When I asked writer-director Felix van Groeningen what he would do after the Oscar-nominated “Broken Circle Breakdown,” he insisted he’s stick close to home. And so he has. His next project is drama “Belgica” with Belgium’s hottest star, Cesar-winner Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone”) opposite Stef Aerts (“Oxygen”).
Belgica, Groeningen’s fifth feature film, is a family drama set in the midst of Belgium’s nightlife scene. Two brothers who open up a successful bar get swept up in its early success. Groeningen wrote the script with his “With Friends Like These” co-writer Arne Sierens. Groeningen will reteam with a number of his collaborators from “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” Menuet returns as producer in coproduction with Topkapi and Pyramide Productions, along with longtime producer Dirk Impens, director of photography Ruben Impens, and editor Nico Leunen. Principal photography will begin this Fall in Belgium.
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” is also up the César Award for Best Foreign Language film. Groeningen is currently represented by CAA along with Schoenaerts and Management 360. World sales for Belgica will be handled by The Match Factory.