Films From Belgium

Magdalena believes she has been called by God to have 13 daughters all bom on the same day. News of these miracle births spreads each year, but just as Magalena's work is almost done, God seems to change his mind, causing Magdalena to question the religious beliefs which have guided her entire life. ... Read more
A visually clever and witty comedy about a young mans tentative first steps into adulthood Bernd Meys' first day as a security officer with the Underground Tram Network is complicated by the old gang, new love and a curmud­geonly boss. ... Read more
21:12 Piano Bar is one of the most dazzling debut features to be seen in a long time. Dark, moody and menacing it is as innovative for the film noir genre as The Passenger was for Road Movies, and is similarly structured around one breath taking, brilliant sequence. ... The story is as follows: Florence (Carole Courtoy) has been brutally mutilated and murdered. Another woman, Nathalie (Lucinda Chi... Read more
A little man with a cross crusades his way through contemporary society. ... Grand Prix (shared) 1968, Oberhausen. ... Read more
With papers signed, the tax advantages agreed upon and procedures put in place, a young couple begin a confronting and disturbing ritual. ... --- ... D/S Marc James Roels P Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Marc James Roels P Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
Against the changing backdrop of deciduous trees, the film exhibits the sculptures in the open air museum of Middelheim in Antwerp. ... Read more
Abattoirs is shot in black and white and has a very sparse sound-track. Its takes are stark there is hardly a camera movement sometimes pho­tographs are filmed. Furthermore, almost unique in the history of film the film has square pic tures which add to its intensity. ... Read more
An evocation of the life and work of composer Anton Webern Poetry as a way of life Winner 1st Prize Brussels International Film Festival. ... Read more
Arthur, a mediocre boxer, attracts the attention of a ruthless promoter and the sympathy of Jeanne, who is wise to the arranged mismatch. However, his gloves are Arthur's true allies. A vibrant film from a largely novice crew. ... Read more
An analysis of architectural development as the art of space, with main concentration on the present-day influence of technology. Works by designers of note are shown: Corbusier, Neutra, Niemeyer. ... Read more
The sights, sounds and behaviour of various social groups at meal times. Often the camera has a satirical eye and comments brilliantly on some touch of greed, pathos, or quirk of character. ... Read more
Don Giovanni, Mozart's famous opera, had its world premiere in October, 1787, exactly 200 years ago. The latest work from Belgium's internationally known director, Andre Delvaux, concerns an ambitious open-air production of the work. ... Set in the loveliest, most mysterious countryside of the land of Breughel and Bosch, the film traces parallels between the operatic characters and the production ... Read more
Reality and fiction, re-enactment and archival footage, trivialities and the meaning of life in a media saturated world, being experienced by a new generation of moving-image consumers. ... D/P/S Johan Grimonprez WS Zapomatik TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
Picturesque Belgium in four movements: earth. water, air and fire. ... Read more
Andre Delvaux's Rendezvous at Bray was shown at last year's Melbourne Festival, and his new film, Belle, creates the same mood of eerie fantasy. A writer, Mathieu Gregoire, lives at the border of the Ardennes and discovers a young girl hidden away in a farm-house. She is nameless and he calls her simply, Belle. His affair with her is complicated by her resemblance to his daughter, and his hatred f... Read more
The film, based on a short story by Maupassant, tells of the systematic annihilation of a mental patient, who, with the blind complicity of her parents, is being used as a guinea-pig by a physician. ... Read more
Belgium Television was persuaded to co-operate in making this film at the time when the famous blues singer, Big Bill Bronzy, was in Brussels for a concert. It is set in an actual existentialist-type jail cellar, and consists simply of Bronzy singing against this background. The photographic treatment is imaginative. ... Read more
Ravel's most popular work is danced by the Belgian 20th Century Ballet, with choreography by Maurice Bejart. This is a straightforward cinematic record of the performance with neither tricks nor frills, but just the relentless tumescence of the music with its visual counterpart in dance. ... Read more
"Intensely moving … a bracing emotional roller coaster." - Hollywood Reporter ... A huge hit in its native Belgium and winner of the Berlin Panorama's Audience Award, Felix van Groeningen's (The Misfortunates, MIFF 2009) fourth feature is an out-and-out tearjerker. ... When two unconventional star-crossed lovers, Elise (a tattoo artist) and Didier (a banjo-playing cowboy), find out their young dau... Read more
Brussets By Night is an astonishing feature film debut. Max gets up one morning, drinks some milk, fires a gun into his mouth... but the bullet isn't in that chamber. He wanders aimlessly through Brussels, meeting Louis, a retired colleague, and Alice, a young woman who dreams about becoming an actress but who has to settle for a job as a barmaid. They also team up with Abel, a Moroccan tram condu... Read more
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