Johnny Walker~ A Belgian Film

127 Hours

The movie 127 Hours tells the story of Aron Ralston, an adventurer who set out on a hike through Utah’s Canyon lands National Park. Trekking through one deep canyon, Ralston inadvertently jarred a boulder loose. The boulder fell on top of him and wedged his arm against the canyon wall.

For days, Ralson was stuck there in the canyon. His arm had lost all circulation and was essentially dead. He finally realized that his only chance for survival was to do the unthinkable: use his pocket knife to cut off his own arm. And that’s just what he did.

Ralston survived that horrific ordeal because he was willing to cut off what was killing him for the sake of saving his own life.

It is a touching movie.

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Here comes a movie which after a long time gives us a fresh perspective of the marvelous emotion called ‘love’! And the beauty is that it doesn’t do it halfheartedly or for the sake of it. It holds our hands and takes us into a totally unknown world, slowly guiding us through the nooks and corners of that milieu,  and shows us the various facets of the ‘conventional world’ outside from that other realm’s perspective. And what an exhilarating experience that turns out to be! An experience which leaves you humbled,  happy, pleasantly surprised,  shocked, shaken, moved, and literally speechless!

Johnny Walker is a Belgium movie which projects the human values and the importance of friendships and relationships.“Human relationships are not designed to be a raw contest of power and strength but rather a self-controlled acceptance of clearly outlined roles. Therefore, we exert our greatest influence in life by knowing how to harness and safeguard our own strong wills.”

“With the success of his debut film FOUR ROSES, Kris De Meester firmly put himself on the map of new and promising European filmmakers. His latest project, JOHNNY WALKER (loosely based on Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and with references to classic American indie films) promises to be even better.”

Johnny is a 63-year-old American filmmaker. He was once a very successful and respected director. In the 80’s he was responsible for several blockbusters. This success led to a change in mentality. Johnny thought that everything he touched would turn into gold. His ego became so inflated that eventually every kind of cooperation was impossible. In the ensuing 25 years, Johnny has accomplished absolutely nothing meaningful. . He is married to Sharon, a famous actress whom he met on the set of his last film. That film was Sharon’s breakthrough, the start of a meaningful acting career. She never stopped working since then. Sharon spends more time away than at home. They live together, but no longer share a life. Unlike his wife, Johnny has little or no aspirations. Life has exhausted him and drained his inspiration. For years he’s been working on a new project, but it seems doomed to eternal development hell. He lives in his own world, isolated from reality, in a castle somewhere in Wallonia.

Now he is past his peak years, and he suffers from depression. She is the reason he moved to Belgium. Unfortunately, she spends her time rather than at home by the film set. Johnny has, unlike his wife, no expectations from life. Cut off from reality, he lives in a castle on the border between Flanders and Wallonia – a place which will cause linguistic confusion and is surrounded by staff that barely speak English. One day an unknown pregnant woman shows up unexpectedly at Johnny’s door. Their meeting heralds a new beginning for Johnny.

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Although Johnny Walker is a true Belgian film, the film has already received International recognition. Thus, the film is supported by producer Christine Kunewa Walker (Howl, Life during Wartime, American Splendor). This award-winning producer has already worked with big names like James Franco, Todd Solondz, Matt Dillon, Greg Kinnear and Paul Giamatti. Producer Jim Stark (Coffee and Cigarettes, Night on Earth, Factotum) is also very enthusiastic about the project and see Kris De Meester as’ a new and promising European filmmaker. At the Belgian level, the film is supported by; among others associate producer Tomas Layers (Lost Persons Area, Los Flamencos, Tango Libre) and co-producer Martin Dewitte (Parade’s End).

Kris De Meester- Director

He has worked with renowned directors such as Lars Von Trier (Nymphomaniac), Koen Mortier (Ex-Drummer) and Wolfgang Becker (Me and Kaminsky).

Meester won a wide acclaim and recognition for his previous film “Four Roses” which included the Jury Award at the Memphis International Film Festival. This film was also nominated in several other international and independent film festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Strasbourg, Paris, and Atlanta).  Four Roses could also count on a successful theatrical release in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Producer Kris De Meester was co-responsible for several low – to no-budget films such as  Braised (Belgium),  Menthol  (USA),  Vessel  (Australia) and along with  Raj Kosaraju an Associate Producer of a Spanish movie Por Las Plumas  (Costa Rica) that was recently selected for the renowned Toronto International Film Festival and 61 º Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián.The National Film “Por Las Plumas” (All about the feathers) , won the award for Best International Film Festival Central Icarus. The awards ceremony, which concluded on the 21 November 2013, was held from The Capuchin convent in Antigua, Guatemala. In addition, Neto Villalobos won the award for the Best Director.

Apart from “Por Las Plumas” Raj Kosaraju is also an Associate Producer of Johnny Walker and is looking forward for its release in April 2014.

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