Belgium has submitted Flemish film “The Ardennes” (D'Ardennen, 2015) as its official selection for the best foreign-language film Academy Award.
The film, by Robin Pront, stars Veerle Baetens (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”), Jeroen Perceval (“Bullhead”) and Kevin Janssens. “The Ardennes” is produced by Savage Film’s Bart Van Langendonck, who produced Michaël R. Roskam’s 2012 Academy Award-nominated “Bullhead.” Roskam is also an associate producer on the film.
Director of photography is Robrecht Heyvaert (“Black”), with Alain Dessauvage (“Bullhead”) serving as editor. “The Ardennes,” which is Pront’s feature film debut, is represented internationally by Attraction Distribution. U.S. distributor Film Movement plans a theatrical release this fall.
The film tells the story of a brutal home-jacking that goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie...
The nominations will be announced Jan. 24 and the ceremony will be held Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Special Awards Screenings:
Sun, 12/4, 5:30pm – Flanders House, New York (********SOLD OUT***********************)
Wed, 12/7, 7:30pm – Soho House, West Hollywood
Thur, 12/8, 7:30pm – The Landmark, Los Angeles
Fri, 12/9, 7pm – WME Screening Rm, Beverly Hills
Sun, 12/11, 6pm – Dick Clark Theater, Santa Monica
Wed, 12/14, 7:30pm – Aero Theater, Santa Monica
Opens in Theaters :
1/6 in New York (Village East)
1/13 in Los Angeles (Laemmle Royal)