Be Film Festival in Brussels glances back and ahead
The Be Film Festival returns to Brussels to review the year in local cinema and to take a peek at releases to come in the new year
Previews and reviews
The Flemish preview is Lucifer by Gust Van den Berghe, the final film in the director’s trilogy dealing with humanity’s emerging consciousness. Expelled from Heaven, the rebel angel Lucifer passes through a remote Mexican town on his way to Hell, bringing knowledge of sin to the previously innocent community.
Like its predecessors, Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and Blue Bird, Van den Berghe’s film (pictured) features non-professional actors and is presented in an unusual visual style, this time in a format the director calls “tondoscope”. This was inspired by the use of circles in mediaeval religious paintings.
Van den Berghe will be on hand to explain himself, as will several other directors featured in the retrospective. One not to miss is Bullhead director Michaël R Roskam, who will be presenting his Hollywood debut, The Drop. This excellent slow-burning New York thriller stars Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts and, in his final role, the late James Gandolfini.
Other Flemish directors set to appear include Jonas Govaerts with boy-scout horror film Welp, Douglas Boswell with kids’ adventure Labyrinthus and Bas Devos with troubled teen drama Violet. Meanwhile, actor Evelien Bosmans will introduce Marina, Stijn Coninx’s biopic of Italian singer Rocco Granata, who immigrated to Flanders in the 1940s.
On the French-speaking side, the highlight is Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) by the Dardenne brothers, widely considered to be the best Belgian film of 2014. Luc Dardenne and the film’s co-star, Fabrizio Rongione, will introduce the film. Also highly recommended is Marion Hansel’s La Tendresse (Tenderness), again introduced by the director.
26-30 December at Bozar & Cinematek, Brussels
in 5 movie tickets sold in Flanders is to see a Flemish movie
international festival nominations or prizes in 2012
people went to see a Flemish (co)production in Belgium in 2012