The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival sets a chill on the Bozar
by Aurore Engelen
- The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival moves to the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts with the firm intention of rattling the institution, with more than 110 films from all over the world.
After having occupied the nearly empty space of Tour & Taxis for many years, The Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) has decided to move to the Bozar, an apparently quieter location, but offering quality infrastructures which appear to have infused the organisers with new flights of fancy. Freed from certain logistical constraints, they have decided to launch new sections (New Movies, First Ventures), and shed light specifically on future Belgian talents in an out-of-competition section, with a prize also awarded by the Union of Belgian Cinematographic Press. Also on the programme this year, prestigious master classes with none other than Neil Jordan and Dario Argento, and a focus on Ireland, which will get off to a running start with the opening screening of the highly anticipated Byzantium by Neil Jordan (article), a baroque vampire movie for adults with Gemma Atterton and Johnny Lee Miller.
In the thriller competition, the attendance of an appealing European contingent is worth mentioning, with a trio from the United Kingdom (The Imposter [+see also:
film profile] by Bart Layton, The Liability [+see also:
film profile] by Craig Viveiros, and Trap for Cinderella by Ian Softley), as well as Forgotten [+see also:
film profile] by Alex Schmidt (Germany) and Rat King by Petri Kotwica (Finland/Estonia). In the 7th Parallel competition, we find Abracadabra by conceptual Belgian artist Lucile Desamory, living in Germany, Blancanieves [+see also:
interview: Pablo Berger
film profile] by Pablo Berger (Spain), and Vanishing Waves [+see also:
interview: Kristina Buozyte
film profile] by Kristina Buozyte (Lithuania/France/Belgium). Finally, Spain (The End by Jorge Torregrossa, The Forest by Oscar Aibar), the United Kingdom (Community by Jason Ford, A Fantastic Fear of Everything [+see also:
film profile] by Crispian Mills & Chris Hopewell, May I Kill You? by Stuart Urban), Italy (Fairytale by Christian Bisceglia and Ascanio Malgarini, Paura 3D by Antonio & Marco Manetti) and Ireland (Earthbound by Alan Brennan) will all be in the running in the European competition. Finally, three European films will be in the international competition: Ghost Graduation by Javier Ruiz Caldera (Spain), The Human Race by Paul Hough (United Kingdom), and Stitches by Conor McMahon (Ireland).
Worth mentioning, the unusual quasi-absence of French and Scandinavian films in this 2013 batch of offerings ! Rendez-vous on April 13th for the prize-winners' list.
(Translated from French)
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