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Films From Belgium

Magdalena believes she has been called by God to have 13 daughters all bom on the same day. News of these miracle births spreads each year, but just as Magalena's work is almost done, God seems to change his mind, causing Magdalena to question the religious beliefs which have guided her entire life. Read more
A visually clever and witty comedy about a young mans tentative first steps into adulthood Bernd Meys' first day as a security officer with the Underground Tram Network is complicated by the old gang, new love and a curmud­geonly boss. ... Read more
21:12 Piano Bar is one of the most dazzling debut features to be seen in a long time. Dark, moody and menacing it is as innovative for the film noir genre as The Passenger was for Road Movies, and is similarly structured around one breath taking, brilliant sequence. ... The story is as follows ... Read more
A little man with a cross crusades his way through contemporary society. ... Grand Prix (shared) 1968, Oberhausen. ... Read more
With papers signed, the tax advantages agreed upon and procedures put in place, a young couple begin a confronting and disturbing ritual. ... --- ... D/S Marc James Roels P Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Marc James Roels P Eurydice Gysel, Koen Mortier TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
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', the film shifts from present-day to flashback as it uncovers a love affair that evolves out of a ... Read more
Set in 1981, A Thousand Months tells the tale of a seven-year-old boy, Mehdi, who lives in a small village, situated in Morocco's picturesque Atlas Mountains. He lives with his mother Amina, and impoverished grandfather—his father has been thrown into prison for inciting a strike, but young ... Read more
Against the changing backdrop of deciduous trees, the film exhibits the sculptures in the open air museum of Middelheim in Antwerp. ... Read more
Abattoirs is shot in black and white and has a very sparse sound-track. Its takes are stark there is hardly a camera movement sometimes pho­tographs are filmed. Furthermore, almost unique in the history of film the film has square pic tures which add to its intensity. ... Read more
Belgian filmmaking's most revered auteur returns with a freewheeling adaptation of Joseph Conrad's first novel. ... Atmospheric, subversive and impeccably controlled, Almayer's Folly continues Chantal Akerman's (Jeanne Dielman, MIFF 79; Night and Day, MIFF 92) lifelong pursuit of a new form of ... Read more
Challenging cinema is rare, unless it is intentionally confrontational (violent or sexual) or highly obscure (avant-garde). Chris Newby's directorial debut is invigorating because Anchoress operates on many levels: political, philosophical and personal. Its story is both straightforward and ... Read more
An evocation of the life and work of composer Anton Webern Poetry as a way of life Winner 1st Prize Brussels International Film Festival. ... Read more
Winner of the Audience Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. ... A hybrid of stylised animation and autobiographical documentary, Laurent Boileau and Jung's adaptation of the latter's graphic novel weaves memories and moods into a thoughtful meditation upon the adoptee ... Read more
Arthur, a mediocre boxer, attracts the attention of a ruthless promoter and the sympathy of Jeanne, who is wise to the arranged mismatch. However, his gloves are Arthur's true allies. A vibrant film from a largely novice crew. ... Read more
An analysis of architectural development as the art of space, with main concentration on the present-day influence of technology. Works by designers of note are shown: Corbusier, Neutra, Niemeyer. ... Read more
Gallic mischief-makers Asterix and Obelix once again take on the entire Roman Empire in their third live-action adventure. ... With the Olympic Games approaching, Brutus has hatched a plot to overthrow Julius Caesar, dominate the games and win the heart of beautiful Greek princess Irina. But Brutus ... Read more
The sights, sounds and behaviour of various social groups at meal times. Often the camera has a satirical eye and comments brilliantly on some touch of greed, pathos, or quirk of character. ... Read more
"Taut, engrossing ... it's hard to imagine any audience remaining unmoved." – Hollywood Reporter ... Ali Suliman (Paradise Now, MIFF 2005) stars as Amin, a highly successful Palestinian surgeon happily living in cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, his existence a symbol of life beyond the gruelling ... Read more
Don Giovanni, Mozart's famous opera, had its world premiere in October, 1787, exactly 200 years ago. The latest work from Belgium's internationally known director, Andre Delvaux, concerns an ambitious open-air production of the work. ... Set in the loveliest, most mysterious countryside of the land ... Read more
This exceedingly beautiful anthropological film observes and exhalts the life of the Baka Pygmies who live in the forests of South-East Cameroon. The languid flow of the picture allows the viewer to become engrossed, to get a sense of the gentle pace of these people's lives. Exceptional sound ... Read more
Reality and fiction, re-enactment and archival footage, trivialities and the meaning of life in a media saturated world, being experienced by a new generation of moving-image consumers. ... D/P/S Johan Grimonprez WS Zapomatik TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
Picturesque Belgium in four movements: earth. water, air and fire. ... Read more
Andre Delvaux's Rendezvous at Bray was shown at last year's Melbourne Festival, and his new film, Belle, creates the same mood of eerie fantasy. A writer, Mathieu Gregoire, lives at the border of the Ardennes and discovers a young girl hidden away in a farm-house. She is nameless and he calls her ... Read more
"Rarely has so much emotion and excitement been compressed into 90 minutes of screen time." - Screen International ... Ben suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism that prevents him from interacting socially with those around him. The victim of relentless bullying at his high school, his ... Read more
The film, based on a short story by Maupassant, tells of the systematic annihilation of a mental patient, who, with the blind complicity of her parents, is being used as a guinea-pig by a physician. ... Read more
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