directed by Gilles Coulier
Three siblings from a family on the edge of the abyss.
In the cold waters of the North Sea, Leon Broucke falls overboard his fishing boat right before the eyes of his eldest son, Jean. The old man slips into a deep coma, leaving his son behind with a huge debt and the responsability of the family business. The absence of his father sets off an aftershock of conflicts between him and his two brothers. Cargo is a story about how desperation can bring a family to the edge of destruction.
DRAMA DCP/HD - 2017 - BELGIUM/NETHERLANDS/FRANCE - 91min
ORIGINAL TITLE CARGO
ORIGINAL LANGUAGES Dutch, French
CAST Sam Louwyck, Wim Willaert, Sebastien Dewaele
PRODUCED BY De Wereldvrede, Halal Films, Chevaldeuxtrois
GILLES COULIER is a Belgian director, producer, scriptwriter and partner and cofounder of De Wereldvrede. Gilles studied Audiovisual Arts at the Sint-Lukas Brussels University of Art and Design. Besides video clips and publicity he started off by making three shorts, 'Iceland', 'Paroles' and 'Mont Blanc'. 'Iceland' was shot in Ostend and tells the story of an ex-prisoner trying to pick up life. It was selected for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in the Cinefondation section and won several awards in other festivals. His Masterfilm 'Paroles' was nominated for several Film Festivals and was Jury Prize Winner at the International Shortfilm Festival of Leuven in December 2010. The film was shot in Ostend and tells the story of 2 brothers in search of their father.
Coulier graduated in September 2011 and used his 'Flemish Film Fund Wildcard' to create his first professional short 'Mont Blanc'. This short was produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet Films and was coached by Felix Van Groeningen, known as the director of 'The Misfortunates' and 'The Broken Circle Breakdown'. 'Mont Blanc' was selected in April 2013 for the Cannes Film Festival in the Official Shortfilm Competition. In 2014 Coulier completed writing & directing the fiction series 'The Natives' (Bevergem) for CANVAS. It was highly welcomed and appreciated by the audience with high ratings. The series won several Flemish television awards and was selected for the BANFF Rockie Awards for Best Comedy. In 2015 Gilles continued working on the script of his first feature ‘Cargo’ for De Wereldvrede. He participated at the 2016 Torino Film Lab. In 2016 he completed the shooting of ‘Cargo’, which was released in 2017. Gilles is currently directing the television series ‘De Dag’ for production company Woestijnvis and is writing a new fiction series ‘The Year of the Tiger’ for De Wereldvrede.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - WINNER BEST SCREENPLAY
OSTEND FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Official Selection
SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Official Selection
BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Official Selection
TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Official Selection
FESTIVAL DE CINEMA EUROPEEN DES ARCS 2017 - Official Selection
TORINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Official Selection
GÖTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - Official Selection