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Astrid Whettnall talking to Paris Match about her part in Johnny Walker.

'Menthol' released on Vimeo

Four male twenty-somethings spend 24 hours reliving their high school glory days. The drugs, video games, and boozing end in a moment of terrible violence, forcing them to bury their guilt in this bleak and unflinching portrait of 21st Century male nihilism.

'Menthol' is written and directed by Micah Van Hove. Executive producer on the film is Steve Nicolaides (Boyz N The Hood, School of Rock, Poetic Justice). Kris De Meester (Four Roses, Johnny Walker) is one of the co-producers.

'Menthol' stars new and upcoming actors such as Johnny Wactor (from the hit tv series 'Siberia') and Lucas Elliot Eberl (Letters from Iwo Jima, Planet of the Apes).


'Menthol' is now available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/menthol

Official trailer of the upcoming feature film JOHNNY WALKER by Kris De Meester.

Cult actor and living legend Udo Kier completes cast of Dostoevsky adaptation Johnny Walker

Udo Kier had joined the cast of Johnny Walker, the new film adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel Notes From the Underground.
Currently in post-production, the film is produced and directed by Kris De Meester (Four Roses) and executive produced by Christine K. Walker (Howl, Life During Wartime, American Splendor).
Udo Kier will play the voice part of Fyodor, an evil voice in the head of the main character Johnny.
Johnny Walker is a black comedy about a hollywood director far past his prime.
Can a man who finds enjoyment in the very feeling of his own degradation possibly have a spark of respect for himself?
These and other considerations weigh heavily on the mind of main character Johnny, played by newcomer Hank Botwinik.
Using confused and often contradictory memoirs he tries to explain his alienation from modern society.
He lives isolated from the outside world and kills time wandering in the woods surrounding his castle.
He fantasizes about death, even longs for it.
He feels that to live longer than sixty years is bad manners, is vulgar, immoral.
Johnny Walker stars Eric Godon (In Bruges), Astrid Whettnall (Yves Saint Laurent), Mieke Daneels (Four Roses), Hank Botwinik and Christelle Cornil (Deux jours, une nuit)
Executive Producers: Christine Kunewa Walker (Howl, Life During Wartime, American Splendor), Koen Mortier (Ex-Drummer, Borgman), Eurydice Gysel (The White Queen, Borgman), Kristian Van der Heyden (Private Number), Mitchel A. Martin.
Co-producers: Tomas Leyers (Kill Me Please, Lost Persons Area, Blue Bird), Anton Scholten (Five Fingers, De Passievrucht), Svilen Kamburov (King’s Heart, Into the Gyre), Martin Dewitte (Parade’s End), Mieke Daneels (Gesmoord), Maxime Feyers, Kristina Liebrechts and Luc Slosse.
Associate Producers: Raj Kosaraju (Por Las Plumas), Fred Vrancken, Lucas Tavernier and Kenneth Kerckhofs.
Director/Producer: Kris De Meester (Four Roses)

Menthol premieres at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Screenings will be Saturday, Feb 1st @ 7:00pm and Monday, Feb 3 @ 8am. Santa Barbara is a pass-based festival, so individual tickets are not available. The cheapest tickets can be bought in ‘minipaks’ of 4x (this can get 1 person into 4 screenings, 4 people into 1 screening, or any combination). Minipaks can be purchased here:

http://shop.sbiff.org/product-p/4pak-2014.htm

For more information on the festival and to view the full lineup visit their homepage at: http://sbiff.org/

Costa Rican Film POR LAS PLUMAS Marks a First at Toronto

Costa Rican film Por las plumas / All About the Feathers (pictured), the directorial debut by Neto Villalobos, will have its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, marking the first time a film from the Central American country is featured in the festival. The film, about a security guard who wants to get into the cockfighting game buys, befriends, and becomes inseparable from his rooster protégé Rocky, will be playing at the ‘Discoveries’ section of the festival.

Director: Neto Villalobos
Country: Costa Rica
Year: 2013
Language: Spanish
Runtime: 85 minutes
Rating: PG
Producer: Neto Villalobos
Associate producer: Kris De Meester, Daniel Solé, Raj Kosaraju
Production Co.: La Sucia Centroamericana Producciones
Principal Cast: Allan Cascante, Sylvia Sossa, Marvin Acosta, Erlan Vasquez
Screenplay: Neto Villalobos
Cinematographer: Nicolas Wong
Editor: Neto Villalobos
Sound: Alexandra Latishev
Music: Florian Droids
Prod. Designer: Olga Madrigal
Int. Sales Agent: UDI - Urban Distribution International

'Vessel' at Fantasia 2013

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After the UK premiere at the London Sci-Fi Festival ‘Vessel’ will receive its North American premiere at the Montreal film festival Fantasia.

