In 1996, Joseph Rouschop created Tarantula Belgium, fuelled by the desire to bring to reality works that are true to their authors. He produced his first documentaries and short films, having in mind the desire to place the human being at the very heart of his arts, favouring powerful and meaningful themes.
In 2002, Tarantula’s first full-length feature « Une part du ciel » by Bénédicte Liénard, which depicts the struggle of women detainees and a group of female factory workers, was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival (in the section “Un certain regard”). This event shed lights to the projects of Tarantula and brought them to a brand new level, bringing them to the international stage.
The company contributes to the dynamism of Belgian audiovisual productions with films such as « Folie Privée » and « Nue Propriété » by Joachim Lafosse (Compétition at the 2005 Locarno Film Festival, Compétition at the Mosta of Venice in 2006) ; « Lampiao, rêve de bandits » and « La Monique de Joseph » by Damien Chemin ; or the TV series « L’Empereur du Goût », which was the results of a collaboration between a Dutch-speaking Producer and public television stations from both side of the language border.
Tarantula also contributes to broadening a “cinema without borders”. The company stands out with its coproductions with Mexico (“Batalla en El Cielo” by Carlos Reygadas in competition at the 58th edition of the Canne Festival in 2005); Canada (“Congorama” by Philippe Falardeau which made the cuts to the “Director’s Fortnight” at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival); Palestine (“Le Sel de la Mer” by Annemarie Jacir; selected for “Un Certain Regard” at the 2008 Cannes Festival); Argentina (“La Cantante de Tango” by Diego Martinez Vignatti, in competition at the 2009 Locarno Film Festival); and Taiwan (“Visages” by Tse Ming-Liang, in competition at the 62nd Festival of Cannes in 2009).
Today, Tarantula can count on 6 permanent staff that put their heart and soul bringing the growing volume and diversity of productions, from the initial spark to their release in movie theatres and on TV.