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Sundance takes Belgica


Belgica, the new film by Broken Circle Breakdown director Felix van Groeningen, is set to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (21-31 January) in Utah.

Scripted by van Groeningen and Arne Sierens, Belgica is the story of two brothers who start a bar in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene but get carried away by its success. Stef Aerts (Oxygen, Cub) and A Band-frontman Tom Vermeir take the lead. Belgian electronic/rock band Soulwax is responsible for the film’s original score.

Belgica will open the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance, a section that traditionally presents works by emerging filmmakers. Throughout the years, it has screened such films as An Education, Bloody Sunday, 28 Days Later and Goodbye, Lenin! Belgica is the fifth film by van Groeningen whose bluegrass drama The Broken Circle Breakdown was nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar last year. Sales agency The Match Factory represents Belgica worldwide.

Previous films from Flanders that have screened at the US’s prime film event include Emma and Marc’s animation short Oh Willy…; Johan Grimonprez’s documentary Double Take; Khadak by Brosens and Woodworth; and various shorts by Belgian filmmaker Nicolas Provost.

Dirk Impens produced Belgica for Menuet (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Misfortunates). Belgica received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and was also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.