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BIFFF 2021

A 100% online edition is on the cards for the 39th BIFFF

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- This year’s iteration of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival will unspool digitally from 6-18 April

A 100% online edition is on the cards for the 39th BIFFF
The Shift by Alessandro Tonda

An extraordinary situation calls for an extraordinary edition. While last year, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) was forced to keep its doors shut even before they’d had a chance to open, the organisers have (unfortunately) had time this year to rustle up a 100% online iteration, after having almost had the appealing opportunity to offer a hybrid version of the festival.

This will be a heartbreaking situation for a festival that is well known in Belgium and beyond for… its audiences – viewers who get incredibly involved, making their presence felt and expressing their enthusiasm, often rather rowdily. But be that as it may, this 39th edition will still take place despite everything, with a programme bursting with no fewer than 48 features, including three world, nine international and four European premieres. It’s also worth noting that the festival is presenting 11 films that were selected for last year’s “coronaborted” edition, so as not to bid farewell to 2020 without a dignified burial.

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As the opening flick of the BIFFF, the Belgian audience will get the chance to watch the international premiere of The Shift [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alessandro Tonda
film profile
]
, which was presented last autumn at the Rome Film Fest. A large chunk of the movie, directed by Italian filmmaker Alessandro Tonda, was shot in Belgium, and it is also set in Brussels. And later on, viewers will be laughing despite themselves when they see Riders of Justice [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anders Thomas Jensen
film profile
]
by Denmark’s Anders Thomas Jensen, starring Mads Mikkelsen, which recently opened International Film Festival Rotterdam and which will have the honour of bringing proceedings in Brussels to a close.

Within the gathering’s European Competition, we find the British films Caveat [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Damian Mc Carthy
film profile
]
by Damian McCarthy and Host [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Rob Savage, the Italian movie The Guest Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Stefano Lodovichi, which will enjoy its international premiere, Meander [+see also:
film review
interview: Mathieu Turi
film profile
]
by France’s Mathieu Turi, the Hungarian horror flick Post Mortem [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Péter Bergendy and the aforementioned Riders of Justice.

Selected in the International Competition are the Irish-US effort Son [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Ivan Kavanagh, which will have its international premiere, the Finnish-US title Sound of Violence [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alex Noyer
film profile
]
by Alex Noyer, which was presented at SXSW recently, and the Russian feature Superdeep by Arseny Sukhin.

Also of note is the fact that a Belgian film will be world-premiered at the BIFFF: Hotel Poséidon [+see also:
film review
interview: Stef Lernous
film profile
]
by Stef Lernous, which is duking it out in the 7th Parallel Competition, where we also find the Spanish movie The Barcelona Vampiress [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Lluis Danés.

And so Belgian viewers should not hesitate to flock to the online platform from 6-18 April while we await the 40th edition in 2022, which staunchly promises to be an “in the flesh” version.

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(Translated from French)

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