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Monday, February 20, 2017
FILM MOVEMENT RELEASES ROBIN PRONT’S
AWARD-WINNING DRAMA THE ARDENNES
ON DVD & VOD ON MARCH 7th
"Tense and violent... rough beauty...like something out of a grisly storybook…" – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
Belgium’s Official Submission for the 89th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film
February 20, 2017 (New York, NY) – Film Movement, the New York-based distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films, is pleased to announce that THE ARDENNES, the debut film by Belgian writer-director Robin Pront, will be released on DVD,VOD and digitally on March 7th. Drugs, crime, and the bonds of brotherhood create this dark crime thriller, which stars Kevin Janssens; Jeroen Perceval, who also co-wrote the film; Veerle Baetens (THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN); and Jan Bijvoet (BORGMAN). THE ARDENNES was produced by Oscar-nominee Bart Van Langendonck (BULLHEAD) and was Belgium’s official submission for this year’s Academy Awards.
Four years after Kenneth (Janssens) is released from prison for a botched robbery and home invasion, he anxiously comes home to pick up where he, his brother, and his girlfriend – his partners in crime – left off, ready to resume the drug-crime lifestyle again. But both Dave (Perceval) and ex-girlfriend Sylvie (Baetens) have since adopted clean lifestyles and, unbeknownst to Kenneth, have started dating. After a failed attempt at a real job at a car wash, Kenneth corrals his brother to help him cover up one last crime he has compulsively committed, taking them to the namesake forest where they meet up with Kenneth’s eccentric former cellmate (Bijvoet) and a gaggle of other questionable characters.
Called “a straight-on, lean-and-mean genre film from Belgium” (Film-Forward), the award-winning film has been shown at numerous international and domestic film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, where it debuted in 2015; International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Chicago and Palm Springs International Film Festivals, among others. Indiewire calls THE ARDENNES an “imaginative debut film…calling up comparisons to FARGO, TRAINSPOTTING and the early films of Quentin Tarantino,” while Todd Brown of the Screen Anarchy notes that “straddling the line between arthouse and genre, THE ARDENNES is a very strong debut sure to challenge and reward fans on both sides of that divide.”
Additional praise for THE ARDENNES:
“Thrillingly nasty and darkly funny” –Robin Holland, Talking Pictures
“Gritty... attention-grabbing” –John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter
“Starts with a splash and ends with a bang” – Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail
THE ARDENNES will be available on DVD and premiere on VOD and digital outlets on March 7th. The DVD will be available to own from FilmMovement.com, Amazon.com and other retailers.
Bonus features on the DVD of THE ARDENNES include an interview and commentary with director Robin Pront and actor Kevin Janssens; a making-of featurette; and Pront’s acclaimed 15-minute short film INJURY TIME, about an Antwerp football fan who seeks revenge after being brutally beaten by a group of rivals.
In addition to THE ARDENNES, holdover on-demand programming in March will include SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE, an award-winning indie directed by Lanre Olabisi (AUGUST THE FIRST) which chronicles the rocky relationship of a couple who each subsequently begin messy affairs with beautiful younger women.
These VOD titles can be found on Charter Spectrum, Verizon, Suddenlink, Mediacom and other smaller cable providers as well as digital platforms Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox and others.
A full list of March films available On Demand from Film Movement follows:
New to On Demand this Month:
THE ARDENNES – premieres March 7th – View Trailer
Directed by Robin Pront. With Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Jan Bijvoet, Veerlee Baetens, Sam Louwyck, Viviane de Muynck, and Eric Godon. Belgium. Drama, Thriller. Flemish and French with English subtitles. Not rated. 2015. 93 minutes A Film Movement Release.
The rivalry between two brothers comes to a slow-burning climax during a sinister trip to the Belgian countryside.
Holdover Title on Cable and Digital VOD:
SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE – View Trailer
About Film Movement
Celebrating its 15th year, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide, and last year it had its first Academy Award-nominated film, Naji Abu Nowar’s THEEB. Film Movement’s theatrical distribution strategy has evolved to include promising American independent films, documentaries, and an even stronger slate of foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Koreeda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com.