Labyrinthus and The Amazing Wiplala among Giffoni prize-winners
Douglas Boswell’s debut feature Labyrinthus won the Gryphon Award for Best Feature Film in the +10 section of the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy (17-26 July). The Amazing Wiplala, a Dutch-Flemish co-production, took the second prize in the +6 programme. Both films were backed by Screen Flanders.
Labyrinthus tells the story of 14-year-old Frikke who discovers a computer game in which the protagonists are real children. To play or not to play is the question, especially if the fate of loved ones is at stake. Spencer Bogaert (Vincent and the End of the World) plays the main part, accompanied by Emma Verlinden, Pepijn Caudron (Cut Loose) and Felix Maesschalk (Time of My Life). Pierre De Clercq wrote the original screenplay.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, followed by festivals such as Cleveland, Edinburgh and São Paulo, where Labyrinthus won the Youth Award for Best International Film. With Attraction Distribution handling international sales, the film has already been sold to various territories including Brazil, Turkey, Estonia, Italy, Southeast Asia, Japan, Hungary, Romania, France and the Czech Republic.
Based on the book of the same name by Dutch children’s author Annie M.G. Schmidt, The Amazing Wiplala tells the story of a magical little man named Wiplala who befriends the lonely Johannes. When one of Wiplala’s spells accidentally shrinks Johannes and his family, an action-packed adventure awaits them.
Tamara Bos adapted the book for the screen with the main roles being played by Géza Weisz, Peter Paul Muller, Sasha Mylanus and Kee Ketelaar. Ghent-based Grid VFX handled the special effects; and Galaxy Studios recorded and mixed the original score, which was performed by the Brussels Philharmonic.
Bart Van Langendonck and Peter Bouckaert produced Labyrinthus for Savage Film (Bullhead, The Ardennes). The film received the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Flemish co-producer of The Amazing Wiplala is Jacqueline de Goeij of Cri de Croeur (Allez, Eddy!). Both films were backed by the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.