Fien Troch's 'Holly' to open 50th edition of Film Fest Gent
Seven years after winning the Audience Award and the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music with the internationally acclaimed Home, director Fien Troch returns to Film Fest Gent. Her new feature film will open the 50th edition of the festival. Highlighting the ever-growing reputation of Belgian cinema, FFG has opted for a Belgian opening film for a third year in a row. La Civil and Close opened their respective editions in 2021 and 2022.
With Holly, Fien Troch proves again she has a unique voice in Belgium's film industry. Home earned her the award for best director in the Orrizonti section in Venice and in September, Holly is competing for the Golden Lion at the Lido. In her trademark intuitive, sensitive style, Fien Troch tells a fascinating story about a 15-year-old girl who finds herself in a maelstrom when she seems to have predicted a deadly school fire. Suddenly all eyes are on her and a broken community tries to find solace and hope in her.
First-time actress Cathalina Geeraerts carries the weight of the titular character on her shoulders and is joined by Felix Heremans and Greet Verstraete, among others. Troch turned towards frequent collaborators Frank van den Eeden (photography: Close, Home) and Nico Leunen (editing: The Eight Mountains, Home) for her fifth feature. Johnny Jewel (Drive, Lost River, Home), the man behind the record label Italians do it better and the band Desire, has written the intriguing and atmospheric score for the film.
Holly is a production by Antonino Lombardo for Prime Time and Elisa Heene for Mirage, in co-production with Les Films du Fleuve, Tarantula, Topkapi, Tabiki and Agat Films.
Distributor Cinéart will release Holly in Belgian theatres on 22 November 2023.