Belgian director Laura Wandel’s first feature film “Un monde” was awarded the Sutherland Award for Best Debut at the BFI London Film Festival in London on Sunday. Distribution company Lumière announced this in a press release.
Brussels Director Laura Wandel replied: “It’s a very nice surprise to win this first prize.” “I am very proud that the film transcends the boundaries of language and can reach an English-speaking audience.”
It is only the third time that a Belgian film has won the Sutherland Award. Three years ago Lukas Dhont won with girl. The first prize went to 1966 The man who cut his hair by André Delvaux. In addition to Delvaux, the award has previously gone to filmmakers such as Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsay, Bruno Dumont, Tran Ann Hong, Chen Cage, Bernardo Bertolucci, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Jean-Luc Godard.
World She continues her triumphant career in international festivals with the first prize. The film began with a successful world premiere in Cannes, where the film won the Fipresci Award in the Un Certain Regard section.
It subsequently won awards in Guanajuato (Mexico), Orsens (Portugal), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and followed by select festivals in San Sebastian (Spain), Valencia (France) and Hamburg (Germany). In addition, the film was nominated for the European Film Awards.
World The Film Fest Gent official competition opened on Saturday evening and thus was the Belgian premiere. It is an all-Belgian production, with Dragons Films as lead producer and co-producer of Ghent’s Lunanime.
The film tells the story of Nora and her older brother Abel. When Nora goes to first grade, she sees Abel being harassed on the playground. While her father wants her to talk, her brother wants her to shut up. Above all, Nora hopes to make new friends, which leaves her with a devastating choice.
The film will be shown in Belgian cinemas starting October 20.