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screen.brussels backs 20 new projects during its 17th session

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- The Brussels regional investment fund has released over €1.75 million to support 20 projects, including 8 feature films and 5 TV series

screen.brussels backs 20 new projects during its 17th session
Directors Mary Jimenez and Bénédicte Liénard, whose new project Fuga has been selected

screen.brussels, the Brussels regional investment fund, is supporting 20 new projects with more than €1.75 million to boost the Brussels audiovisual sector.

Among the projects supported is the new film by the duo Bénédicte Liénard and Mary Jimenez. After the moving By the Name of Tania [+see also:
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, which was screened in the Generation section of the Berlinale, they return with Fuga, a fictional film set once again in the Amazon, which follows the journey of Saor, a young androgynous Indian, who comes to bury the woman who was his mistress in his native village. In her death, Valentina has taken her secrets with her. By meeting those who were her friends, Saor dives into memories. He pierces the unspoken words and gradually understands the life of the woman he loved, to the point of being frightened. The film is produced by Clin d'œil Films (Belgium), Tu Vas Voir (France) and SNG Films (Netherlands).

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Another Belgian film supported is Delphine Girard's first feature film, Le plus vivant possible. The film features the characters already seen in the director's short film, Une soeur, which was shortlisted for the Oscars. The film is produced by Versus Production (Belgium), and co-produced by Haut et Court (France), The Reunion (Belgium) and Colonelle Films (Canada). The project had already won an award at Les Arcs Film Festival (read the news) and was supported by Wallimage and the Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Also noteworthy is the selection by the fund of Sauver Mozart, which marks the return of filmmaker Gérard Corbiau (The King is Dancing, Farinelli), produced by Saga Film (Belgium), Deal Productions (Luxembourg) and Film-Line Production (Germany) (read the news), as well as Jérôme Wandewattyne's The Belgian Wave, a 100% Belgian project which will be supported by Take Five.

Projects by non-Belgian directors were also selected, such as The Beast in the Jungle, the new film by Patric Chiha (If it were Love [+see also:
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, Brothers of the Night [+see also:
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), a huis-clos that adapts Henry James' eponymous short story originally published in 1903 to take the viewer into the world of the night, produced by Frakas, Aurora Films (France) and WILDart Films (Austria); and Le bleu du caftan, the new project by Maryam Touzani (Adam [+see also:
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), which deals with homosexuality in Moroccan communities where the subject is still taboo, and is produced by Velvet Films, Les films du nouveau monde (France) and Ali N'Production (Morocco).

Finally, it should be noted that the fund supports 3 Belgian series (season 3 of Ennemi Public, produced by Entre chien et loup and RTBF, the series Attraction, written by crime writer Barbara Abel and produced by Des Gens and RTBF, as well as the Flemish series Roomies by Kato De Boeck and Flo Van Deuren, produced by De Wereldvrede), a Swedish series (Stockholm Requiem - Hostage) and a French series (the Canal+ Original Creation Marie-Antoinette), 3 documentaries (directed by Louisiana Mees, François Gonce and the quartet of Zaïde Bil, Sam Peeters, Heleen Declercq and Ischa Clissen respectively) and 2 animated films.

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(Translated from French by Manuela Lazic)

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