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Labyrinthus amazes Brazil


Douglas Boswell’s feature film debut Labyrinthus has won the Youth Award for Best International Film at the São Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil (16-29 October), with Brazilian media giant Globo picking up the rights for the film.

The International Film Festival of São Paulo screened Labyrinthus as part of its Youth Festival, a five-day event showcasing films for a younger audience. Boswell’s debut took the Festival’s top prize as Best International Film.

Scripted by Pierre De Clercq, Labyrinthus focuses on 14-year-old Frikke. The boy knows his way around computer games but this one has a shocking surprise: its protagonists are real kids and real animals whose lives are mysteriously uploaded into the game’s labyrinth. To play or not to play is the question, especially when the fate of loved ones is at stake in this cyberworld.

For the main roles, young actors including Spencer Bogaert, Felix Maesschalk (Time of My Life) and Nell Cattrysse (The Broken Circle Breakdown) were cast. Other names include Tine Embrechts (Quiz Me Quick), Pepijn Caudron (Cut Loose), Herwig Ilegems (Germaine) and Ivan Pecnik (Nymphomaniac).

Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Film (Bullhead, Alleluia) produced the film, with Jan Hameeuw doing the editing and Reinier Van Brummelen responsible for photography. The film’s score was composed by Pieter Van Dessel.

After its international launch at the Toronto International Film Festival, Labyrinthus has made various other festival stops. International sales agent Attraction Distribution has already sold the film to Japan, Italy, Germany and Estonia. With Globo entering the picture, Brazil can now be added to that list.

Labyrinthus received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund.