Director Bio

Emmanuelle Bonmariage

Emmanuelle Bonmariage is a trained actrice. She started out going between cinema and theatre, playing her first roles in short films, like Mon papa d’Amérique by Daniel Hiquet. She also held small roles in television and feature films and many times took part in the acting work directed by Benoît Lamy at the IAD Film School. She also lent her voice to radio news broadcasts at the RTBF (Belgian Teleradio). For several years, she played in various youth theatre companies. Some of these plays toured for several seasons in Belgium, France and Switzerland. At the same time, she participated in scenario writing workshops led by Louis Dominique Lavigne, Veronike Mabardi and Luc Jabon. Emmanuelle Bonmariage wrote and recorded the play Le soleil luit pour tout le monde (The Sun Shines for Everyone) and took part in several collective writings. She co-authored two short films, Les provisions / Contre sens and adopted the dialogues for the animated film Couleur de peau miel. Her interest in writing continues with the writing of a feature film with Laurent Brandenbourger, Si je t’attrape, je te tue. A docufiction project is in development. She is part of the theatrical reading groupe Lumières pour enfants combined with a philosophical discussion (training with Martine Nolis)
She is currenty working with Anne-Sophie de Bueger on the project Abord’age, leading workshops of singular expression in a retirement home. For fifteen years, she has been directing numerous theatre workshops and training for various people: newcomers to Belgium, future teachers and child care workers, children in difficulty, all under the authority of Bruxelles Laïque, the Cocof, la Montagne Magique and the Roseraie. She is the casting director on Marta Bergman’s feature film, Seule à mon mariage (to be released soon). MANU is her first film.

Producers

Clin d’Oeil Films

Clin d’œil Films is a Belgian production company founded and managed by Antoine Vermeesch and Hanne Phlypo out of their love for film. The company focuses on creative documentaries and author-driven film with a clear preference for films with a social or political statement by creative and innovative filmmakers. Antoine and Hanne work in close collaboration with their filmmakers. At the same time, Clin d’oeil Films aims to co-produce international films for theatrical release, TV or internet.

In 2010, Clin d’œil produced Silent Stories by Hanne Phlypo and Catherine Vuylsteke, followed by Houses with Small Windows, a short fiction by Bülent Öztürk (selected at the prestigious Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival and nominated at the European Film Awards) and The Art of Becoming by Hanne Phlypo and Catherine Vuylsteke.

In 2014, the company produced the award-winning Waiting for August by Teodora Ana Mihai (Best International Documentary at Hot Docs 2014, nominated at the EFA Awards, etc.) as well as a documentary series by Damien Chemin, Fanaticos (co-produced by the Belgian National Television

RTBF). In 2016, the company produced Samuel in the Clouds, a film by Pieter Van Eecke which received the Best Cinematography Prize at the Bilbao Mehdi Film Festival and the Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, amoung others. In 2016-2017, Clin d’œil coproduced A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert (EFA Awards nominee), BUGS by Andreas Johnson and Ubiquity by Bregtje Van der Haak.

Several projects are currently in development and in production at Clin d’œil: Madre del Oro by Mary Jiménez and Bénédicte Liénard, Fields of Hope by Olivier Magis, Traces d’un village by Nicolas Graux (in coproduction with the Belgian company Dérives), Love is Not an Orange by Otilia Babara, La vie est un jeu de cartes by Philippe de Pierpont and The Mercurius of Molenbeek by Reetta Huhtanen (in co-production with Zone2Pictures).

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Credits and Partners

A Film written and directed by Emmanuelle Bonmariage With Manu Bonmariage Produced by Hanne Phlypo & Antoine Vermeesch Camera Léo Lefèvre, Joachim Philippe & Chris Renson Sound Bruno Schweisguth & Fabrice Osinski Editing Luc Plantier Sound Editing Bert Aert Sound Design & re-recording Mixing Senjan Jansen Original Music Sacha Toorop A Clin d’œil films Production in co-production with CBA – Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles, RTBF (Télévision belge) & CANVAS With the Support of Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), The Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter Empowered by Belfius  

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