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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Belgium

Wallimage lends support to Philippe Lioret, Katell Quillévéré and Olivier Babinet

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- The Wallonian regional investment fund is throwing its weight behind 6 new projects, and 19 projects supported in the past thanks to an additional budgetary allowance of nigh-on €1.6 million

Wallimage lends support to Philippe Lioret, Katell Quillévéré and Olivier Babinet
Director Philippe Lioret

Wallimage has just announced the results of its 100th session, which was doubly exceptional since the fund saw its budget enhanced with a view to providing the sector with a vital boost to counter the health crisis. Jostling among the 6 supported projects are four feature film projects, including three large-scale French feature films. Also of note is the fund’s endowment with an additional sum nearing €1.6 million, providing finance for 19 projects already assisted by the fund in times gone by.

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Philippe Lioret (Welcome [+see also:
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, Don’t Worry, I’m Fine [+see also:
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) will soon direct 16 ans, a modern, urbanised Romeo and Juliette. The film is produced by the director’s own company in France (Fin Août Production) and by Gapbusters in Belgium.

For her part, Katell Quillévéré is getting ready to direct Le Temps d’aimer, a love story set in 1947 and her fourth feature film after Love Like Poison [+see also:
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, Suzanne [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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and Heal the Living [+see also:
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. Here, we follow Madeleine (Anaïs Demoustier), a waitress in a beachside hotel restaurant and a mother to a little boy, as she makes the acquaintance of François (Vincent Lacoste), a rich and well-educated student. The force of attraction drawing them towards one another is as powerful as the secrets which each of them hides. We already know what Madeleine is looking to leave behind as she follows this young man, and with time, we learn what it is that François is so desperate to escape as he entwines his destiny with that of Madeleine… The film is produced by Frakas in Belgium, and by Les Films du Bélier and Les Films Pelléas in France.

The third French feature to benefit from support is the new work by Olivier Babinet (whose previous offering Fishlove [+see also:
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will soon be released). For Normale, the director will avail himself of Benoît Poelvoorde’s gentle lunacy. The film will be produced by Tarantula in Belgium, and by Haut et Court and Page One in France.

A fourth full-length work has also been earmarked for assistance: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Vesper Seeds by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper. Following the end of the world, or of our ecosystem at least, a young orphan girl fights to recreate the future armed with her bio-hacking powers. The film is produced by Natrix Natrix (Lithuania) and is notably co-produced by 10:80 Films (Belgium), while international sales will be managed by XYZ Films.

Also worth a mention is Wallimage’s recent appointment of a new managing director, Virginie Nouvelle, who’s currently Financial Director at Wallimage Entreprises SA and who’s scheduled to take over from Philippe Reynaert in the autumn, with the latter having occupied the post for 20 years.

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(Translated from French)

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