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Tavernier and Rampling, guests of honour at the Brussels Film Festival

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- On top of a whole new competition dedicated to musical documentaries, the Festival will propose close on sixty European films

Tavernier and Rampling, guests of honour at the Brussels Film Festival

The 11th Brussels Film Festival will take place from June 19th to 26th in Flagey. Resolutely geared towards European creations, as evidenced by its list of  competitors (and its previous name), for the past few years the Festival has nevertheless attempted to open up its programme to include other horizons. Inspired by memorable cine-concerts, notably featuring the Tindersticks in 2011, who came to present on stage the fruit of their collaboration with Claire Denis, the Festival has this year chosen to launch a competition dedicated to musical documentaries.

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In competition, scrutinized by a jury presided by Bertrand Tavernier, and notably including directors Samuel Benchetrit and Joachim Lafosse, twelve European feature films will compete for the Golden Iris. Camille Claudel 1915 by Bruno Dumont, which was unveiled in Berlin, will be presented, as well as Michael Kholhaas by Arnaud des Pallières and Miele by Valeria Golino, recently discovered on the Croisette.

As in previous years, the Festival will enable the public to discover cinematographic territories poorly represented in Belgian cinemas, such as Scandinavian productions (8-Ball by Aku Louhimies, Finland, and 90 Minutes by Eva Sorhaug, Sweden, in competition, or Road North by Mika Kaurismaki and Sanctuary by Frederik Edfeldt of Sweden, in the Panorama section), and a strong Polish contingent (Baby Blues by Katia Roslaniec, Viva Belarusi by Krzystof Lukaszewicz, and in the Panorama, Lasting by Jacek Borcuch and Loving by Slavomir Fabicki).

The Festival will open with the Danish film Kapringen by Tobias Lindholm, written by the screenwriter of Jagten and Borgen), and will end in the presence of Charlotte Rampling with the screening of I, Anna, by Barnaby Southcombe.

Finally, eight Belgian films will be proposed every night during free open-air screenings, and the Festival will show the first film by Delphine Noels, Post-Partum, in its avant-première, with Mélanie Doutey and Jalil Lespert, produced by Frakas.

It is also worth noting that Cineuropa will award a prize to one of the twelve competing films. 

(Translated from French)

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