Lucian Pintilie – Reconstituirea aka Reconstruction (1968)

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Synopsis:
After two friends drunkenly injure a waiter, the police force them to recreate their crime for an “educational” film—with disastrous results. Immediately banned
in communist Romania, Reenactment is one of the key films of the Romanian
cinema (voted best Romanian film of all time by 40 Romanian film critics)
and stands among the exemplary works of its region and time. Continue reading

Marianne Lambert – I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (2015)

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Synopsis:
I DON’T BELONG ANYWHERE: THE CINEMA OF CHANTAL AKERMAN explores some of the Belgian filmmaker’s 40 plus films, and from Brussels to Tel Aviv, from Paris to New York, it charts the sites of her peregrinations. An experimental filmmaker, a nomad, Chantal Akerman shared with Marianne Lambert her cinematic trajectory, one that never ceased to interrogate the meaning of her existence. And with her editor and long-time collaborator, Claire Atherton, she examines the origins of her film language, and aesthetic stance. Continue reading

Nicolas Provost – L’envahisseur AKA The Invader (2011)

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Belgium short filmmaker and visual artist Nicolas Provost brings his compelling and assured 2011 debut The Invader (L’envahisseur) to the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Acting as a refreshingly unbiased examination of illegal immigration and asylum seekers, Provost’s film is a surreal and demanding drama build around a sublime central performance by Issaka Sawadogo. Continue reading

Robin Pront – D’Ardennen AKA The Ardennes (2015)

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SYNOPSIS

A brutal home-jacking goes hopelessly wrong. Dave, one of the two robbers, manages to run off, leaving his brother Kenneth behind. Four years later, Kenneth is released from prison and much has changed. Dave has his life back on track and is trying to help Kenneth however possible, but is witnessing how the highly strung Kenneth tries to win back his ex-girlfriend Sylvie. Continue reading

Koen Mortier – 22 mei AKA 22nd of May (2010)

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Synopsis:
Sam wakes up, gets ready and goes to do his daily job. And then the unexpected happens. A bomb explodes in the center of the shopping mall where he works. He drags himself towards the entrance to save the victims. One by one he pulls them out, until something terrible takes place. In complete hysteria he runs off till he falls down from exhaustion. A woman’s voice makes him raise his head. She’s one of the victims he saved. She wants to know why the suicide bomber did it. This encounter projects him back in history and even in a surreal world. Thereafter he runs into everyone he saved and feels that their defeat shows many parallels with his own. Even his confrontation with the wrongdoer isn’t that straightforward as he thought it would be and confronts him with the fact that guilt and innocence can be pretty much alike. Continue reading

Jan Gruyaert – In kluis (1978)

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Beneath the ruin of a medieval fortress lives a deaf-mute forrester. He is alone and spends his time by making drawings of the beautiful landscapes surrounding him. He uses a telescope, allowing him to draw close-ups and silhouettes from a distance.
The forrester’s quiet life takes a turn when a truck carrying building material arrives and a modern house is constructed.
The new house is inhabited by a painter and his attractive wife. The forrester becomes obsessed by the woman and stares at her using his telescope. Doing this he observes his new neighbours and is intrigued by the construction of the house and the strange manners of it’s residents; a painter who decided to isolate himself and uses his wife as his only model. Continue reading