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Belgian Rhapsody nabs foreign sales


Belgian Rhapsody, the new feature film by Vincent Bal, has been sold to France, Japan, South Korea and Turkey. The film screened at the European Film Market (EFM) during the Berlin Film Festival. Negotiations with distributors for other countries are ongoing.

Belgian Rhapsody had its market premiere in Berlin, where it attracted considerable attention. Distributor Paradis Films (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Soeur Sourire) acquired the rights to release the film in France, while Fine Films (Under the Skin, Dallas Buyers Club) acquired Japanese distribution rights. Seed will distribute the film in South Korea and Mor Film will handle its Turkish release.

Pamela Leu of Brussels-based Be For Films represents the film internationally and is still in talks with other interested territories.

Belgian Rhapsody, an Eyeworks production, is a musical comedy about the competition between a brass band from Flanders and one from Wallonia, both contenders for national pre-selection for the final of a major European contest. Screenwriters are Vincent Bal and Pierre De Clercq (Labyrinthus, Halfway, Come As You Are).

Belgian Rhapsody received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, an initiative under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.