Wallimage throws its weight behind Leos Carax
by Aurore Engelen
- For its 84th session, the Walloon regional investment fund is supporting nine projects, including three fiction features
For its 84th session, Wallimage, the Walloon regional investment fund, has just handed out support to the tune of €1.67 million to nine Belgian and international projects.
One of the most prominent projects receiving backing is Annette, the mysterious upcoming film by Leos Carax. After a long gestation period and several changes to its cast, the movie, a musical comedy, will star Adam Driver as a stand-up comedian and Michelle Williams as an opera singer. They have a little two-year-old daughter, who seems to be developing a curious power… The original soundtrack has been entrusted to Sparks, and the film is being produced by Arena Films for France, Vega Film for Switzerland and Wrong Men for Belgium.
Wallimage is also earmarking support for two genre films: Kandisha, the new picture by duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, whom we already have to thank for the horror flicks Inside [+see also:
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The fund is also throwing its weight behind two series projects. The first is La Patrouille, the new series to come out of the RTBF/Wallonia Brussels Federation Fund, directed by Indra Siera, who was also at the helm of some of the episodes of another series from the fund, Unité 42, season 2 of which is currently being shot. The main characters are a scout patrol who are terrorised by the enigmatic Koen de Bouw (De Premier [+see also:
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Versus, which we have to thank for the recent titles Mothers’ Instinct [+see also:
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Lastly, Wallimage will be supporting two animated children’s series adapted from cult books (Le Petit Nicolas, produced by Belvision, and Chien Pourri, co-produced by Taka and Panique), as well as two Belgian documentaries, Hypercitoyen, produced by Domino, and Brigades des mineurs Molenbeek, staged by Prod à la demande.
(Translated from French)
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