GIRL wins big at Cannes Film Festival.
by Els Debbaut, Editor
GROUND-BREAKING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
The new Flemish film Girl won four awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the prestigious Caméra D’Or for best first feature film. Director Lukas Dhont is the first Flemish filmmaker to ever win the prize.
Girl is the story of an adolescent ballerina who was born a boy. It was a hit with audiences, critics and juries at Cannes, bringing home no less than four awards.
Victor Polster, who plays the lead in the film, won the best actor award in the Un Certain Regard programme, with the jury headed by Benicio De Toro. The international press Fipresci Prize also went to Girl, as did Canne’s Queer Palm.
After its world premiere, Girl received a standing ovation of several minutes, and the critics took to the internet to write glowing reviews. Le Figaro called it “the first real surprise of the festival,” while De Standaard called it “a moving experience, without one false sentiment”.
'ZIE MIJ GRAAG' best mini series in Seoul
Please, Love Me (Zie Mij Graag) won the Golden Bird Prize (1st place) on the Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA) in South-Korea.
Stephen King praised Belgian Supernatural Crime Drama “Hotel Beau Séjour”
by Brad Miska
Sky is developing an adaptation of Belgian supernatural crime series “Hotel Beau Séjour”, writes Deadline ahead of the American Film Market.
The original series, which is described as the Belgian “True Detective”, is a Flemish-language drama that, “Tells the story of Belgian teenager Kato Hoeven. In the small village of Lanklaar, in Limburg, Maasland, near Belgium’s Dutch border, Hoeven wakes up at the Hotel Beau Séjour to find a bloody corpse in the bathtub – her own. She has no memory of the day before her death or why she was there. She soon discovers that five people are able to see her and communicate with her as she desperately tries to find out who was responsible for her murder and why they killed her.”
Lynn Van Royen played Hoeven in the original series, which launched on Belgian network Eén in 2017. It has also aired on Arte in France and Germany, via Netflix in certain territories and on Channel 4-backed SVOD service Walter Presents in the UK.
The show was a hit with critics and Stephen King praised the drama on Twitter, calling it, “eccentric, brilliant, and strangely touching. Supernatural fare for those who don’t ordinarily like it.”
Netflix Announces Its First Belgian/Dutch Co-Production 'UNDERCOVER'
by TV News Desk Nov. 22, 2017
Netflix announces UNDERCOVER, its first Belgian/Dutch co-produced series starring Anna Drijver, Frank Lammers, Elise Schaap and Tom Waes. The 10 part series will launch in 2019.
One of the largest ecstasy producers in the world, Ferry Bouman, lives a charmed life in his villa on the Dutch-Belgian border. But things start to change when two undercover agents move into his territory, attempt to infiltrate Bouman's life and shut down his network.
Undercover is a fictional crime series inspired by a series of real life events. Undercover is produced by Jan Theys (Salamander), writer and showrunner Nico Moolenaar (Vermist) and directed by Eshref Reybrouck (Cordon) and Frank Devos (Chaussée D'amour). The series stars Anna Drijver, Frank Lammers, Tom Waes (Nieuw Texas, Tegen de sterren op), Elise Schaap (Valentino, Ja, ik wil! Familie Kruys), Raymond Thiry (Penoza, WOLF & THE PARADISE Suite), Tim Haars (New Kids Turbo, Fake), Kevin Janssens (The Ardennes, Vermist) and Huub Smit (New Kids, Riphagen & Bro's Before Ho's).