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This film is based on a novel by Hendrik Conscience and is set in 1833. Recruiting for the army is being carried out by drawing lots in the village square. This type of conscription was known as the Blood Law. Jan draws a free lot, but is persuaded to take someone else's place for a sum of money ... Read more
The Melbourne Him Festival has been showing Chantal Akerman's highly original and demanding films regularly over the years ("Jeanne Dielrnan", "Les Rendezvous D'Anna", "Toute Une Nuit",) with varying success. Her latest, ... "The Eighties", is the most entertaining of her oeuvre so farand is likely ... Read more
Come join us on the red carpet for the glitz and glamour of the Opening Night of the 60th Melbourne International Film Festival, for a special screening of charming modern classic The Fairy. With special guests such as The Hon Ted Baillieu MP and MIFF Patron Geoffrey Rush, this will be a night of ... Read more
A study of the social conditions of a coal-mining area in Belgium during a lean period, Many miners have been forced to leave the area, and to replace ihemr men have been imported from poor Furopean countries; even the remaining workers - Belgians, Italians, Greeks, Poles, Russians — have ... Read more
Can one live with the truth? ... Eve in the Garden of Paradise listens to the Serpent. She is about to bite into the fruit of the Tree of Truth. ... In 1970, in the garden of the boarding-house where the same holiday makers meet every year, Eve hands the apple to her husband Joseph. He declines the ... Read more
"A joyous heartwarmer with an endearing Mark Twain meets Ken Loach vibe." - Screen International ... Two teenage brothers and their tag-along friend navigate a summer by themselves in an abandoned country cottage. As they scavenge for food, hunt for pot and pursue harebrained schemes to make money ... Read more
In his first colour film. Paul Haesearts, who is well known for his art films, especially for Rubens and A Visit to Picasso, explores the meanings, beauties and quaint anecdotal material hidden in the incredibly detailed paintings of such Flemish "Primitives" as Jan Van Eyck, Roger Van der Veyden ... Read more
A Belgian scientific expedition explores the Barrier Reef. Their underwater photographers and cameramen of the floating aquarium study the many facets of life on the Reef. ... Not since Jacques-Yves Cousteau's underwater pix has there been a docu with such fine under-sea lensing and such unusual ... Read more
Made for the opening of last year's Oberhausen Short Film' Festival, this brief joke represents the problems of I969 as seen by the brothers de Hert. The punch line refers to the banning of a stage production in Brussels at the end of 1968. ... Read more
A group of youngsters fight "cowboys and Indians" battles with all the rite and solemnity of a traditional western. Without the use of dialogue or commentary, this ingeniously conceived little film creates a remarkable empathy with the vivid and imagtnative world of children at play. ... Read more
The celebrated Dardenne brothers (Lorna's Silence, MIFF 2010) took the Grand Prix at Cannes (shared with Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) this year with this gripping cinematic tale of youthful innocence betrayed. ... Critically acclaimed Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, winners of two ... Read more
Following little Pablo in his search for the Quetzal bird, we discover the tourist beauties and folklore interests in Mexico. ... Read more
An analysis of the hero-worship of a small boy that evokes unerringly the fears and adulations of childhood. ... Jury Prize, Oberhausen Festival. ... Read more
The unifying theme of this film is the beauty of wood. A succession of examples from Belgian churches and museums traces the sequences of styles from the hieratic Romanesque through the gradually increasing naturalism of Gothic art. The film concludes with details of Renaissance and high baroque ... Read more
Miereveld, a married lawyer, who teaches a special subject in a girls' school, cherishes a passionate but idealistic love for one of his pupils, the beautiful Fran Veenman. His feelings towards her remain unrevealed, and at the end of her school career, she passes from his life, apparently, for ... Read more
In 1975, Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielrnan, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and since then, she has been in the forefront of a developing feminist cinema. Les rendez-vous d'Anna Chantal Akerman's new film assumes the awesome task of laking the pulse of Western Europe while pursuing an ... Read more
In 1975, Chantal Akerman made Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and since then, she has been in the forefront of a developing feminist cinema. Les rendez-vous d'Anna continues her investigation of both narrative and avant-garde cinematic forms. ... Anna, a filmmaker, travels ... Read more
Reality and fiction become confused In this short narrative as I airy panics after an argument with his girlfriend. Special lighting effects and a strong sound track help us enter the mind of a man under stress. ... Read more
The countryside of five lands as their great painters have seen it during five centuries of landscape painting. ... Read more
Wilhout commentary, this powerful comment on conformity shows a human chain passing by. Those who break it are shot. ... Read more
... ... Coming to us direct from Cannes where it was one of the few true discoveries of the year. The Promise transcends it's small scale, domestic concerns to evolve into a tough involving, but ultimately compassionate film. ... ... ... Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne a Belgian directorial duo, were ... Read more
A nice little house in a working class suburb of Luxembourg city. One day the government decides to build a bridge to connect the old town with a new area, where they are building the offices of the European Community. The only problem is that this bridge passes right over a house, a garden and a ... Read more
A man is imprisioned in a cell. The only thing in the room with him is a column on which there is a red button. As time passes the man tries to discover the truth about the button. Is the button dangerous? Or is it a way out? ... Read more
An unnerving Kafkaesqne cartoon about a little man imprisoned in a strange room that alters its shape. ... Read more
In 1999 Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne walked away fron Cannes with the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Rosetta. Three years later they have delivered The Son, selected for Official Competition at Cannes 2002. ... The Dardenne brothers have again utilised Rosetta lead actor ... Read more
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