Only three and a half years after its launch, Belga’s Co-Production and Tax Shelter financing branches demonstrate their added value by having two films selected at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival.
Kursk, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth and Léa Seydoux, is set to premiere on opening night (September 6th) in Toronto. Kursk recounts the tragic final hours of the real-life nuclear submarine explosion that left the ship stranded at the bottom of the Barents Sea, while bureaucratic obstacles impeded rescue and their families’ search for answers. Kursk is one of the most important shootings ever completed in Belgium (13.5M€ Belgian Spend; 75% of the shooting days). The movie benefited from massive Tax Shelter support by Belga Films Fund and from the support of the three Belgian Regional Funds (Screen Flanders, Screen Brussels and Wallimage). The film is lead-produced by Via Est (Luxemburg) with EuropaCorp managing international sales.
Release date Belgium November 7th; the Netherlands December 6th.
More info on IMDB.
Similarly, The Hummingbird Project, directed by Kim Nguyen, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek, will have its world premiere on opening weekend in Toronto. In The Hummingbird Project, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless side of our increasingly digital world where a millisecond can mean millions of dollars. An official Canada-Belgium co-production, the movie is the first Canadian project to receive Eurimage support. Montréal-based Item 7 and Pierre Even are the lead-producers with HanWay managing international sales.
More info on IMDB.
Both films benefitted from Belga’s unique triple play offer: Tax Shelter financing from Belga Films Fund, local production services from Belga Productions and Benelux distribution by Belga Films, the territory’s largest independent distributor.