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Films From Belgium

“Telling his story in a direct, straightforward manner, (Philippe) Faucon avoids the temptation of creating action for its own sake. This is not a war film; the conflict is in the people's heads and not in the sights of a rifle.” - Toronto International Film Festival ... During the Algerian ... Read more
“A brilliant, scary portrayal of irrationality and fear in Europe's dark heart.” - The Guardian ... When twenty-something Alina arrives in Moldavia to remove her childhood friend Voichita from an Orthodox monastery, she doesn't reckon on the unyielding force of religion and devout Voichita's ... 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 ... 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
Ten non-conforming youngsters rent a rambling old mansion for an experiment in communal living to do as they please while deferring acceptance of the responsibilities of adulthood. Their initial enthusiasm begins to wane as disorder waxes. So they must organize themselves with tiresome tasks and ... Read more
“Visually ravishing and doused in Celtic magic.” - Screen International ... Brought to life through vivid hand-drawn animation, Brendan and the Secret of Kells takes its inspiration from one of the world's most beautiful illuminated manuscripts, The Book of Kells. ... Charged with undertaking a ... 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 ... 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 ... Read more
First, with fire and flame, silent witnesses of the history of Brussels recall the city's,turbulent past and tell of its growth from its legendary origins to its place today at the crossroads of Europe. Then follows a 'Descent into Hell' to a surrealist rhythm from demons in stone to the canvasses ... Read more
The striking debut feature of Minh Nguyen-vo, which won him the Youth Jury and Leopard awards at Lorcano last year, marks him as a filmmaker to look out for. ... Set in Indochina in 1940, his [Buffalo Boy] is the coming-of-age story of 15-year-old Kim, who lives with his elderly parents in a ... Read more
A box office hit in Belgium, the crime drama Bullhead takes us on a disturbing journey into the darkened soul of a broken man. ... In the expanses of the farmlands of Flanders, the hulking Jacky tries to live a quiet existence on his family's cattle ranch. Haunted by a horrific childhood tragedy ... Read more
“The ‘erotic thriller' is a genre now long since bastardized by Hollywood. But here is the real article…” - Toronto Film Festival Eve and Damien are passionately in love. Together, they run an unusual café called The Zoo where they host an annual contest for the best animal noise ... Read more
“Jean-Baptiste Léonetti's mesmerizing first feature recalls the bitingly literate social commentary of Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley and Franz Kafka… with a little Terry Gilliam (circa Brazil) thrown in for good measure.” - Smells Like Screen Spirit ... In a dystopian future that frowns ... Read more
Rita works with her mother Nicole running the family butchers Rita wants to leave but not before she witnesses some small sign of tenderness from her mother. What will it take before that occurs? ... Read more
"Cheerfully smashing perceptions of North Korea as a shuttered nation, Comrade Kim Goes Flying proves that cooperation with the West really is possible, at least in cinema." – Variety ... Comrade Kim is a model of the North Korean work ethic. But despite exceeding her quotas at the ... Read more
The wild, natural beauty of the Congo and the people who call this river home are the subjects of Thierry Michel's exotic documentary. Journeying from the mouth to the source of the world's greatest river basin, Thierry Michel encounters the Congo's people and, through them, the depth of Africa's ... Read more
The only way Robin Wright can succeed in Hollywood's technicolour cesspit is to sell herself... literally. ... Ari Folman's follow-up to the heartrending rotoscoped war meditation Waltz With Bashir (MIFF 2008) is an audacious metaphysical sci-fi satire: a live action set-up that goes down the ... Read more
The great sculptor's work, and his contribution to contemporary art. ... Read more
Illustrates the many causes of juvenile delinquency with particular reference to adverse environmental influences. Shows how, in a number of countries, the problem of delinquency is being transferred from penal authorities to the sphere of medical, psychological and sociological treatment. ... Read more
With virtuoso skill and devastating insight, [Darwin's Nightmare] accumulates the myriad human aspects of a compelling story to create a comprehensive, harrowing look at the human costs of the exploitation of Africa's resources by the developed world. ... Some time in the 1960s, in the heart of ... Read more
"Combining elements of Shrek and Truffaut's The Wild Child." – Hollywood Reporter ... This debut feature from skilled French animator Jean-Christophe Dessaint is both beautifully crafted and moving. Featuring the voices of Jean Reno and the late Claude Chabrol, The Day of the Crows ... Read more
Using as examples the work of Renoir, Seurat and Picasso, this film seeks to establish three broad divisions of art: the sensual, the intellectual and the emotional. A most stimulating and striking presentation of art theory is climaxed by an introduction to the work of Picasso in all its variety ... Read more
"A gritty and stylized urban thriller with strong social overtones ... marked by solid performances and a convincingly dark atmosphere." – Hollywood Reporter ... In the Moroccan port city of Tetouan, three down-on-their-luck thieves – naive Malik, fundamentalist Soufiane and ex-con ... Read more
In making his documentary on Dirk Bouts, André Delvaux contrasts the work of a 15th Century painter with that of a film maker. ... Read more
“Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.” - Alfred Hitchcock ... Through a feverish assemblage of mid-20th century advertising, newsreel footage, TV snippets and archival documentary footage, Johan Grimonperez constructs a conceptual ... Read more
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