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As part of its 92nd session, Wallimage is investing €1.5 million in nine projects, including three Belgian feature films.

In its last round of funding in 2018, Wallimage Coproductions has chosen to support three new French-speaking Belgian films: The Son of Bigfoot 2, the sequel to the film by Ben Stassen and Jérémie Degruson, La Ruche, Christophe Hermans‘ first feature film, and Animals, the new film by Nabil Ben Yadir.

The Son of Bigfoot 2 is the sequel to The Son of Bigfoot, released in 2017, which attracted more than eight million viewers worldwide. The film is an nWave production, the company created by Ben Stassen a few years ago, a leading 3D animation outfit in the European and global markets. Ben Stassen will also be releasing his latest film in April, The Queen’s Corgi, which is hotly anticipated.

Christophe Hermans has distinguished himself thus far with various short films and documentaries. His first feature, La Ruche, stars the young actress Sophie Breyer, discovered in the TV series La Trêve,and the French actress Ludivine Sagnier. The film was produced by Frakas.

Wallimage will also be supporting Nabil Ben Yadir’s new film (Les Barons, La Marche, Blind Spot). It tackles a very painful subject, the murder of a young man in Liege, tortured overnight by four men simply because he was gay. The title of the film is taken from a sentence pronounced during the torturers’ trial: “We are not animals!” The film will be produced by 10:80, the outfit founded by the director and producer Benoît Roland (Wrong Men), who has also previously worked on Patser by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and Lukas by Julien Leclercq.

Wallimage has allocated funding to three European genre films: The Shift by Alessandro Tonda, a co-production between Tarantula and the Italian company Notorious Pictures, The Sound of Philadelphia by Jérémie Guez (the screenwriter of Lukas),starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Garrett Hedlund, co-produced in Belgium by Gapbusters, produced by Killer Films in the USA and by Cheyenne Films in France, and Morsures by Romain de Saint-Blanquat, co-produced by Velvet Films in Belgium and produced by Easy Tiger in France.

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