Michaël Goldberg and Boris Van Gils’ ethos could be summed up in the following sentence: Making audience driven auteur films, which are able to reach the mainstream market without compromise on quality and authorial intent.
With a 15 years strong partnership, this productuion duo always puts at the forefront of their process the director’s vision. This approach has allowed them to bring out movies that are hits with critics and audience alike.
NOCES / A WEDDING was the number one Belgian French speaking film of 2017. This critically acclaimed and box-office success was also the breakthrough of its director, Stephan Streker. NOCES/ A WEDDING was nomited for best foreign picture at the French Academy of CESAR and amassed more than 20 awards and 50 official festival selections worldwide including: TIFF, IFFR, Marrakech Film Festival and Rome Film Fest. NOCES/ A WEDDING was sold in over 25 territories.
LES RAYURES DU ZÈBRE / SCOUTING FOR ZEBRAS a popular comedy directed by Benoît Marriage who was revealed by the directors’ fortnight in Cannes for « The Carriers are Waiting » and starring major French star: Benoît Poelvoorde. LES RAYURES DU ZÈBRE / SCOUTING FOR ZEBRAS became the number one Belgian French speaking film of 2014.
VIVA RIVA! by Djo Tunda Wa Munga is a breakthrough African movie shot in Kinshasa (DR Congo), receiving multiple official selections including the Berlinale, TIFF and SxSW. The film was sold in over 35 territories, including a nation-wide release in the United States and winning 6 Africa Movie Academy Awards. VIVA RIVA! was also recipient of the MTV Movie Award for Best African Feature Film.
Boris Van Gils and Michaël Goldberg’s international approach gives them the freedom needed to not only make their own productions but also to partner with other companies to produce films and tv shows they believe in, especially with their servicing branch in Abidjan, offering unique African sets and landscapes.
In a strive to discover and promote new talent, Michaël and Boris have recently produced T’ES MORTE HELENE / YOU’RE DEAD HELEN short film. This proved to be a major success: after winning the Rhode Island Festival and receiving more than 40 awards and more than 60 festival official selections, T’ES MORTE HELENE/YOU’RE DEAD HELEN was an Oscar Shortlisted film. More recently BOUCAN FILMS stroke a deal with TriStar, Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert to coproduce the feature film remake.
BOUCAN FILMS has also recently released the brand new feature directed by Stephan Streker titled L’ENNEMI / THE ENNMY starring Jérémie Renier, and winner of Best Film and Best Acting awards at the London Film Week.
By the side of the producers, you will find a team which includes our production manager Ana Da Costa: an ESEC film school and HEC Paris graduate, with 10 years of experience in cinema investment, development and production.
Whether a film is an executive or a line production, the passion and values don’t change. BOUCAN FILMS has to set the bar high to meet the demands of the audience in terms of quality and content.