Two Belga-backed projects to premiere at the 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.
Already 30 audiovisual projects supported by Belga Productions in 2018 !
This year’s line-up of projects supported by Belga’s co-production and Tax Shelter financing branches is impressive and widely diversified as it includes feature films, TV series, animated feature films and TV series, documentaries and short-films, coming from Canada, Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. Among these 30 projects, Belga is currently co-producing three high-profile films:
- Paul Verhoeven’s next film, Benedetta, starring Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling and Lambert Wilson. Two years after Elle, Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Total Recall) won’t shy away from controversy by taking us to 17th century Italy and a monastery where Benedetta (Virginie Efira) suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. More info on IMDB.
- The sequel of Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu?, France’s 6th most successful film ever with 12M viewers in France and 175M$ box-office worldwide.
- Le Prince Oublié, directed by Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and starring Omar Sy and Bérénice Béjo.
Making the Belga deal even sweeter! Regional support for several Belga Films Fund-backed projects
In the last few months, several projects financed by Belga Films Fund’s Tax Shelter branch have received backing from Belgium’s regional funds, thereby even sweetening the co-production deal and making the Belgian solution more attractive.
Last year, Kursk received massive Regional Funding from Belgium’s 3 Regional Funds (Screen Flanders, Screen Brussels and Wallimage). Kursk will have its world premiere September 6th on opening night of the Toronto Film Festival. The Most Assassinated Woman in the World, a Netflix-financed, French-speaking project produced by Fontana Films (Belgium) and Tax Sheltered by Belga Films Fund, received Wallimage funding.
This year, Notre-Dame-du-Nil, lead-produced by Les Films du Tambour and Chapter 2 (France) and directed by Atiq Rahimi, will benefit from Wallimage financing after successful application by Belga Productions. Notre-Dame-du-Nil will be shot in Rwanda next October. 7 heads of department will be Belgians (and eligible to both Tax Shelter and Wallonia fundings.
Additionally, Michel Hazanavicius’s new project Le Prince Oublié starring Omar Sy and Bérénice Béjo, co-produced by Belga Productions, did seduce Wallimage last July and will spend a significant amount in Wallonia.
For all the projects it co-produces, Belga is responsible for applying to local Regional Funds. Regional Funding sweetens what is already an unparalleled proposal from Belga: Benelux distribution, local production services and in-house Belgian Tax Shelter funding.