Belgium

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 »

Raoul Servais – Chromophobia (1966)

Synopsis:
‘The grey legions invade the world of colour to establish their colourless dominance. Resistance appears in the shape of a scarlet jester, who restores the reign of colour using his chromatic trickery.’
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Raoul Servais – De valse noot AKA La fausse note AKA The False Note (1963)

Synopsis:
‘A little beggar tries in vain to get an alms in a big city where everything is organised, efficient and lucrative. His barrel organ’s tune always ends with an impressive false note, upsetting the townspeople. Eventually the little beggar will receive a dream fulfilling gift.’
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Raoul Servais – Goldframe (1970)

Synopsis:
‘Jason Goldframe, a film producer, is always the best and the first! It’s his ambition to be the very first to achieve the inconceivable: making a 270mm film. Obsessed as he is, he even wants to be faster than his shadow. One evening he succeeds.’
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Raoul Servais – Sirène AKA Sirene (1968)

Synopsis:
‘Monsterlike cranes reign over an inhospitable harbour as prehistorical reptiles. The only human being they accept is a lonesome fisherman. He is to witness a strange encounter between a ship’s mate and a mermaid. Imagination or reality?’
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Raoul Servais – Operation X-70 (1971)

Synopsis:
‘A mighty state is experimenting with a new nerve gas that doesn’t kill, but numbs people. By accident some of the gas is dropped on a peaceful country ‘Nebelux’, where suddenly strange mutations appear.’
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Raoul Servais – Pegasus (1974)

Synopsis:
‘An old blacksmith is now too old to adapt to the changing technological society. Frustrated, he creates his own universe in which he eventually also becomes obsolete.’
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