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Cafard travels to Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma


Jan Bultheel’s debut feature Cafard is to have its North American premiere at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (7-18 October) in Montreal. An animated feature inspired by true events, the film will screen in the Festival’s Panorama programme. Rights have already been sold to France, where Eurozoom will release Cafard in theatres on 18 November.

Following its world premiere at the Ostend Film Festival, Cafard is set for its international premiere at the Busan International Film Festival (1-10 October). The Festival du Nouveau Cinema will now be the film’s North American premiere, with Cafard screening in the Panorama section. FNC’s Stéphane Defoy notes “the way the film distinguishes itself because of the visual splendour of its refined graphic universe”.

In France, Paris-based distributor Eurozoom will release Cafard in theatres on 18 November, preceded by a special French premiere on 11 November.

Starting in 1914, Cafard tells the story of Jean Mordant. While he’s away winning the title of World Wrestling Champion in Buenos Aires, his daughter is raped by German soldiers in Ostend. Jean swears vengeance and embarks on a journey that will take him around the world.

Scripted, designed and directed by Jan Bultheel, the film uses advanced techniques such as ‘motion capture’ and ‘facial tracking’ to translate the actors’ movements into animated imagery. Main actors include Wim Willaert (Offline, When The Sea Rises), Sebastien Dewaele (The Natives, Home Grown), Dinara Drukarova (Amour) and Maarten Ketels (De Ridder, Code 37). Arielle Sleutel produced the film for Tondo Films.

The FNC’s line-up also includes several co-productions with Flanders, notably Jaco Van Dormaels The Brand New Testament (co-produced by Caviar), which will open the Festival and La tierra roja by Diego Martinez Vignatti (co-produced by A Private View).

All films mentioned above received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. They were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.