Directors of movie Black are Brusselaars of the Year
Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have been chosen as Brusselaars of the Year for setting their new film Black in Brussels, bringing a wave of attention to the capital’s inner city areas
Two cinemas refuse to screen film
Black, which hits cinemas tomorrow, stars Martha Canga Antonio and Aboubakr Bensaihi as young lovers who are part of rival gangs in inner-city Brussels. It is the El Arbi and Fallah’s second film after 2014’s Image, also set in Brussels.
Fallah was born and raised in Vilvoorde, and El Arbi is from Antwerp. The two met while studying film at the Sint-Lukas arts academy in the capital, where both lived during that time – El Arbi in Sint-Joost and Fallah in the Anneessens area.
“Merci Bruxelles,” commented El Arbi on the announcement. “Actually I’m from Antwerp, but in Antwerp they would never choose a Brusselaar as Antwerpenaar of the Year. I feel Belgian and Moroccan, Antwerps and Brussels all at the same time. My brothers were born here, my family is here, so my link with the city is strong. Our films wouldn’t be as cool if they hadn’t been shot in Brussels.”
Despite the award, two cinemas in Brussels are refusing to screen Black, fearing gang violence: Vendôme in Elsene and Le Stockel in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe. The film can be seen in Kinepolis at Heizel.
Previous winners of the Brusselaars of the Year award include cycling legend Eddy Merckx and actor Chris Lomme.
Photo, from left: Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the directors of Black
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