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Gilles Coulier starts shooting debut feature Cargo


Shooting on Gilles Coulier’s debut feature, Cargo, has started on the Belgian coast. Following the success of The Natives, which was directed and part-written by Coulier, Cargo is the third project on the slate of his production company De Wereldvrede. Coulier’s short films Iceland and Mont Blanc screened in Cannes in 2010 and 2013 respectively.

Cargo is the story of three brothers who are 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.

Coulier wrote the script with Tom Dupont, with further development at the TorinoFilmLab’s Script&Pitch programme. The main roles will be played by Sam Louwyck (Lost Persons Area), Wim Willaert (Cafard, Offline) and Sebastien Dewaele (Home Grown). The cast is completed by Roland Van Campenhout, Chiel Vande Vyvere, Josse De Pauw (Everybody Famous, Flying Home), Barbara Sarafian (Moscow, Belgium), Gilles De Schryver (Come As You Are) and Mathias Sercu (Brothers United, Marsman). Coulier is working with his regular DOP David Williamson and editor Tom Denoyette.

Cargo is produced by De Wereldvrede and will be distributed by Dutch Film Works.

Cargo and Mont Blanc received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz; The Natives received support from the VAF/Media Fund of Flemish Media Minister Gatz. Both Cargo and The Natives were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.