid is Le Passage, the second film by Mohamed Amin Benamraoui, which is being staged by Thank You & Good Night Productions.

In total, during these two sessions of 2019, the CCA has supported 93 productions with a total sum of €6,239,400, split among 35 features, 15 short films, 40 creative documentaries and two experimental films.

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(Translated from French)

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