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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Belgium

Screen Flanders throws its weight behind the new Leos Carax film

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- The Flemish regional investment fund is injecting €1.3 million into ten new audiovisual productions

Screen Flanders throws its weight behind the new Leos Carax film
Director Leos Carax

For its second session of 2019, Screen Flanders is supporting ten new audiovisual productions – four TV series and six features, including Annette, the new film by Leos Carax, part of which was shot in Belgium this summer.

The first English-language movie by the French director (The Night Is Young, The Lovers on the Bridge, Holy Motors [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Leos Carax
film profile
]
) tells the story of a Hollywood couple and their daughter Annette, a mysterious child with an extraordinary destiny. The lead roles have been entrusted to Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. The film is being produced by CG Cinéma (France), and is being co-produced in Belgium by Scope Pictures and Wrong Men.

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Screen Flanders is also backing the horror flick The Deep House by genre veterans Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, which follows a couple of photojournalists who decide to explore a submerged haunted house in the Pyrenees and attempt to reawaken the spirit residing within it. The Radar Films (France) production is being staged in Belgium by Umedia.

Three Belgian movies are receiving support: Ritueel by Hans Herbots (The Treatment [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), a psychological thriller adapted from a Mo Hayder novel, produced by Eyeworks Film & TV Drama; Rookie, the feature debut by Lieven Van Baelen, produced by Czar Film & TV, starring Matteo Simoni and Veerle Baetens; and Dreambaby, the feature debut by actor Jeroen Perceval (The Ardennes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robin Pront
film profile
]
, Borgman [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alex van Varmerdam
interview: Reinout Scholten van Aschat
film profile
]
, Bullhead [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bart Van Langendonck
interview: Michaël R. Roskam
film profile
]
), a drama also starring Veerle Baetens, who this time is flanked by Ben Segers. The movie is being staged by Savage Film.

Lastly, Screen Flanders will also be backing an animated feature by Iranian director Sepideh Farsi, The Siren. The film is set in 1980, in Abadan, the oil capital of Iran, as its residents hold out against the Iraqi siege. Here, a teenage boy and his grandfather attempt to save their loved ones on board an abandoned ship. Produced by French outfit Les Films d’Ici, the film is being co-produced in Belgium by Lunanime (see the article).

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(Translated from French)

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