Belgian films showcased in Montreal
by Aurore Engelen
- Like each year, the World Film Festival of Montreal warmly welcomes Belgian cinema and especially Flemish films
Enthusiasm for Belgian cinema has paid off since during the past ten years Ben X [+see also:
interview: Nic Balthazar
interview: Peter Bouckaert
film profile], Adem [+see also:
film profile] and Come As You Are [+see also:
interview: Geoffrey Enthoven
film profile] all won the Grand Prix of the Americas, North Sea Texas [+see also:
film profile] won the Silver Zenith, Jan Decleir, Filip Peeters and Johan Leysen were awarded Best Actor Prizes and the short film FAL won the Grand Prix.
Competing for the Grand Prix of the Americas this year, Het Vonnis, the new thriller by Jan Verheyen, follows the path of a broken man after the death of his wife and daughter during a violent assault, which also left him in a coma for several weeks. Barely recovered, he sees the culprit released by the court because of a procedural irregularity. It is also worth noting the presence of the Franco-Belgian coproduction Landes [+see also:
film profile] by François-Xavier Vives.
The competition for Best First Film features Yam Yam by Vivian Gofette. Christian leads an uneventful bourgeois life as a rural vet. Searching for adrenaline, he also leads a second life online by flirting with young African women. Until Faustine, a 26 year-old woman from Burkina Faso arrives in his practice and says: “I am here illegally so marry me like you promised you would...”. 82 jours en avril by Bart van den Bempt was also selected. It follows the journey of a couple gone to collect the belongings of their son who died during a trip to Istanbul. Unintentionally, they will relive the last few days of their son’s life.
Another great Belgian premiere to look out for is Marina, the new film by Stijn Coninx, which will take part in the Grand Masters section. The movie, which recounts the path of famous Italian singer Rocco Granata, will be released in Belgium on November 6. Finally, in the Openness to the World section, the choir comedy Brasserie Romantiek by Joël Vanhoebrouck will be presented.
Rendez-vous in Montreal from August 22 to September 2.
(Translated from French)
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