TIES THAT BIND films hit Toronto and Busan!

Press release

2 TIES THAT BIND films are hitting the festivals in September and October:

BITTER FLOWERS by Olivier Meys will have its international premiere in Fast Forward section of the Busan International Film Festival. Its North American premiere will be at the Chicago International Film Festival. Last month, THE SEEN AND UNSEEN by Kamila Andini premiered in Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform section.

Belgian director Olivier Meys’ feature debut was developed at TIES THAT BIND Europe-Asia Co-production Workshop by producer Valérie Bournonville (Tarantula, Belgium) who says they weredelighted to have been able to participate in the TIES THAT BIND workshop. In addition to opening our field of vision and assessing the potential of the Asian market, we were able to benefit from the expertise not only of the experts but also of the participants taking part in the programme.”

Valérie Bournonville and Joseph Rouschop (Tarantula, Belgium) have put together a 4 countries co-production with France (Mille et Une Films), Switzerland (PS Productions), Belgium (Tondo Films) and China (Spring Films, Beijing Culture). The film was supported by Fédération wallonie Bruxelles, Vlaamse Audiovisueel Fund, RTBF, Be TV, Casa Cafka Pictures, Cinéfinance, MEDIA Programme of the Europpean Union, Beijing Culture, Région Bretagne, Breizh Film Fund, OFC, RTS and Eurimages.

Loco Films is handling international sales and Beijing Culture Asia-Pacific sales. Cinéart is handling distribution for Benelux.

BITTER FLOWERS takes an interest in a little-known phenomenon, a very specific kind of immigration: that of Chinese women who try their luck in Europe, hoping to find a way to support their families back in China and almost inevitably falling into prostitution.

In September, TIES THAT BIND film THE SEEN AND UNSEEN by Kamila Andini, produced by Gita Fara (Treewater Productions, Indonesia), premiered in Toronto‘s competitive Platform section, “the place to look for the distinct stamp of today's most interesting directors as they establish their reputations".

The film was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund and Doha Film Institute. Cercamon is handling world sales.


THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who retreats to a fantastical, evocative dream space to deal with the impending loss of her twin brother.

After its premiere in TIFF’s Platform section, The Seen and Unseen will be shown in Busan’s Window on Asian Cinema section.

Furthermore, TIES THAT BIND  2017 project DOI BOY by Nontawat Numbenchapol, producer: Steve Chen (Anti-Archive, Cambodia), has been selected for the Busan's Asian Project Market.

Good news also for 3 TIES THAT BIND projects that have just been awarded development support by the Talents Tokyo Project Development Fund:

  • SYNCHRONICITY by Yusuke Kinoshita, producer: Ryohei Tsutsui (Trixta, Japan)

  • WHITE IN BLOOD by Sein Lyan Tun (PS Films, Myanmar)

  • MOTEL ACACIA by Bradley Liew, producer: Bianca Balbuena (Epicmedia Productions, Philippines).

Last but not least, TIES THAT BIND 2017 project TRIALS OF CHUL by Danilo Beckovic (Gargantua Films, Serbia), has received development support by Film Centre Serbia.

Page published 28 September 2017.

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