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King of the Belgians, Safety First, Phantom Boy and Dark Inclusion head for Hamburg


Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s King of the Belgians and Tim Van Aelst’s Safety First have been invited to the Hamburg Film Fest, which runs from 29 September till 8 October. Two Screen Flanders supported co-productions, Phantom Boy and Dark Inclusion, complete the Flemish part of the line-up.

Safety First competes in Hamburg’s Eurovisuell competition, a selection of box-office hits and audience favourites from all over the continent. The comedy follows four security guards doing their job at a world-famous dance festival. While there, Luc discovers Dirk’s long-kept secret… Based on a popular Flemish sitcom of the same name, Safety First will compete for the Commerzbank Audience Award, which is decided by public vote.

King of the Belgians also makes an appearance in Hamburg where it will be presented in the Kaleidoscope section, offering various insights into contemporary film production, and is also nominated for the Hamburg Film Critics Award. King of the Belgians premiered at the Venice Film Festival; has also been confirmed for Busan; and will have its Belgian premiere at Film Fest Gent.

Additionally, Arthur Harari’s Dark Inclusion screens in the French-speaking films programme of the Festival. This revenge story involving a family of diamond dealers was co-produced for Flanders by Savage Film.


Finally, Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s animated feature Phantom Boy, a co-production with Lunanime, will compete for the Michel Award of the Children’s and Youth Competition in Hamburg.


The economic fund Screen Flanders, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, invested in all the above mentioned films. King of the Belgians and Phantom Boy also received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.