“Incredibly well focused and tight in execution… assured and strong” - Shelagh M. Rowan-Legg, TWITCHFILM

Kris De Meester joins ‘Menthol’, a feature film from the producer of Boyz N The Hood and School of Rock

Kris De Meester (director/producer of ‘Four Roses’ and the upcoming ‘Johnny Walker’) will be co-producing the micro budget feature film ‘Menthol’.

'Menthol' is written and directed by Micah Van Hove. Executive producer on the film is Steve Nicolaides (Boyz N The Hood, School of Rock, Poetic Justice). Methol can be described as a bleak snapshot of the modern 20-something plight. Four best friends from high school reunite for a night of male bonding & heavy drinking, a crisis forces them to face the consequences of their lifestyles.

'Menthol' stars new and upcoming actors such as Johnny Wactor (from the hit tv series 'Siberia') and Lucas Elliot Eberl (Letters from Iwo Jima, Planet of the Apes).

Belgian short film ‘Plankton’ by Mieke Daneels wins main prize in St. Petersburg

Ghent, DECEMBER 18, 2012 - The Belgian short film ‘PLANKTON’ by Mieke Daneels was just named best short film in the international competition during the 15th edition of the International Festival of Independent Cinema “Pure Dreams’ in St. Petersburg (Russia).

The festival is known as one of the largest film festivals for ‘independent films’ in Russia. Each year festival director Alexander Bashirov, one of Russia’s most famous actors / directors, presents a unique collection of experimental and avant-garde films.

The 15-minute short film ‘PLANKTON’ can best be described as a bizarre relationship drama on a beach.

'PLANKTON' premiered last month at the Clair Obscur Film Festival in Basel (Austria) and was also selected in Greece at the Thess International Short Film Festival where it could count on rave reviews.

Trailer (Youtube):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn7RK5DcY-w

Trailer (Vimeo):
https://vimeo.com/36163435

Official website ‘PLANKTON’:
http://www.zoffa.com/plankton

Catalogue of the festival:
http://www.deboshirfilm.ru/index.php?id=150

Four Roses ‘top of the bill’ at [X]FEFV in Croatia

In its third, renewed edition, Festival of Experimental Film and Video – [X]FEFV, presents recent exeperimental film and video art production enriched by other genre and style hybrids.

Along side with the short-length and mid-length works, festival program features one feature-length film. Four Roses by a Belgian filmmaker Kris De Meester, recalling early Jarmusch, represents an outstanding example of independent cinematography. Through its black-and-white patina, this De Meesters drama introduces us to twelve characters trapped within their hotel rooms, literally killing time, thus forming an ideal framework for exploration of isolation, interaction and being itself.

This year’s Festival of Experimental Film and Video was organized and the works were selected by

Art & Culture Laboratory [KUL], non-profit organization created with the goal of promotion and development of independent cultural and artistic expression and public activity.

http://k-u-l.hr/en/xfefv/

Belgian feature film “SMOTHERED” (Gesmoord) by Mieke Daneels wins ‘Prix de Nuit’ in Paris

The Belgian feature film “SMOTHERED” (Gesmoord) by Mieke Daneels was just awarded with Prix de Nuit at the 10th edition of the ‘International Festival Signes de Nuit’ which runs until October 16, 2012 in Paris.

"SMOTHERED" is a feature film that can best be described as an experimental drama. It tells the story of a traumatized mother and her 3 children fleeing reality. In a surreal world she tries to find peace and reconciliation. This story is mainly being told visually and by means of reprocessed emotions, the narrative character of the classic movie is hereby largely avoided. Mieke Daneels can be boxed in the more innovative film movement "intuitive cinema", in which we also find other Belgian filmmakers such as Peter Brosens / Jessica Woodworth (Altiplano, Khadak) and Gust Van den Berghe (Blue Bird, Little Baby Jesus or Flandr).

"SMOTHERED" premiered at the London Independent Film Festival and was previously seen in Paris during the Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinemas. Fashion156.com, an important blog about fashion and graphics, described the film as follows: "This film is shot so beautifully you could almost watch it on mute. But When teamed with the soundtrack, Mieke Daneels Creates a fantastically eerie landscape."

The international jury of the section “Cinema in Transgression” gave the following explanation:
'Prix de Nuit' honours films, which are able to balance ambiguity and complexity characterised by enigmatic mysteriousness and subtleness, which keeps mind and consideration moving.

Trailer (Youtube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGk2RGe00wk
Trailer (Vimeo): https://vimeo.com/33110011
Official Website “BRAISED ‘: http://www.gesmoord.com
Website International Festival Signes de Nuit: http://www.signesdenuit.com/