MEET UP WITH BELGIAN CINEMA
Thanks to our renewed association with Wallonie Bruxelles Images, the federation's audiovisual promotion agency, we are proud to present twenty eagerly awaited titles produced in whole or in part in Belgium.
Belgian filmmaker Laura Wandel's first feature film, PLAYGROUND, produced entirely in Belgium, is admired for its precision, empathy and impressive realism. In addition to reminding us that school bullying is still a major issue, this highly controlled drama manages to physically make viewers feel the violence of the situations.
Representing Belgium in the race for the 2021 Oscars, and selected in the official "Visages de la Francophonie" competition at CINEMANIA, we are very pleased to welcome Laura Wandel to Montreal to present the screenings of PLAYGROUND. Don't miss the North American premiere of the film followed by the Panel: "Bullying in Schools", on November 3rd at the Imperial Cinema.
// MADLY IN LIFE
Another first feature film entirely from Belgium, MADLY IN LIFE (UNE VIE DÉMENTE), discovered at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur. With great delicacy, the duo of filmmakers Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni introduces us to extraordinary actors, including Jo Deseure in the role of a mother who goes back to being an unmanageable child. The film won three major awards at the last Festival International du Film Francophone de Saint-Jean-de-Luz, including the award for Best Actress for Jo Deseure, a Belgian actress known for her roles onstage. It is an honor for us to count her among our prestigious international guests this fall.
// ZERO FUCKS GIVEN
Also in the "Visages de la Francophonie" Competition, we find ZERO FUCKS GIVEN by Julie Lecoustre and Emmanuel Marre who will both be in Montreal for CINEMANIA. The public will once again be able to witness the undeniable talent of actress Adèle Exarchopoulos, whom we discovered in LA VIE D'ADÈLE. Here, playing a young woman at a crossroads, she delivers her most complex and subtle performance to date. This is the directors' first film and, drawing on the naturalist cinema of the Dardenne brothers, they acutely depict the alienation of work in the age of globalism.
// OUR MEN
Presented as the closing film of the Directors' Fortnight section of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, OUR MEN (MON LÉGIONNAIRE) is first and foremost a film about family and the place the army takes in the interstices of a couple's life. Guided by Rachel Lang's meticulous direction and masterful narration, the story affects us more than any fallen martyr. Alongside her, actors Louis Garrel and Camille Cottin demonstrate, once again, the range of their acting talent.
On the short-film side, five films from Wallonia are included in our official competition dedicated to the short format. Navigating between genre cinema, comedy and stories of self-discovery, the selection of Belgian short films can be discovered on CINEMANIA's online platform from November 11.
⇢ NUCLEAR FAMILY de Faustine Crespy
⇢ SQUISH de Xavier Seron
⇢ NOVEMBER de Camille de Leu
⇢ ON MY WAY de Sonam Larcin
⇢ JULIA de Vincent Smitz
Other titles partially produced in Belgium:
⇢ THE RESTLESS
⇢ DRIFT AWAY
⇢ EUGÉNIE GRANDET
⇢ THE ENEMY
⇢ ONODA, 10 000 NIGHTS IN THE JUNGLE
⇢ ON A HALF CLEAR MORNING
⇢ RED SOIL
⇢ SIMPLE PASSION
⇢ LOVE SONG FOR TOUGH GUYS
⇢ ABOVE WATER
⇢ MADELEINE COLLINS
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