Belgium

Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar – La foire agricole (2019)

With hard work and self-sacrifice, Indian and Cowboy brilliantly passed their school exams. As a reward, Horse bought them VIP tickets for the Agricultural Fair. As he leaves the living room to get the tickets, Horse slips on a skateboard that hangs there and falls heavily on the head. Result, Horse finds himself amnesic in the hospital and does not remember at all where he hid the tickets. For Indian and Cowboy begins a race against time to try to get hold of the precious sesames … Read More »

Jean-Marie Buchet – La fugue de Suzanne AKA Suzanne’s Fugue (1974)

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Suzanne has had enough of her boyfriend Albert. The drama unfolds in fifteen tableaux, in which she goes over to Albert’s friend Emile. Still, these romantic worries go hand in hand with insatiable boredom. Through a delicate storyline and minimalist cinematic gestures, an ironic game of temporality is played. In this headstrong masterpiece, filmmaker Jean-Marie Buchet makes fun of cinematographic etiquette. La fugue de Suzanne is a rare gem in Belgian film history. Self-financed by the director, it creates an absurdistic reality with minimal cinematic gestures. Read More »

Michel Khleifi & Eyal Sivan – Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel (2003)

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Route 181, Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel takes a fresh look at the inhabitants of Palestine-Israel. For two months in the summer of 2002, two film-makers, the Israeli Eyal Sivan and the Palestinian Michel Khleifi, travelled together through Palestine-Israel from north to south, tracing a map of routes they called Route 181, following the imaginary frontier of Resolution 181 adopted by the United Nations on 29 November 1947, which provided for the partition of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and the other Arab. Fifty-five years later Eyal Sivan and Michel Khleifi give men and women, Israelis and Palestinians, young and old, civilians and military, anonymous people living their everyday lives, a chance to talk about those lives, their experiences, their situation, their particular memory and their personal understanding of what is going on around them. All of them, found by chance in the course of Sivan and Khleifi’s journey, have their own way of looking at the frontiers that separate them from their neighbours: concrete, barbed wire, cynicism, indifference, mistrust, aggression.
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Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne – Le Fils AKA The Son [+Extras] (2002)

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A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets. Read More »

Emma De Swaef & Marc James Roels – Ce magnifique gâteau! (2018)

An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter. Read More »

Fabrice du Welz – Adoration (2019)

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The sixth feature by Belgian director Fabrice du Welz, Adoration, has screened in a world premiere to the passionate Piazza Grande audience of the Locarno Film Festival. The film follows in the footsteps of Paul, a boy who lives with his mother on the edge of a mysterious forest, in a small house by the entrance of a rather strange hospital. One day, he’s snapped out of his lethargy by a young girl who appears unexpectedly before him, as if an epiphany. Yet the ray of light that is Gloria will gradually reveal a far darker side of her life. Read More »

Felix van Groeningen – Dagen zonder lief AKA With Friends Like These (2007)

Everybody who went to college and had good friends there, or spent lots of careless time with wild and young companions, will be deeply affected by this film. Dagen Zonder Lief shows us in a glowing, slow burning way what we all know: nothing lasts forever, not even friendship. The wonderful characters in Dagen Zonder Lief were young together and had loads of fun, as the subtle flashbacks show us, but those days are over. One is married and has a little baby; another one left for New York; yet another one is about to enter the snobbish world of his snobbish girlfriend. There’s still a spark when they meet, but that’s it: just a spark. Not the burning fire of the old days. The suicide of one or their common friends and the inexplicable need to settle prevents them from truly reliving the old days. They hardly ever mention it, but you can see it in their every movement and expression. Read More »