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Gilles Coulier’s Cargo in Competition at the London Film Festival


Gilles Coulier’s debut feature Cargo has been selected for the First Features Competition at the London Film Festival (4–15 October). Two further features and three shorts from Flanders have also been invited.

Cargo tells the raw story of how an Ostend fishing family is brought to the edge of destruction by a series of dramatic events. The lead roles are played by Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert and Sebastien Dewaele. The film has already been selected for the San Sebastián Film Festival, where it will compete in the New Directors competition. In London, Cargo is competing for the Sutherland Trophy, the main prize in the First Features Competition.

Apart from Cargo, two more features from Flanders have also been invited to London: Michaël R. Roskam’s Racer and the Jailbird (Love section), and Meikeminne Clinckspoor’s Cloudboy (Family section). 

The London Film Festival has been held annually since 1953 as one of the activities of the British Film Institute. The 61st edition takes place from 4–15 October 2017.

Cargo, Racer and the Jailbird and Cloudboy, all received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The economic fund Screen Flanders, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz invested in Cargo and Racer and the Jailbird.