Be Film Festival in Brussels glances back and ahead

Summary

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 Be Film Festival in Brussels is one of the few places where movies from Flanders and French-speaking Belgium can be seen on an equal footing. Now in its 10th edition, the festival takes stock of the year gone by in Belgian cinema and offers a sneak preview of films to come in 2015.

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

www.befilmfestival.be

The Be Film Festival returns to Brussels to look back on the year in local cinema and takes a peek at films to come in the new year.

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Flemish cinema

Thanks to a federal tax shelter system, support from the Flemish Audiovisueel Fund and the rise of a new generation of talented filmmakers, Flemish cinema has been riding the crest of a wave since the mid-2000s with distinctly locally flavoured features that have appealed to both crowds and critics.
Loft - With more than one million viewers, Erik Van Looy’s Loft was the most successful movie ever made in Flanders.
Bullhead - In 2012, Michaël R Roskam’s directorial debut Rundskop (Bullhead) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.
Names - Well-known current Flemish directors include Erik Van Looy, Jan Verheyen, Michaël R Roskam, Fien Troch and Felix Van Groeningen.
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in 5 movie tickets sold in Flanders is to see a Flemish movie

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international festival nominations or prizes in 2012

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people went to see a Flemish (co)production in Belgium in 2012