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The Ardennes wins big at Ensor Awards

19/09/2016

Robin Pront’s The Ardennes, this year’s Foreign Language Academy Award® entry for Belgium, grabbed seven kudos, including Best Picture, at this year’s Ensors, the local Oscar equivalents.

Besides Best Picture, The Ardennes also won Best Screenplay (for Jeroen Perceval and Robin Pront), Best Actor (Kevin Janssens), Best Supporting Actor (Jan Bijvoet), Best Photography (Robrecht Heyvaert), Best Costumes (Catherine Van Bree) and Best Art Direction (Geert Paredis). The film also took home the much coveted Industry Award.

The Ardennes received its world première as part of the Discovery programme at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. Last month it was announced that the film also features on the shortlist for the European Film Awards.

In The Ardennes, a brutal robbery goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth 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.

Starring Veerle Baetens (The Broken Circle Breakdown), Jeroen Perceval (Bullhead) and Kevin Janssens, the film is produced by Savage Film's Bart Van Langendonck who produced Michaël R. Roskam's 2012 Oscar® nominated Bullhead. Roskam is associate producer.

Pront's feature film debut, The Ardennes is represented internationally by Attraction Distribution. US distributor Film Movement plans a theatrical release this fall.

Other Ensor Awards went to Black by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Best Director, Best Actress, Best Editing), Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica (Best Music), Galloping Mind by Wim Vandekeybus (Best Supporting Actress) and Problemski Hotel (Best Debut).

Reach For The Sky by Wooyoung Choi and Steven Dhoedt was awarded Best Documentary, while Kenneth Mercken’s Feel Sad For The Bunny and Kris Borghs’ No Offense received Awards in the Best Live-Action Short and the Best Animated Short categories. Best Co-production became The First, The Last by Bouli Lanners, while Heroes of the Sea received the Ensor for Best Children’s Film.