First 2017 session of the Film Selection Commission

Forty-two new film projects supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles including Joachim Lafosse, Fabrice du Welz, Guillaume Senez (Keeper), Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi (Black) 

Alda Greoli, Vice President of the Government of the French Community and Minister of Culture, has approved the selection of the first 2017 session of the Film Selection Commission, which includes 17 feature films, 7 short films, 14 creation documentaries and 4 film labs that have been promised funds for writing, development or production.

Mon légionnaire, the second feature film by Rachel Lang following Baden Baden, was promised writing funds. Her film is about Axelle, a young Ukrainian woman gone to Calvi to join her fiancé legionnaire. They will both meet people of multiple nationalities on the small island who have the French Foreign Legion in common.

As for production funds, Guillaume Senez (Keeper) will be supported in his second feature film, Nos batailles. Here, the director follows Olivier, a foreman who will take on his new role as father following the disappearance of his wife and the mother of his two children. In Continuer, Joachim Lafosse adapted the novel by Laurent Mauvignier on the equestrian crossing of Kyrgyzstan by Sybille and her son Samuel in order to distance the latter from hate and violence. The main role is entrusted to Virginie Efira. Having enjoyed writing funds for Adoration during the third 2016 session, this time Fabrice du Welz will receive production funds to complete his trilogy after Calvaire and Alleluia. Adoration addresses the crazy antics of Paul and Gloria, two children lost in the forest.

Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi (Black) will receive CCA-VAF production funds for Patser, about Adamo, a Moroccan-Italian marked by the loss of his parents at age six and taken in by his uncle Farid in Belgium.

The documentary Icare ou la mesure des choses, a new philosophical essay in which Patric Jean meets researchers, philosophers, sailors, rescuers and doctors to take us through a sensual, terrible and possibly poetic journey to a mythical island, will receive production funds. Parolier, a documentary by Rachel Marino on his immigrated Italian father, a worker turn lyricist of highly successful songs including those of Frédéric François, is receiving funds, as well as Les saisonniers by Charlotte Grégoire and Anne Schiltz, which tells the story of the lives of six Transylvania residents throughout the years.

As for short films, Gabriel Vanderpas will receive production funds for Iris après la nuit, while Raphaël Balboni and Ann Sirot will receive funds to finish Avec Thelma.

The complete list of films receiving funds from the first 2017 session of the Film Selection Commission can be viewed HERE (PDF).

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