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Café Derby and Paradise Trips off to Aubagne


Lenny Van Wesemael’s Café Derby and Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens have been selected for the Features Competition at the International Film Festival in Aubagne, France (14-19 March). Both first-time directors are in the running to win one or more of the awards - for Best Film, Best Script, Best Director and Best Musical Score - annually handed out by the Festival, which focuses mainly on film music.

David Van der Heijden arranged the original score of Raf Reyntjens’ Paradise Trips, which follows a grumpy bus driver who makes some unexpected discoveries about himself and his life during his final trip. Paradise Trips has already had festival outings to Mannheim-Heidelberg and Palm Springs.

The soundtrack of Café Derby was written by Belgian singer Lady Linn. Based on true events, Lenny Van Wesemael’s debut tells the tragi-comic story of Georges, a born salesman who believes he can make a fortune, and his disbelieving, somewhat dysfunctional family. Café Derby opened the Ostend Film Festival and premiered internationally at the Hamptons Film Festival.

Caviar (BlackSum of Histories) produced Paradise TripsCafé Derby is produced by Menuet (BelgicaThe Broken Circle Breakdown). Both films received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund chaired by Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.