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A PORNOGRAPHIC AFFAIR (Frédéric Fonteyne, 1999)
This controversial film depicts a torrid relationship between two lovers who meet through an advertisement in a porn magazine, intent on sharing a fantasy. Featuring interviews with 'her' and 'him', … Read more

Archangel (Claude Waringo, 1989)
Centered around Charlie Gaul's victory in the 1956 Tour de France this lyrical film explores mythologies, both personal and collective, that have grown up around this event and the nature of the myth… Read more

CARRÉ BLANC (Jean Baptiste Leonetti, 2011)
“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… Read more

CONGRESS, The (Ari Folman, 2013)
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 (… Read more

ERNEST & CELESTINE (Benjamin Renner, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, 2012)
“A delightful melding of visual style and narrative pirouettes, Ernest & Celestine is a just-about-perfect hand drawn animated feature.” - Screen Daily ... Celestine is a little mouse trying to a… Read more

Fast Film (Virgil Widrich, 2003)
Fast Film is a chase through film-chases. Using print-outs of found-footage frames, which are then folded and animated, it is an extraordinarily stimulating trip through the history of action films. … Read more

In the Beginning was the Eye (Bady Minck, 2002)
Direct from Directors' Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival, In the Beginning was the Eye is a film about narration and remembering; about the volatility of language and image and the tricks… Read more

IRINA PALM (Sam Garbarski, 2006)
Marianne Faithfull is unforgettable as a middle-class, middle-aged frump who takes a job at a sex club. Maggie's small grandson, Olly, will die unless he gets to Australia for an operation that's onl… Read more

John (Genevieve Mersch, 1995)
A young woman in Brussels refuses to relinquish a summer relationship with her American boyfriend in Boston. Due in large part to the outstanding performance of Dominique Baeyens as 'Juliette', this … Read more

Mécanomagie (Bady Minck, 1996)
Mecanomagie takes a stylish, performative path through the landscape of the Ardennes in northern Luxembourg. 'Live action' pixilated animation evokes a grounded paisant consc­iousness of 'natural… Read more

Mist (Matthias Muller, 2000)
A meticulously constructed film that looks back at lost childhood, through the poetry of Ernst Jandis. In this digital age such mere fragments of found/recycled footage act like traces that longingly… Read more

ordeal, the (Fabrice du Welz, 2004)
Surreal, demented and freakish, [The Ordeal] has sparked comparisons to the holy triptych of 'survival' horror films: [The Texas Chainsaw Massacre], [Straw Dogs] and [Deliverance]. With an undercurre… Read more

OUR CHILDREN (Joachim Lafosse, 2012)
“Family tragedy intermingles with gender politics in a strong showing from Belgian auteur Joachim Lafosse.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Inspired by the disturbing true story of a woman who killed he… Read more

SLEEPLESS NIGHT (Frédéric Jardin, 2011)
"Ultra-intense… Jardin might've taken his cue from an illegal stimulant, so speedy is the pace from the get-go." - Variety ... Vincent appears to be a committed family man, but scratch the sur… Read more

THE GIANTS (Bouli Lanners, 2011)
"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 co… Read more

The Open Window (Henri Storck, 1952)
The countryside of five lands as their great painters have seen it during five centuries of landscape painting. ... Read more

THE ROAD UPHILL (Jean-Louis Schuller, 2011)
“There's an almost telepathic or invisible support, like a cord that connects these two guys, because they've been together their whole life. And that kind of connection is something unique and is … Read more

TOP FLOOR LEFT WING (Angelo Cianci, 2010)
Five kilos of cocaine, an Algerian father with a shadowy past and an Islamophobic bailiff collide on 11 September 2011. ... When foul-tempered civil servant François (the charismatic Hippolyte… 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

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