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Kadir Balci

Kadir Balci

Belgium

Scriptwriter, Film Director

TFL

AdaptLab Participant 2016

biography

Kadir Balci was born in 1970 in Belgium, in the historical town of Ghent. He studied film directing at Ghent Academy of Fine Arts and followed a two-year course in the United Kingdom at the Bournemouth Film School. After working in the UK as an assistant director he returned to Belgium to work on different film projects for museums, companies, musicians and television. In 2010 Kadir wrote and directed his first feature TURQUAZE which was a box office hit. For his second feature MARRY ME, he worked with screenwriter Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem and producer Dries Phlypo from A Private View. At the beginning of 2015 MARRY ME was released in Belgian theatres. Recently he directed the first episodes of a new television series, AMIGOS, set to be released in March 2017.

company profile

A Private View is an independent Belgium-based film company co-owned by writer/producer Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem and producer Dries Phlypo. The company, founded in 1994, is best known for its Cannes Critics Week-winner MOSCOW, BELGIUM (2008) directed by Christophe van Rompaey and its Montreal Film Festival-winner OXYGEN (2010) directed by Hans van Nuffel. Both films, spoken in Flemish, were huge local hits in Belgium.

A Private View first drew attention with two children’s films: fantasy feature THE BALL (1999), which opened the Berlin Kinderfilmfest in 1999, and SCIENCE FICTION (2002), both directed by Dany Deprez. The company co-produced many youth films with the Netherlands including BONKERS (2006) by Martin Koolhoven, DUNYA AND DESIE (2008) by Dana Nechushtan, EEP (2010) by Rita Horst as well as TAKING CHANCES (2011) by Nicole Van Kilsdonk.

Other coproductions of A Private View are the feature films LENA (2011) by Christophe Van Rompaey, VALENTINO (2012) by Remy van Heugten, SPUTNIK (2013) by Marcus Dietrich, IN YOUR NAME (2014) by Marco van Geffen, ZURICH (2015) by Sacha Polak, ANDRE HAZES: THE BIOPIC (2015) by Diederick Koopal and IN THE HEART (2015) by Nicole Van Kilsdonk. Coproductions in post-production are BEE LUCKY by Phillippe De Pierpont and COUPLE IN A HOLE by Tom Geens. The documentary WAITING FOR AUGUST (2014) by Ana Teodora Mihai scored at several major festivals such as Karlovy Vary and Hot Docs in Canada.

A Private View produced several Belgian box office hits, including dramatic comedies such as LONG WEEKEND (2005) by Hans Herbots, A PERFECT MATCH (2007) by Miel van Hoogenbemt, THE OVER THE HILL BAND (2009) by Geoffrey Enthoven, BRASSERIE ROMANTIEK (2012) by Joël Vanhoebrouck and MARRY ME (2015) by Kadir Balci. Their short film NA WEWE (2010) by Ivan Goldschmidt was nominated for an Academy Award. BAD HUNTER (2014) by Sahim Omar Kalifa is the last short film of A Private View and touring at festivals at the moment.

Currently A Private View is producing their first television series (10 episodes) AMIGO’S written by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem and Pierre De Clercq and directed by Kadir Balci and Hendrik Moonen. The feature film VINCENT AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Christophe Van Rompaey, a co-production with France, is at post-production stage and development on Sahim Omar Kalifa’s first feature project ZAGROS has started. ZAGROS has won the price for ‘Best Filmpitch’ at the Arras Days of the Arras International Film Festival and obtained ‘La bourse CNC d’aide au développement de projet’.