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Five Screen Flanders-supported productions selected for Cleveland

08/03/2016

The Ardennes, Brother, Paradise Trips and Café Derby have all been selected for the International Film Festival in Cleveland (30 March-10 April). The Flemish quartet will appear in the World Tour section, which introduces a variety of international hits from more than 70 countries. Schneider vs. Bax by Alex van Warmerdam, a co-production with Flanders, is also included in the programme.

Following recent announcements that The Ardennes will be theatrically released in the US, Robin Pront’s debut feature gets a test-run in front of an American audience during the International Film Festival of Cleveland.

The Ardennes starts when a brutal robbery goes badly wrong. Dave, one of the two perpetrators, manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison to find that much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth wherever possible, but is confronted with his highly-strung brother trying to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie.

Brother, the latest feature by Geoffrey Enthoven (Halfway, Come As You Are), has also been selected for the festival. The story follows ex-hotel manager Mark who gets an unexpected invitation from the beautiful, immensely rich Irish woman Grace who wishes to renew an old love affair of 20 years before. But when Mark arrives in Ireland, it turns out that Grace has her own agenda.

The line-up from Flanders also includes Raf Reyntjens’s feature debut Paradise Trips. Gene Bervoets takes the role of Mario, a holiday coach driver who has spent his entire life shuttling old age pensioners to the sunny south. On the verge of his own retirement, he has to bring a motley crew of partygoers to an electronic music festival in Croatia. His journey soon turns into a life-changing trip that confronts him with his long-lost son.

Additionally, Café Derby by Lenny Van Wesemael will return to the US after the film received its international premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival at the end of last year. Van Wesemael’s debut feature is set in 1985. Georges is a stallholder who can sell anything to anyone. When he hears that the Pope is coming to Belgium, he senses his chance. Georges is convinced that a fortune can be made there, but his world-weary wife and five children have seen it all before…

Last but not least Schneider vs. Bax by Alex Van Warmerdam will also screen in Cleveland. Things become complicated when hit man Schneider takes on a rush job, targeting Roman Bax, a writer who lives in seclusion. Eurydice Gysel of Czar (The Missing, The White Queen) co-produced Schneider vs. Bax for Flanders.

The Ardennes was produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (Bullhead, Labyrinthus), while Mariano Vanhoof produced Brother for Fobic Films (Come As You Are). Paradise Trips is a Caviar production (Black), while Dirk Impens produced Café Derby for Menuet (Belgica, The Broken Circle Breakdown). All films mentioned in this article received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. They were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.