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Cinéma-mondeDecentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French$
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Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414982

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414982.001.0001

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Cinema Made in Liège: A ‘Hub’ of Francophone Belgian Filmmaking

Cinema Made in Liège: A ‘Hub’ of Francophone Belgian Filmmaking

(p.257) Chapter 12 Cinema Made in Liège: A ‘Hub’ of Francophone Belgian Filmmaking

Jamie Steele

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the development of both ‘regional’ and ‘local’ funds and institutions – such as Wallimage and Pôle Image de Liège - that are designed to support local filmmaking activity and to entice projects to the city and the surrounding areas. This discussion engages with two key strands: (1) the attraction of co-production finance for ‘regional’ or ‘national’ film projects, and (2) the use of Liège as a production base. The first strand will develop the extent to which ‘regional’ film funds and institutions have production ‘knowledge’ on a local level. This is particularly the case for the Dardenne brothers, Bouli Lanners, Joachim Lafosse, Micha Wald, and Lucas Belvaux, whose films are all shot and located in the metropolitan area of Liège and are co-productions with France. The second strand. focuses on ‘runaway’ and minority-Belgian co-productions and considers how Liège has functioned as a key milieu for international co-productions, and how the city’s post-production facilities have been used for films such as De rouille et d’os (Jacques Audiard, 2012).

Keywords:   Wallimage, Belgian cinema, Co-production, Dardenne brothers, Bouli Lanners, Film funding, Joachim Lafosse, cinema industry hub

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