Writer: Pierre De Clercq

Pierre De Clercq

Pierre De Clercq made his debut with the feature-length documentary ‘Jan Cox, a painter’s odyssey’ (co-written by Bert Beyens) that won the Award for Best Biography at the Montreal International Festival of Films on Art.

He subsequently wrote various documentaries for Belgian public broadcaster VRT, a.o. ‘The Last of the Mohicans’, a tribute to remarkable bookshops in Brussels, Amsterdam, London and Rome.

His encounter with producer Erwin Provoost resulted in the search-and-rescue adventure TV-series ‘Windkracht 10/Force 10’ (1997-1998). In 1999 they created ‘Flikken/Cops’ (1999-2009), Belgium longest running police series. A spin-off in the Netherlands is now in its 8th season.

He turned to writing feature films with ‘Verlengd weekend/The Long weekend’ (2005) and ‘Storm Force’ (2006), both directed by Hans Herbots. With Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem he went on to write ‘A Perfect Match’ (2007), directed by Miel Van Hoogenbemt.

‘Hasta la Vista/Come As You Are’ (dir. Geoffrey Enthoven) was released in 2011 and was awarded a.o. the Grand Prix des Amériques and Public Award at World Film Festival in Montréal, the Golden Spike and Youth Award at the 56e International Filmfestival of Valladolid, the Public Award at the 24e Rencontres Cinématographiques in Cannes, the Public Award at the 15e Festival International de l’Alpe d’Huez, Best Feature Film 22e Cinequest Film Festival and the Audience Award at 47th Karlovy Vary IFF.

For his script he was awarded Best Screenplay by the Flemish Writer’s Guild (ex-aequo with ‘Bullhead’) and an Ensor for Best Screenplay 2012. The film was winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 25th European Film Awards.

Halfway (dir. Geoffrey Enthoven) was released in February 2014 and will be followed by Labyrinthus (dir. Douglas Boswell). Brabançonne, a musical about Belgium directed by Vincent Bal, is due for release in December 2014.