The 24th short film Festival Leuven will open on 1 december with the world premieres of “Chuck”, the directorial debut of Ish Ait Hamou and “Blight”, the first professional work of Raphaël Crombez in 2014 showered with prizes for his graduation film “Perdition County”. “Blight” is the result of the VAF Wildcard, which he then got. The Festival takes place in the arts centre STUK in Leuven, and runs from 1 to 8 december.
“Terminal”, with Veerle Dobbelaere and Nasrdin Dchar in the lead roles, is based on the third novel “If someone loses that you can’t lose” from the author, a dancer and choreographer Ish Ait Hamou. The novella tells the story of a chance meeting on the train between the former surgeon Els and the Palestinian refugee Sulayman. This conversation about their past and suffered trauma to put them both on a new track.
Already during the writing of the short story played Ish Ait Hamou with the idea of a film. He is to the public at large is mostly known as a choreographer and judge of “So You Think You Can Dance”, but he also writes of childhood stories. In 2014 he made his debut with the book “Hard heart”, which meanwhile, 10,000 copies were sold.