Thriller "D'Ardennen" by Belgian Director Robin Pront among the winners at the Festival Polar de Cognac


On Sunday 16 October, "D'ardennen" ("The Ardennes") – a Dutch-Belgian thriller and Belgian director Robin Pront's first full-length feature film – won the award for Best International Feature Film during the 21st Festival Polar de Cognac (held in the French region of Charentes), which celebrates the detective genre.

On Sunday 16 October, with his first film "D'ardennen" (2015), Robin Pront won over the jury of the 21st edition of the festival dedicated to the detective genre in cinema, series, and novels. In the film, the camera captures the adventures of two brothers after a robbery gone wrong. One is incarcerated while the other, who manages to escape, comforts his brother's fiancée.

The Belgian director based his film on a play by Joeren Perceval, who as it happens is also a member of the cast. He managed to convey the tense atmosphere as the two main characters are reunited and revenge is sought.

The "Polar" prize for Best Francophone Feature Film was awarded to Bouli Lanners, another Belgian director, for his film "The First, The Last" (2016) which depicts the story of two bounty hunters looking for a cell phone containing dangerous files. The 2016 Grand Prize was awarded to "Cruel" (2014), a film by French director Eric Cherrière in which the psychological thought process of a serial killer is described. And lastly, the prize for Best Francophone Short Film went to Yohann Charrin for "Premier Jour".

In the television series category, the British series "Vera" brought home the prize for Best International Televised Series. "Section de Recherches", by Vincent Giovanni, was awarded the prize for Best Francophone Televised Series. "Borderline", by Olivier Marchal, received the award for Best Television Film.

The Polar festival is dedicated to the detective genre in all its forms: short and feature films, series, television films, and novels. For this year's edition, the president of the jury was Claude Cancès, former Paris Police Chief.