Eight French-speaking Belgian features received production aid. Joachim Lafossereturns with Les intranquilles, while David Lambert was awarded aid for Les tortues. Arnaud Demuynck received support for animated children’s film Yuku et la fleur d’Himalaya, as did Ivan Goldschmidt for Chaleur sans frontières, a comedy set in the world of NGOs. In Le passage, Mohamed Amin Benamraoui tells the story of a migrant smuggler in northern Morocco. The Committee also awarded aid to two debut features: Rien à foutre (le monde n’attend pas) by Emmanuel Marre, and Temps mort by Ève Duchemin, which follows the story of three prisoners on their first weekend leave and comes after Into Battle: Portrait of a Prison Warden, for which she won a Magritte Award for best documentary. Olivier Van Hoofstadt (Dikkenek) was granted post-production aid for Lucky, scheduled for release on 26 February.
The Committee also granted production aid to eight foreign films, including Titane by Julia Ducournau (Raw) and Miss Marx by Susanna Nicchiarelli (Nico, 1988), which focuses on Karl Marx’s youngest daughter.
The Committee awarded writing aid to 16 films, including Appelle-moi Marie by César Díaz (winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes for Our Mothers) and The Sleep of the Amazons by Bérangère McNeese, whose short film Matriochkas featured in the International Competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Joël Karekezi returns after The Mercy of the Jungle with Capitaine Mbaye, a film set in Rwanda in 1994 and co-directed with Aurélien Bodinaux. Jean-François Hensgens, the co-director of Above the Law, has teamed up with Bulle Decarpentries to write the screenplay for a new feature, Spa Francorchamps.
The Committee granted production aid to 17 documentaries, including Road to Nowhere, which documents Caroline D’Hondt’s journey to the North Pole, and Chancelvie, recording Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s return to the Congo. In Van Eyck ou la tentation du réel, Jérôme Laffont and Joachim Thôme take an in-depth look at the famous Ghent Altarpiece. Meanwhile, Sophie Bruneau (Dreaming Under Capitalism) joins forces with Marie-Françoise Plissart to examine the studio of the famous French painter in Les vanités de Cézanne. Visual artist-turned-director Vincent Meessen’s Just a Movementpaints a portrait of Senegalese activist Omar Blondin Diop, while Laurent Van Lanckerdraws parallels between the stories of migrants today and a century ago in Des chiens et des dieux.
Choisir sa mort, a film by Gaëlle Hardy and Agnès Lejeune (Au bonheur des dames ?) that explores end-of-life care through the eyes of patients and medical workers, is one of four documentaries that received development aid.
The Committee awarded writing aid to 10 documentaries. Fuga, by Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard (By the Name of Tania), takes a behind-the-scenes look at the transsexual community in Peruvian Amazonia. Jasna Krajinovic is currently writing Rashid, which follows the story of a Yazidi child building a new life after years spent in the clutches of Islamic State. Nicolas Graux (Century of Smoke) leaves Laos behind and heads to Siberia for his new documentary, 12 Months of Winter.
Actor Yoann Zimmer, who appears in Lucas Belvaux’s upcoming film Des Hommes, was awarded aid for his first short film Sauce à part. The Committee also granted aid to Éric Ledune for Camille, his follow-up to Pornography, which scooped a Magritte Award for best animated short film. In total, 14 French-speaking Belgian short films received production aid.
Lastly, the Committee awarded aid to two experimental films, including Géographie du fantôme by Martine Doyen.