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First cast names announced for Gilles Coulier’s debut feature


Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele make up the main cast of Cargo, Gilles Coulier’s debut feature. The story revolves around three brothers desperately trying to save the family’s fishing business. But their passion for their loved ones and their determination to stay in business drive them to desperate measures.

Dancer, choreographer, actor and singer Sam Louwyck made his film debut in Tom Barman’s acclaimed Any Way the Wind Blows. Since then, he has appeared in shorts, series and features such as Koen Mortier’s 22nd of May, Caroline Strubbe’s Lost Persons Area, Michaël R. Roskam’s Bullhead and Robin Pront’s The Ardennes. In 2014, Louwyck also starred in Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes entry Le meraviglie.

Wim Willaert starred in Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc, both of which were selected for Cannes. Other credits include Peter Monsaert’s debut feature Offline, Jan Bultheels animation feature Cafard and comedy series Home Grown.

Sebastien Dewaele starred alongside Willaert in Home Grown and Cafard. All three actors also feature in The Natives, the tragicomic television series about a picturesque village and its grotesque residents which Coulier directed.

The director teamed up with Tom Dupont to write the screenplay for Cargo, which they further developed during the Script&Pitch session organised by the Torino FilmLab. David Williamson returns as Coulier’s DOP after working with him on all three shorts as well as on The Natives.

Cargo starts shooting on February 22 in Ostend, Belgium, and is produced by De Wereldvrede (The Natives, Guest). The film 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, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.