Flanders Image unveils 80 film and TV projects to be showcased at its annual CONNEXT event – Deadline

Flanders Image, the promotional arm of the VAF film fund of the Flemish Community of Belgium, has unveiled the 80 projects selected for its annual CONNEXT showcase, which runs as a hybrid event from October 10-24.

The showcase, which will hold a physical component in Antwerp from October 9 to 11, takes place in the context of a highly publicized year for Belgian cinema and the cinema of its Flemish community in particular.

Close by Lukas Dhont won the Grand Prix at Cannes and is now the favorite in the category of best international film at the Oscars as a Belgian candidate; while Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch won the Cannes Jury Prize for Italian language fiction The Eight Mountains (tied with Jerzy Skolimowski’s HEY).

Rebelthe comeback movie bad boys for life Directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah also made waves internationally after their Out of Competition debut at Cannes.

These films have all been shown in previous editions of CONNEXT.

The selection of the year includes project pitches for Bavo Defurne Heartbreaker for beginnershis first film in six years after award-winning titles Memory (2016), with Isabelle Huppert, and escape work North Sea Texas (2011). Defurne co-directs with longtime writing partner Yves Verbraeken.

Other films in the pitch stage include This is Vigothe first film of actor Mathias Sercu, best known internationally for his role in the television series marsmanand The walk of tearswhich is also the directorial debut of Dimitri Verhulst, who previously took writing credits on Michaël R. Roskam’s announced bio-pic about Sylvia Krystel and Koen Mortier’s. Angel (2018).

Works In Progress (WIP) Programming Features Fien Troch Drama holly, about a teenage girl hailed as a hero following a school fire. Troch won Best Director at Venice Horizons for his latest feature House. Ex-Drumdirector Mortier will present his new film skunk about a teenager trying to heal after a difficult upbringing in a dysfunctional, alcoholic family.

Other films in the WIP selection include Soundtrack of a coup d’etat by documentary filmmaker Johan Grimponprez, best known internationally for his exposition on the arms trade Shadow World.

His new work follows the story of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first democratically elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, who was assassinated in 1961 at the age of just 35 in a plot involving both the US and Belgian governments of the time.

Tim Mielants, who recently took co-director credits with Bouli Lanners on the English-language drama Nobody has to knowwill present his new solo work Will bea World War II drama, adapted from the best-selling novel by Jeroen Olyslaegers.

On the TV series side, Malin-Sarah Gozin, showrunner on series such as tabula rasa and Clanwhich has been redone as bad sisters for Apple TV+, will feature Dead end, while International Emmy Award-winning writer and director Tim Van Aelst will unveil the second season of i hate loving you.

Another highlight of the physical event in Antwerp will be an introductory interview with The breaking of the broken circle actress Veerle Baetens, who is currently in post-production for her directorial debut When it melts.

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