Brussels' summer harvest

Prizes and selections for projects at the Summer Festivals

Amidst the sizzling heat and downpours, this summer has seen the talents nurtured by embarking on exciting journeys. They've taken their productions to diverse locales, from the tranquil shores to the bustling cityscapes, all while making waves at European festivals. Let's take a moment to celebrate these selections and wins: "Quitter la nuit," "Un silence," "Augure," "Le Paradis," as well as "Les Indociles" tvseries.

Quitter la nuit ©Versus productions

Through the Night

One night, a woman in danger calls the police. Anna takes the call. A man is arrested. Weeks go by, the courts search for evidence, and Aly, Anna and Dary face the echoes of that night that they cannot leave behind.

Delphine Girard's first feature film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Venice Days Giornate degli autori Audience Award. It is also being presented out-of-competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival and will open the next Festival du Film Francophone de Namur.  

Giornate degli Autori (Venice)
San Sebastian Film Festival (Donostia-San Sebastian)
Festival du Film Francophone de Namur


A Silence

Joachim Lafosse is a regular at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His previous films Les Intranquilles, starring Leïla Bekhti and Damien Bonnard, and L'Economie du couple, with Bérénice Bejo and Cédric Kahn, were presented there in 2021 and 2016 respectively. A few years earlier, he also won the Coquille d'argent for Best Director with Les Chevaliers Blancs.

He returns this year with A Silence, produced by Stenola Productions and distributed internationally by Les Films du Losange, which will have its world premiere. The film stars Daniel Auteuil and Emmanuelle Devos, and tells the story of Astrid, the wife of a famous lawyer who has been silent for 25 years, and whose family equilibrium collapses when her children seek justice.

A Silence in official selection at the San Sebastian Film Festival


un_silence_webcover ©Stenola Productions
Augure ©Wrong Men


Bajoli's film Omen, already awarded the New Voice prize in the Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes, has been selected in the Dare section of the British Film Institute International Film Festival. Produced by Wrong Men, with support from the Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the film is sold internationally by Memento International and distributed in Belgium by Imagine Film Distribution. The film will also represent Belgium at the 2024 Oscars. 

Returning to his native country to introduce his pregnant wife to her family, Koffi crosses paths with three other characters, considered witches and sorcerers by their families and communities, in a dreamlike Congo. Only mutual aid and reconciliation will enable them to extricate themselves from the curse that invades them.

Omen at the BFI International Film Festival

Omen represents Belgium at the Oscars


The Lost Boys

Zeno Graton's The Lost Boys, meanwhile, has been selected in the Journey category of the British Film Institute International Film Festival, after previewing at this year's Berlinale.  The film, produced by Tarantula, is distributed in Belgium by O'Brother and sold internationally by Indie Sales.

Placed in a youth detention centre where order and discipline reign supreme, Joe and William fall in love. However, to be with each other, they’ll have to break the law.

The Lost Boys at the BFI International Film Festival

Le Paradis ©Tarantula
Les indociles ©Entre Chien et Loup

Les indociles

Jura, 1973. Lulu, Joe and Chiara have a solid friendship. Over four decades, they free themselves from the shackles of society and create a communal and pioneering place: the Ferme des Indociles. The trio spend their lives side-by-side trying to change the world.

The series is not to be outdone, either, as Les indociles has been selected in the Foreign French-language Competition category at the La Rochelle Fiction Festival. (fr)