Wallimage to fund new projects by Marion Hänsel, Michel Hazanavicius and Nicolas Boukhrief
by Aurore Engelen
- The Walloon regional investment fund is due to finance two Belgian feature films and seven international co-productions as part of its 90th session
Wallimage has allocated funding to nine feature film projects as part of its 90th selection session, including two Belgian projects and seven international projects.
In terms of Belgian projects, the fund will be financing the filming of Les Chatelains, the first feature film by director Véro Cratzborn, which is due to be filmed from September to October in Belgium and the North of France. The film is being produced by Isabelle Truc for Iota Production and stars the French actress Ludivine Sagnier.
The second Belgian director to receive funding is Marion Hänsel, who returns with Il était un petit navire, an intimate project about her childhood in the water cities where she grew. The film will be produced by the director's company, Man's Films.
Wallimage will also be funding various international co-productions, including the new film by Michel Hazanavicius (Redoutable [+see also:
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Nexus Factory, which usually produces co-productions with France, presented the new project by Nicolas Boukhrief, Three Days and a Life, an adaptation of the novel by Pierre Lemaître (who also wrote The Great Swindle), starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Charles Berling and Pablo Pauly. Two other adaptations are also due to receive financing, Complètement cramé, the best-selling novel by Gilles Legardinier, which is due to be directed by Yann Samuell (a Frakas co-production), and Our Lady of the Nile, a novel by Scholastique Mukasonga, which is due to be directed by Atiq Rahimi (a Belga co-production).
Wallimage will also supporting four other films, including La Dernière Vie by Leo Karmann, Freaks Out by Gabriele Mainetti (read the news here) and Skin Walker by Christian Neuman.
(Translated from French)
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