Photo: Joren De Weerdt
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short film Stephanie, starring 13-year-old Charlotte Verwimp from Hallar (Heist-op-den-Berg), has been selected for short film festivals in Kiev, Ukraine, and Palm Springs, United States. Director Leonardo Van Del’s film was also nominated for last year’s Cannes Film Festival. In her country, the print won the Ensor Award for Best Short Film.
recordings Stephanie It happened about two years ago. The story revolves around the relationship between a coach and a gymnast. To see the film, director Leonardo van Diegel and production house De Wereldvrede sought children out of the world of gymnastics. Charlotte had no acting experience, however she was chosen from among 800 interested parties for the role of Stephanie. Her co-star Sophie Decler plays coach Patricia.
Charlotte started this school year at the best sports school in Ghent, but this week decided to put an end to it. “She was in boarding school and was home for only a day and a half every week,” says her mother, Ann Seungers. “She couldn’t bear to miss her home for long, which we totally understand. She will continue to do gymnastics at A-level, but no longer at Ghent. She will pretty much go back to her mother’s club in Mortsel.”
Meanwhile, Charlotte also got a second acting experience. It plays a role in the unknown, a new feature film directed by Peter Monsaert, starring Quin de Boe. “It’s usually expected to be shown in cinemas in October,” Ann knows.
The Charlotte family is proud that Stephanie continues to do well with experts and critics alike. The best proof of this is the selection of two other prestigious film festivals. The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival takes place from June 22-28. The Kiev International Short Film Festival will be held from 4 to 8 August.