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The Treatment selected for Montreal World Film Fest


The Montreal World Film Festival has picked up The Treatment by Hans Herbots for its 38th edition, taking place from August 21-September 1. Herbots’s psychological thriller will have its international premiere in the festival’s Focus on World Cinema section. The film received support from both the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund and Screen Flanders.

The Treatment stars Geert Van Rampelberg as police inspector Nick Cafmeyer, a man who seems to have it all. Yet a dark shadow hangs over his life: since the age of nine, he has been haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother. A new kidnapping case brings it all back. Carl Joos scripted The Treatment, based on the novel by Britain’s bestselling crime author Mo Hayder. Peter Bouckaert of Eyeworks Belgium (Marina, Time of My Life) produced the film.

In addition, Sahim Omar Kalifa will present his latest short film Bad Hunter in Official Competition. Kevin Meul’s short Cadet and the animation project 12 Minutes About Peace, a collection of 12 one-minute shorts commemorating WWI, are also set to screen in Montreal. All of these productions were granted support by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund.

Over the past few years, Belgian Cinema from Flanders has proved to be a valuable asset for the programming team of the Montreal World Film Festival. Last year, four feature films - Marina, The Verdict, 82 Days in April and Brasserie Romantique - found their way into the line-up, while various Flemish titles – including Ben X, Oxygen, Come As You Are, North Sea Texas and The Verdict have managed to take home awards in the past.