Dirk Brossé x Meltse Van Coillie
Dirk Brossé, an internationally acclaimed conductor and award winning composer, is currently Music Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Music Director of Film Fest Gent. He has guest-conducted many top orchestras, all over the world. In 2008 he made his first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York.
Maestro Brossé is also a highly-regarded, award winning composer whose body of some 400 works includes concerti, oratorios, lieder, chamber music and symphonic pieces, as well as scores for cinema, television and stage, such as the Emmy-nominated score for the BBC/HBO series Parade’s End. Other scores include Prince of Africa, Daens, Tintin, Ben X, Pauline & Paulette, 14-18 and the nature documentary Onze Natuur.
Maestro Brossé is a versatile and creative performer with a keen interest in cinematic music: he is an early advocate of bringing movie scores to concert venues. He was chosen by John Williams to conduct the Star Wars in Concert World Tour in 2009, the first world tour of its kind. Maestro Dirk Brossé has made more than 100 CD recordings and has collaborated with world-class artists such as John Williams, Toots Thielemans, Gabriel Yared, Hans Zimmer, Elmer Bernstein and Maurice Jarre.
Meltse Van Coillie
With Elephantfish, her graduation project at KASK, Meltse Van Coillie, born in 1992, won a VAF Wildcard. The atmospheric film is set on a ship in the middle of an endless sea. The sailors are bored and therefore dream themselves into a parallel world. Imagination takes over. With the money from the Wildcard, she then turned the camping-situated Zonder meer. Outwardly, little happens on a sun-drenched campsite where a little boy goes missing, but ordinary life is upside down. Little Lucie watches and, like everyone else, holds her breath. Zonder meer premiered at the 2021 Berlinale Shorts and was awarded the Grand Prix at Encounters in Bristol. The jury spoke of a skillful evocation of childlike curiosity and the subtle uncompromising aesthetic.
When Meltse Van Coillie wanted to shoot her next short film, Nocturnus, in Greenland, she was brutally confronted with global warming. There was no snow left in the place she wanted to shoot. She had to seek the Arctic village for her film higher up. There, a scientist slowly falls out of her role as observer. She did fullfill that role herself when she got to report on the effects of global warming at the South Pole aboard the German Polarstern with her camera. A perfect preparation for her first feature film Torpor, which she is developing as part of the Cinéfondation in Cannes.