Filming in Wallonia
Looking for a diverse region in the heart of Europe with an impressive number of high-quality professionals and digital post-production facilities? How about the Belgium region Wallonia? The home turf of Benoît Poelvoorde, François Damiens, Cécile de France, Joachim Lafosse and the Dardenne brothers is a fertile ground for the film industry.
Here at KFTV we’ve put together a little overview of the five provinces and the various locations Wallonia has to offer filmmakers.
The Province of Liege, a land for filming
Situated at less than an hour from Brussels, the Province of Liege offers a unique scenic diversity, natural, historic or unusual places as well as studios, airport, station, futurist building, typical houses, military fortresses, castles…
Recent productions include The Fifth Estate directed by Bill Condon with Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl and the feature film The Kid with a Bike by the Dardenne Brothers with Cécile de France et Thomas Goret.
The Province of Luxembourg, a ‘life-size’ location
Known for its remarkable natural heritage, Belgian Luxembourg claims ardently the appellation authentic Ardennes. Belgian Luxembourg has half of its territory covered by woods where bloom a rich in game fauna and diverse flora. The relief, strong in its deep valleys grooved by the rivers and streams and smooth on the plateaus, offers several breathtaking views
Recent productions include The Giants directed by Bouli Lanners with Zacharie Chasseriaud , Calvaire by Fabrice Du Welz with Laurent Lucas and Jackie Berroyer and Incognito by Eric Lavaine with Franck Dubosc and Bénabar.
The Province of Namur, between cinema facilities and authenticity
The Sambre and the Meuse – two major rivers – run smoothly through the Province. Welcome to Namur, the capital of Wallonia, and its beautiful surroundings.
Centrally located in the South of Belgium at and the heart of Europe, easily accessible, the Province of Namur and its headquarters offer a large diversity of picturesque landscapes
It has been home to La Marque des Anges, a novel adaptation directed by Sylvain White of Jean-Christophe Grangé , starring Gérard Depardieu, Joey Starr and Thierry Lhermitte. It also served as the location to A perdre la raison, was directed by Joachim Lafosse.
The Province of Hainaut, land of diversity
Ideally located between Paris and Brussels, Hainaut offers a huge diversity of potential landscapes and film sets. Thanks to its prestigious inheritance, Hainaut compiles 19 sites and events registered in the UNESCO patrimony. With its small villages, urban centres, forests, castles and industrial inheritance, Hainaut has managed to convince producers in search of the ideal film set since the birth of the Walloon cinema.
The Province of Walloon Brabant, in front of Brussels
The medieval castle of Bois-Seigneur-Isaac , set up for defensive purposes on the frontier between the county of Hainault and the duchy of Brabant, was transformed in the years 1730-40 into a charming “château de plaisance”, combining a harmonious classical façade and asymmetric wings with high windows. An old round tower still bears witness to the medieval past. The château is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped English-style park, involving a large number of remarkable trees.
Want to find out more ? Take a look at the Cinema Wallonia website www.cinemawallonia.be where they invite you to browse all of the tools to see if one of the five Walloon Provinces are suitable for your film productions or co-production.