Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Opening of Made in Europe film festival

Successful opening of one of Maastricht's finest festivals, Made in Europe film festival opened last night.
I'm looking forward to this film festival week.

Made in Europe opened last night with Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-Limburgian film RUNDSKOP.

After successful reception at Berlinale this is the Dutch premiere of 'RUNDSKOP', with powerful performances by Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian and Frank Lammers.

The film was officially selected for the PANORAMA program category at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it received rave reviews. More than 360,000 people have seen the film since its Belgian release at the beginning of February.

Director Roskam and starring actor Matthias Schoenaerts both attened Made in Europe’s opening night screening of their film.

Rundskop is a compelling drama about lost innocence, fate, loyalty and treason, set against the backdrop of Limburgian cattle farming and the West-Flemish hormone-mafia. In the Limburgian city of Sint-Truiden, Jacky Vanmarsenille manages his cattle farm. A corrupt veterinarian approaches him with an illegal business deal. After this, everything goes from bad to worse, and as the story unfolds, a horrible secret from Jacky’s past takes center stage.
It took three years for starring actor Matthias Schoenaerts to physically prepare himself for the role of Jacky Vanmarsenille. The result is impressive; Matthias gained 27 kilos and studied hard to learn the Limburgian dialect.

The huge success of Rundskop proves that a film with authentic regional features can attract international attention. Made in Europe’s selection of Rundskop faithfully adheres to the festival’s ambition to showcase – from the international location of the Euregion (South Limburg, Liège, Belgian Limburg and Aachen) – Europe’s rich cultural diversity. On one hand, the tale of cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille is a universal story about friendship and treason, while on the other it is a higly local portrait of the Limburgian farming world.

As of May 5th Dutch audiences can see Rundskop in cinemas across the Netherlands.
Check it out!!http://rundskop.be/

The main festival guest, Hafsia Herzi, attended the destival opening. The French actress will accept the first Made in Europe Film Award for her outstanding contributions to European film culture.

Hafsia Herzi, French actress of Algerian and Tunisian descent. She is best known for her debut role in the award-winning Franco-Tunisian feature 'Le Graine et le Mulet' (The Secret of the Grain) for which she won the award for most promising actress.

And there was a red carpet

For more information about the festival and the program: http://www.madeineurope.nu/

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