Guillaume Senez wins big at the Belgian Magritte Film Awards
by Aurore Engelen
- The young director scoops the Best Film and Best Director Award for Our Struggles at the 9th Magritte Award Ceremony, while Girl wins four Magritte awards
The Belgian Magritte Film Awards took place on Saturday night, awarding Our Struggles [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
film profile] – the second film by director Guillaume Senez – five Magritte Awards. The film was closely followed by Lukas Dhont’s Girl [+see also:
interview: Lukas Dhont
film profile], which won four awards. The 9th edition of the awards ceremony served to showcase a new generation of filmmakers, with various first and second films winning prizes.
Guillaume Senez previously distinguished himself two years ago with the Magritte for Best First Film for Keeper [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile]. The film’s accolades (Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress for Lucie Debay and Most Promising Actress for a very young Lena Girard Voss) pay tribute to the faithful bond between the director and his producer, Isabelle Truc (Iota Production), who has worked with Senez since his very first foray into film.
We expected a lot from Girl, a decidedly Flemish film, which received nine nominations. Lukas Dhont was awarded the Best Flemish Film and Best Screenplay awards, while Ariah Worthalter received the Best Supporting Actor Award. In addition to the acting award he received at Cannes in May, the young Victor Polster, 16, was also awarded the Magritte for Best Actor for his outstanding performance.
Let the Corpses Tan [+see also:
interview: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani
film profile] – the explosive and highly-sensory third feature by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani – was up for eight awards, with its artistic direction earning it three awards for Best Director (for Manu Dacosse), Best Sound and Best Set Design.
Finally, the Best Actress Magritte went to the actress Lubna Azabal, for her role in Killers [+see also:
interview: François Troukens
film profile], the only prize received by François Troukens and Jean-François Hensgens, despite nine nominations.
The full list of winners:
Guillaume Senez – Our Struggles
Best Original or Adapted Screenplay
Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens – Girl
Victor Polster – Girl
Best Supporting Actress
Lucie Debay – Our Struggles
Best Supporting Actor
Arieh Worthalter – Girl
Most Promising Actress
Lena Girard Voss – Our Struggles
Yves Bemelmans, Benoît Biral, Dan Bruylandt, Olivier Thys – Let the Corpses Tan
Best Set Design
Alina Santos – Let the Corpses Tan
Julie Brenta – Our Struggles
Best Animated Short Film
Icare - Nicolas Boucart
Best Fiction Short Film
La bague au doigt - Gerlando Infuso
Honorary Magritte Award
(Translated from French)
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