Nic Balthazar wins the prize for best director in Montreal

“Everybody Happy”, the new film by Nic Balthazar, in the night of Monday to Tuesday in the prices of cases on the Wereldfilmfestival of Montreal. The film was awarded with the Prize for Best Director.

Nic Balthazar, on archive view © BELGA

“An official competition between movies is something that you are actually a little stupid must find,” was the first reaction of Nic Balthazar. “Unless you win a prize. Then you are especially happy. That – even on the other side of the ocean – people, apparently, have understood, what we do with our film wanted to do and say. Montreal is a fantastic launch pad proved to be my first film. It would be nice if the same fairy tale is once again taking place.”

In 2007 fell Balthazar already quite in the prices in with his debut feature “Ben X”, then the Big Prize, the Prix des Amériques, the Audience Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the awards. The film was to more than 50 countries and sold.

Enemy: himself!

“Everybody Happy” is Balthazars third feature film in the meantime, and tells the story of Ralph Hartman, a successful comedian who has a fight with his worst enemy: himself. In the film, alongside Peter Van den Begin as Ralph Hartman, among more Barbara Sarafian, Josse De Pauw, Jeroen Leenders and Leen Dendievel to see in the main roles.

“Everybody Happy” opens at the end of this week, the Film Festival of Ostend. The film draaitt from 28 september in the Belgian cinemas.


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