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Cafard and The Brand New Testament selected for Busan


Cafard by Jan Bultheel is to premiere at this year's Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October) as part of the Wide Angle: Animation Competition program. The Brand New Testament of Jaco Dormael will be presented in the World Cinema section of the festival.

Cafard, which received its world premiere at this year's Film Festival of Ostende, Belgium, is based on historical facts. The story of this animated feature with a graphic novel look and feel starts in 1914. While Jean Mordant wins the Wrestling Champion of the World title in Buenos Aires, his daughter Mimi is violently abused by German soldiers in Ostend. Determined to avenge this crime Jean, along with his coach and young nephew, enrols in the prestigious Armoured Car Division (AMC). War is ruthless, however, and he and his friends embark on a dramatic journey that will ultimately drag them around the world.

For his feature-length debut, Bultheel used motion capture technology. The main cast consists of Wim Willaert (as Jean), Sebastien Dewaele, Maarten Ketels and Dinara Drukarova. Arielle Sleutel produced the film for Tondo Films. UDI sells the film internationally.

Screening in the World Cinema section of the festival is Jaco Van Dormael's The Brand New Testament. Van Dormael’s surreal comedy stars Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde as God. Living in Brussels, he is a despicable coward with pathetic morals who is mean to his wife and his daughter. Frustrated by her father’s unacceptable behaviour, the girl takes revenge by posting the dates of death of the entire world population on the Internet.

Belgian co-producers of The Brand New Testament are Terra Incognita Films, Climax Films and Frank Van Passel of Caviar (Black, Paradise Trips).

Cafard and The Brand New Testament received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and are also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.