The 9th Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême (Angoulême Festival of the Francophone Film) is taking place from 23 until 28 August 2016. Among the nie movies in competition, two are actually Luxembourgish coproductions: 'Souvenir', a comedy drama, and 'Noces', a drama. Famous Belgian actress Virginie Efra and famous Belgian film critic and producer Gilles Jacob are heading the jury.
The Angoulême festival brings together the big names of the French-speaking cinema in one place. Be it animation films or previews of feature films, the festival gives an overview of the current French productions and pays tribute to some old productions that have been very successful.
Luxembourg is putting all of its eggs in the dama genre basket
This year, two Luxembourgish coproductions, 'Souvenir' and 'Noces' (Wedding) represent Luxembourg and Belgium respectively.
A movie by Belgian 45 year old director Bavo Defurne and coproduced by Deal Productions, located in Kehlen in Luxembourg, it tells the story of Liliane, a forgotten singer, who once participated in the Eurovision sond contest. After meeting a young boxer who believes in her, she attempts a comeback. The main protagonist is played by acclaimed French actress Isabelle Huppert.
The movie is screened on 24, 26 and 27 August 2016.
A movie by 52 year old Belgian filmmaker Stephen Streker, coporduced by Tarantula Luxembourg, also located in Kehlen in Luxembourg, which tells the story of young Pakistani Zahira. Sha wants to keep the baby which grows inside her. Amir, her bother and protector, promises to help her. But their parents have other plans for the young girl.
This movie is screened on 24, 25, 26 and 27 August 2016.
'Action gave drama, and drama ... was glory'. – thus science fiction writer Gregory Benford. Let's hope this that these two feature films win Luxembourg some glory!
Luxembourg's expanding film industry
The Luxembourg film industry is an emerging sector in the Grand Duchy's economy. The production companies benefit particularly from the financial support of the Luxembourg Filmfund. Together with d'filmakademie (the Film Academy), the Filmfund organizes the 'Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis' (Luxembourg Film Prize), which rewards the best Luxembourg productions, every two years.
Currently, the sector employs more than 600 people, divided between thirty production or post-production companies, but also studios such as Filmland Kehlen. To respond to the demand of this sector, a BTS course in animation drawing is offered by the Lycée technique des Arts et Métiers.
(Article written by the editorial team of the portal www.luxembourg.lu)