Unfurling on the screens
by Anne Feuillère
12/10/2005 - Exceptionally rich week in Belgium with 9 films on the screens : more than half are European with two local productions, a Canadian film, another is Japanese and there is only one that is 100% American.
Lumière organised the large releases on 27 screens of the Dutch-language Verlengd Weekend by Hans Herbots, a political tragedy. Once more it stars Flemish actor Jan Decleir who is back with Koen De Bouw, an actor he played alongside in the hugely successful, De Zaak Alzheimer [trailer], and who we can also see in Die Indringer, the new film could well repeat the success of the first two and win over with the public. Another film comes from the Francophone part of Belgium, a beautiful and surprising film by Stefan Liberski, Bunker Paradise [trailer, film focus], to which Cineuropa dedicates a focus, and is distributed by Cinéart-Cinélibre, revealing the French actor Jean-Paul Rouve as one of the most important of his generation.
In another vein, two films will attempt to draw a younger public: The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3-D, fantasy from Robert Rodriguez, distributed by Sony Pictures, and the Canadian La Mystérieuse Mademoiselle C by Richard Ciupka. A sound of Thunder, the fantasy film by Peter Hyams, a co-production between the USA and Germany from ApolloMedia and the Czechs at ETIC Limited is targeting a public not much older, with a film from American Wes Craven, Red Eye distributed by UIP on 25 screens.
Finally for an older age-group, the Japanese film from Ryuichi Hiroki, Vibrator, the American-Italian-French-Hong-Kong co-production, Eros, and three other films from Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar-wai distributed by Alternative Films and also the British Pride and Prejudice [trailer] by Joe Wright, distributed by UIP on 39 prints, making it the biggest release of the week.
(Translated from French)