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RELEASES Belgium

Deluge of European films hit screens

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Nine new titles hit screens this week, seven of which are European, including many Flemish productions (see news ).

Wednesday’s national release is, nonetheless, a Francophone co-production between the Belgian Banana Films, the French Libris Films and the Luxembourg Hémisphères Films. Already selected at numerous festivals, including the latest San Sebastián Festival, Stéphan Carpiaux’s Red Ants [+see also:
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is an impressive if disturbing film distributed by Victory Films and sold internationally by Wide Management.

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Played by Déborah François (The Child [+see also:
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, The Page Turner [+see also:
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), Alex is a hard-working young girl who devotes her life to looking after her father after the tragic death of her mother. This engaging, if rather stiff and cool, first feature tentatively explores its subject matter, touching on many taboos, freeing the characters from the influence of the dead woman and gradually liberating Alex and her father from their enduring obsession with her awful accident.

A European title not to be missed is Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven [+see also:
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(see Focus) distributed by Cinéart. The film has won several awards, including the first Lux Prize (see news), and is a favourite for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film nomination (see news).

Following its inclusion in official competition at the latest Berlinale (see report), and after winning the Golden Hitchcock Award at the 18th Dinard British Film Festival (see news ), David Mackenzie’s Hallam Foe [+see also:
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is being distributed in Belgium by Brunbro Films.

Norwegian film Trigger by Gunnar Vikene, screened at the Brussels European Film Festival, is a family comedy distributed by Jekino and co-produced by Cinenord , Miso Film (Denmark) and company Cinenord Stockholm (Sweden) .

The final two European releases of the week are French films: Julien Leclercq’s ambitious futuristic thriller Chrysalis [+see also:
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and Christine Carrière’s Darling [+see also:
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, a naturalistic film set against a backdrop of human misery, both distributed by Les Films de L'Elysée.

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(Translated from French)

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