Susanne Bier leads squad of Europeans
European films are invading Belgian screens this week, with seven of the 12 new releases produced on this side of the Atlantic.
First up are two Danish films: Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding [+see also:
interview: Sisse Graum Jørgensen
interview: Susanne Bier
film profile] (see Focus, dist. Cinéart) and Andrea Morgenthaler’s Princess [+see also:
film profile], an offbeat animated film presented at Cannes (see news, dist. Coopérative Nouveau Cinéma).
Next in line are two French titles: Franck Mancuso’s Counter Investigation [+see also:
film profile] (dist. Alternative Films), featuring Jean Dujardin and Laurent Lucas (see interview), and Valérie Guignabodet’s Dance With Him [+see also:
film profile] (dist. Victory Films).
Belgium is represented by Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd’s Drowned in Oblivion [+see also:
film profile], a documentary on the black political prisoners of Mauritania. The title opens in four theatres after its successful screening in the Berlin Forum sidebar (see news). A French co-production with Zeugma Films, Drowned in Oblivion was produced by Cobra Films, GSARA, CBA and Les Ateliers du Laziri and backed by the Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique.
Crowned with its Cesars and Louis Delluc, Lady Chatterley [+see also:
film profile] – whose director Pascale Ferran sparked an open debate on the state of French cinema – is opening through Imagine. The Belgian co-production by Saga Film screened as a premiere at the Mons Film Festival (Belgium) in the presence of the director.
Lastly, the debut feature by Dutch actress Tamar van de Dop, Blind [+see also:
film profile], with well-known Belgian actor Jan Decleir, is a co-production by leading Flemish production company MMG Film & TV Production (behind recent Belgian hit Storm Force 10 and successful title The Alzheimer Case [+see also:
film profile]) and is being released by another top Belgian distributor, Kinepolis Film.
(Translated from French)
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