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RELEASES Belgium

Two generations of filmmakers grace screens

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Dagen Zonder Lief [+see also:
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interview: Felix van Groeningen
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(lit. “Days Without Love”), the second feature by young director Felix van Groeningen (see interview), distributed by Kinepolis Films, is one of two domestic titles hitting screens this week.

The €1m Menuet production received backing from the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, broadcasters VTM and Prime Time and tax shelter funding through SCOPE Invest (see news).

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While the highly stylised and rock'n'roll Steve +Sky (see Making of) depicted passionate love, the more realist yet melancholic Dagen Zonder Lief is on a group of thirtysomethings who look at how life has changed them.

In a rather different vein, Marion Hänsel directs Cinéart release Sounds of Sand [+see also:
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, an adaptation of Marc Durin-Valois’ novel Chamelle.

The film, which had an eight-week shoot on location in Djibouti, features Burkinabe actor Issaka Sawadogo and Rwanda-born Belgian actress Carole Karemera. A cross between documentary and fiction, Sounds of Sand follows a family as it makes its exodus through the desert. In a desire to flee the drought as much as the civil war, the family encounters disaster and death.

Produced by Hänsel’s outfit Man's Film, Sounds of Sand was co-produced with France’s A.S.A.P Films and backed by the Communauté française de Belgique, the VAF, the CNC and Eurimages (see Making of).

Three French films open in Belgian cinemas this week: Grégoire Solotareff and Serge Elissalde’s highly original animation feature U [+see also:
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, Claude Berri’s Ensemble, c'est tout [+see also:
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and J'attends quelqu'un [+see also:
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, the new title by Jérôme Bonnell after his Pale Eyes [+see also:
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interview: Jérôme Bonnell
interview: Nathalie Boutefeu
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(see Focus).

UK/US joint production Breaking and Entering [+see also:
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by British helmer Anthony Minghella brings the total number of European productions to six, out of eight new releases this week.

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(Translated from French)

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