Playground
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    7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel are back to school. When Nora witnesses Abel being bullied by other kids, she rushes to protect him by warning their father. But Abel forces her to remain silent. Caught in a conflict of loyalty, Nora will ultimately try to find her place, torn between children's and adult's worlds.

    Awards

    • Belgium's Official Submission to the 94th Academy Awards
    • Shortlist, Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards
    • FIPRESCI Prize, Un Certain Regard - Cannes FF
    • Special Jury Mention, Promoting Gender Equality - Sarajevo FF
    • Sutherland Award - London BFI
    • Best Actress (Maya Vanderbeque) - El Gouna FF
    • Just Film Grand Prix - Tallinn Black Nights

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Laura Wandel
    Cinematography
    Frédéric Noirhomme
    Editing
    Nicolas Rumpl
    Sales
    INDIE SALES
    Production
    DRAGONS FILMS

    Press

    A sit-up-and-take-notice blend of outstandingly natural performances enhanced by spot-on cinematic choices.

    Screen Daily

    Laura Wandel

    Laura Wandel

    Belgium

    I don't want to have a passive audience; I want them to participate in the story. That's why, in the cinema I tend to make, action happening out of the frame is so important. In that way, I think the unique force and beauty of cinema is to generate collective and empathetic experiences.

    Laura Wandel was born in 1984 in Belgium where she studied filmmaking at the IAD school. Her school film MURS (2007) was selected in many festivals around the world. After her first short film O NÉGATIF (2010), she directed the short FOREIGN BODIES (2014), selected in competition at Cannes FF. PLAYGROUND (2021) is her first feature, which premiered and was awarded at Cannes FF.

    Selected Filmography