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Toronto adds The Ardennes, Phantom Boy and Schneider vs Bax to its line-up


Robin Pront’s feature debut The Ardennes is to receive its world premieres as part of the ‘Discovery’ strand at this year’s 40th Toronto International Film Festival (10-20 September). The Screen Flanders supported co-productions Phantom Boy and Schneider vs Bax also made it into the final selection.

The Ardennes (D’Ardennen) is Robin Pront’s feature debut, starring Jeroen Perceval (Borgman, Bullhead), Kevin Janssens (Storm Force) and Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown). It’s the story of two brothers. When a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong, Dave manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, his brother is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is witnessing how his highly-strung brother tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. After Toronto the film is also set to open the Film Fest Ghent in October.

Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s (A Cat in Paris) Phantom Boy will be presented at TIFF Kids. The animated feature follows the adventures of the seriously ill 11-year-old boy Leo. He has the ability to leave his body at will and can fly and pass through walls like a phantom, invisible to all. Thanks to him, an injured police officer and an intrepid journalist will assume the roles of guardian angels when a disfigured gangster is threatening the city. Annemie Degryse of Lunanime (The Team, Offline) co-produced the film for Flanders.

Screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the festival is Alex van Warmerdam’s latest feature Schneider vs. Bax starring Tom Dewispelaere (Cordon) in the role of hit man Schneider. Flemish co-producer of Schneider vs. Bax is Eurydice Gysel of Czar TV (Waste LandThe MissingThe White Queen).

The Ardennes, Phantom Boy and Schneider vs. Bax all received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and the Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.