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Ultranova - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

ONE OF the surprise indie packages of the forthcoming London Film Festival could well be the Belgian film, Ultranova, if advance word is anything to go by.

Sandra Hebron, artistic director, refers to it as a 'small gem of a film' that 'is one of the discoveries of the year'.

Ultranova was written and directed by Bouli Lanners and is described further as a droll and understated piece of cinema that delivers simple but genuine pleasures.

 

Set in and around Liege's semi-industrial hinterland, the film follows the fortunes of Dimitri, an introvert who makes his living as one of a team of estate agents charged with the unenviable task of selling starter homes in drab locations.

Following a chance meeting with a girl Dimitri begins a tentative romance that seems doomed to falter.

To add to his woes, Dimitri's workmates have problems of their own which are drawn in typically elliptical fashion as befits the low key tone of the film.

Lanners trained as a landscape painter and uses this background to apparently lend the film its distinctive look, which is complimented by an atmospheric score from Jarby McCoy.

The film that results deftly balances melancholia and mirth to deliver what could well become one of the unexpected treats of the festival.

It only runs for 86 minutes and can be booked for showing on October 21 and 23.

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