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THE SON OF AMR IS DEAD (Jean-Jacques Andrien, 1975)
A young Belgian journalist, Pierre, has a successful partnership with an Arab pickpocket, working the Belgian subways. ... Later, Pierre discovers his fellow thief dead in mysterious circumstances. .… Read more

The Sorter (Philippe Boon, Laurent Brandenbouruer, 1993)
A factory worker from Brussels sprouts an obsession with peas! A culinary comedy of uncanny dimensions. ... Read more

The Sugar Bowl (Hilde van Mieghem, 1997)
Seven year old Kristien is a well-meaning young girl from an affluent family, who has a talent for doing the wrong thing despite her best intentions. Her mother is a loving but unpredictable woman wi… Read more

THE SUICIDE SHOP (Patrice Leconte, 2012)
“If I want to make a modern film, a disturbing film, I also want it to be positive, in spite of the bleakness and the blackness of the subject.” - director Patrice Leconte ... The topic of suicid… Read more

THE WALL (Alain Berliner, 1998)
In Belgium, the North and South have traditionally been in conflict. Albert, a Belgian in his mid 30s runs a hot chips stand that straddles the border between the two communities. When he hands his c… Read more

To Speak Or Not To Speak (Raoul Servais, 1970)
A cartoon about a little man whose talent will be coveted by the all-consuming society, by money-minded war mongers, and by a totalitarian power. ... Read more

To Speak or Not to Speak (Raoul Servais, 1970)
The dialogues of the characters of this animated film are both audible and visible. ... Read more

TOWN CALLED PANIC, A (Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, 2009)
A manic and charismatic film that breaks all speed records for whimsy and slapstick. ... Housemates Indian, Cowboy and the love-struck Horse live in a rural town populated with a gaggle of plastic to… Read more

Treasure of Ostend (Henri Storck, 1956)
A little boy loses his dog and his friends set out to help him find it. The search results in a number of amusing adventures, during which the children are under the protection of two worldly and com… Read more

Two Chimney Sweeps at a Singer's House (Michel Caulea, 1991)
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UN SOIR... UN TRAIN (André Delvaux, 1968)
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Under the Black Mask (J. van Raemdonck, 1959)
Based on his art, the film interprets the soul of the negro in The Belgian Congo. ... The material is divided into three parts: "The Birth of Man" covers the life of man, from birth to death, as it a… Read more

Us (Ulrich Totier, 2013)
When a rock catches the attention of the odd inhabitants of an otherwise empty and timeless landscape, it sets off a strange chain of events. ... D Ulrich Totier P Sophie Fallot S Julie Rousset, Ulri… Read more

Van Meegeren's Faked Vermeers (Jan Botermans, G. A. Magnel, 1951)
In 1937 the art world was startled by the discovery of a canvas, "Christ at Emmaus", recognised by the famous expert. Bredius, as an authentic Vermeer. In the years that followed many similar paintin… Read more

Vincent (Gert Embrechts, 2002)
A young boy's perspective on life is coloured by an early mishap, but nothing can dull Vincent's hopes for a bright future full of love. A jewel of a film. ... Read more

Visit to Picasso (Paul Haesaerts, 1950)
A film essay on Picasso's development as a painter and a potter combined with an interview with the artist at his studio in Vallauris. Awarded the International Documentary prize at the Venice Festiv… Read more

VIVA RIVA! (Djo Munga, 2010)
Violent, kinetic and sexy, crime thriller Viva Riva! stares down the barrel of Kinshasa's savage criminal underworld, shattering staid preconceptions of African filmmaking. ... Cocky small-time gangs… Read more

Vodka Orange (Dominique Deruddere, 1982)
A young man attempts to keep his father in hospital happy, even if it means breaking all the rules. ... Read more

Waterloo (E. Bernhard, 1958)
Wellington's headquarters still stand m the peaceful village of Waterloo; Napoleon's army tent, swords, flags are on display in the museum where visitors are shepherded past wax figures, paintings, f… Read more

Week-end (Stephan Carpiaux, 1990)
A man comes to pick up his daughter from school. Nothing unusual apart from the way people are looking at him. He is divorced and takes the little girl to the seaside. On the way to the coast, a poli… Read more

Wet Paint (Michael Huisman, 1982)
Bruxelles' staid old brick buildings are decorated with vivid, gay designs. ... Read more

WOLFSBERGEN (Nanouk Leopold, 2006)
“Konraad writes a letter. This is where the film begins. Eventually he will die. This is where the film ends.” - filmmaker Nanouk Leopold After the death of his wife, Konraad decides he wants to… Read more

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