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Vincent invited to Locarno’s Piazza Grande


Vincent, Christophe Van Rompaey’s new feature film based on a screenplay by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, is to receive its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival (3-13 August). The Belgian-French co-production will be presented in open air at Locarno’s famous Piazza Grande on August 12th. The cast includes French star Alexandra Lamy as well as Belgian actors Spencer Bogaert, Barbara Sarafian and Geert Van Rampelberg. Vincent will hit Belgian theatres on August 31st. 

Flemish actor Spencer Bogaert plays gloomy adolescent Vincent who preaches the ecological revolution. Vincent exasperates his family as he tries to reduce their carbon footprint. He convinces his aunt Nikki (Alexandra Lamy) to take him to France. Nikki seizes the opportunity to show him the sunny side of life but Vincent is intent on making a drastic protest action in Paris. 

Spencer Bogaert and Alexandra Lamy make an unlikely, colourful pair in Vincent. Lamy found success on the big screen with popular comedies (most recently in Retour chez ma mère) and high profile dramas by directors such as François Ozon and Nils Tavernier. Other cast members include Barbara Sarafian (known for Bullhead, Brasserie Romantique and TV-series Clan), Geert Van Rampelberg (The Treatment, The Broken Circle Breakdown) and Kimke Desart (Come As You Are, Lost Persons Area). 

Vincent is Spencer Bogaert's second starring role (after the youth-oriented feature Labyrintus). Earlier this year, he was in British Columbia to shoot the US production The Solutrean by director Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, From Hell). 

Vincent reteams a handful of artists who have previously worked on Cannes Critics’ Week winner Moscow, Belgium. Among them are actress Barbara Sarafian, writer-producer Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem who also scripted Oxygen (with Hans Van Nuffel), Brasserie Romantique (with Pat van Beirs) and the upcoming Zagros (with Sahim Omar Kalifa), director Christophe van Rompaey who also called the shots on the Dutch drama Lena as well as the television series Scratch My Back and I'll Scratch Yours, and producer Dries Phlypo (Brasserie Romantique, Oxygen, Zagros).

David Williamson was director of photography on Vincent and Alain Dessauvage was the editor. Nicolas Repac composed the music.

Distributor Paradiso Filmed Entertainment will release the film in Belgian theatres on August 31st. French distributor Ad Vitam will release the film in France. A Swiss release is also scheduled. Beta Film in Munich is handling international sales. 

Vincent is a production by A Private View (Belgium), Les films de la Croisade and Les Enragés in France. The film is supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) / Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz and by Eurimages. The film also received support from the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.