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BRIFF 2022

The 5th Brussels International Film Festival boasts a jam-packed programme

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- After a year’s break and a "lighter" edition, the festival is getting back to business with a full-capacity summer edition

The 5th Brussels International Film Festival boasts a jam-packed programme
15 Ways to Kill Your Neighbour by Santiago Mitre

The Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF) is returning to its usual summer setting on the occasion of its 5th edition, unspooling from 23 June to 2 July in the heart of the Belgian capital. The line-up includes over thirty films as yet unseen in Belgium, as well as three competitions, three thematic sections (a focus on French film, and notably its recovery, a tribute to Italian cinema from the 50s and 60s, and a special selection dedicated to Fanny Ardant), open air screenings, workshops and professional gatherings.

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Brussels will look a lot like the Croisette when it comes to the festival’s opening and closing films, since Belgian audiences will get to see premières of Michel HazanaviciusFinal Cut [+see also:
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and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing, both of which caused quite a stir in Cannes.

Eight films will battle it out in the International Competition, the most memorable of which are the seriously offbeat French comedy 15 Ways to Kill Your Neighbour [+see also:
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by Argentine director Santiago Mitre, starring Melvil Poupaud, Vimala Pons, Louis Garrel and Françoise Lebrun; Icelandic movie Beautiful Beings [+see also:
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by the recipient of the Europa Cinemas Prize at the last Berlinale Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson; Spanish-French co-production The Beasts [+see also:
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by Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen, and Dominik Moll’s new thriller The Night of the 12th [+see also:
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, both of which hail from the Cannes Première section; the European co-production presented in Venice, Sundown [+see also:
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by Mexico’s Michel Franco; A E I O U - A Quick Alphabet Of Love [+see also:
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by Germany’s Nicolette Krebitz, and Nana (Before, Now & Then) by Indonesia’s Kamila Andini, both of which competed at the Berlinale; and 1976 by Chile’s Manuela Martelli, which was selected in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.

Homing in on Directors’ Week - which was introduced in collaboration with the Association of French-Speaking Directors and which focuses on films made in Europe - six movies are set to feature in this selection: Il Buco [+see also:
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, a mysterious, historical drama by Italy’s Michelangelo Frammartino which scooped the Jury Award in Venice; Three Minutes – A Lengthening [+see also:
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by Holland’s Bianca Stigter, a hypnotic documentary discovered on the Lido and based on 16mm archive images, which takes us to the heart of a Jewish town in Poland in 1938; and another discovered in Sundance, the Hungarian film Gentle [+see also:
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by Lászlo Csuja and Anna Eszter Nemes, which follows the trials and tribulations of a bodybuilding champion. The Strange Case of Jacky Caillou [+see also:
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, a rural tale by Lucas Delangle which was screened in Cannes’ ACID selection in May, is also taking part in the competition, alongside Christos Massalas’ hybrid film Broadway [+see also:
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, which blends together all genres and enjoyed its premiere in the IFFR, and Talking about the Weather [+see also:
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by Germany’s Annika Pinske, which paints the portrait of a thoroughly modern woman and was discovered in the Berlinale.

Nestled within the National Competition, we find ten films: five documentaries and five fiction films, both Flemish and French-language. Most notable among these are Giordano Gederlini’s thriller On the Edge [+see also:
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and the new film by documentary-maker Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd Inner Lines, which sets out to meet those who try to bypass wars by way of emergency corridors running parallel to frontlines. Rounding off the line-up are Krump [+see also:
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by Cédric Bourgeois (Belgium), Dragon Women by Frédérique de Montblanc (Belgium/Switzerland/South Korea), A Parked Life by Peter Triest (Belgium), Le Voyage de Talia by Christophe Rolin (Belgium/Senegal), Austral [+see also:
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by Benjamin Colaux (Belgium), Easy Tiger by Karel Tuytschaever (Belgium/the Netherlands), Une bosse dans le cœur by Noé Reutenauer (Belgium/France) and Sous contrôle by Manuel Poutte (Belgium).

The Chronicles of Love retrospective is the product of a collaboration between BRIFF and the Bologna Film Archive, which will allow audiences to rediscover Italian film masterpieces from the second half of the 20th century. Italian film will remain centre stage, on account of Fanny Ardant’s presence at the festival, through the screening of Ettore Scola’s La Famiglia. Other movies gracing the agenda include Lola Pater [+see also:
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by Nadir Moknèche and the actress’s most recent film The Young Lovers [+see also:
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by Carine Tardieu.

In addition to these many screenings, which are set to be further bolstered by Special Screenings, notably held open-air, BRIFF is also hosting the Brussels Co-Production Market (read our article), a pitching session, pop-up meetings, a gathering dedicated to music, a screenwriters’ day and, last but not least, a masterclass led by Michel Leclerc who’s attending the festival to present Not My Type [+see also:
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