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Belgian Cinema: Both Sides Now

Belgium is a small country with an immense cinematic heritage. National treasures range from Chantal Akerman, Yolanda Moreau, the Dardenne Brothers and Felix van Groeningen to Man Bites Dog’s Benoît Poelvoorde, and Hergé’s eternally rousing adventures of Tintin. This year’s country focus celebrates the best of contemporary Belgian cinema in an outstanding year that has brought global acclaim for Lukas Dhont’s Girl. The range and quality of Belgian cinema is reflected in a selection of films that include the stylish thriller Mothers’ Instinct, and wonderful animation This Magnificent Cake! Constantly undervalued in the pantheon of great European filmmaking nations, Belgium is more than ready for this close-up. 

Thanks to the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in the UK / Embassy of Belgium and Wallonie-Bruxelles International / Embassy of Belgium


Films in this Festival Strand

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27-28 February

Alone at My Wedding (N/C 15+)

A touching tale of one woman’s exile and unhappy engagement. ​Director Marta Bergman will attend the screening on Wed 27 Feb.

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23-24 February

Angel (N/C 15+)

A sensual brief encounter that unfolds in a dream-like fever. ​Director Koen Mortier will attend the screening on Sat 23 Feb.

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28 February - 1 March

For a Happy Life (N/C 12+)

Amel and Mashir live a secret and passionate love story. ​Directors Dimitri Linder and Salima Glamine​ will attend the screening on Thu 28 Feb.

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24-25 February

Girl (N/C 15+)

Determined 15-year-old Lara is committed to becoming a professional ballerina.

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2 March

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (N/C 15+)

Chantal Akerman's acutely observed feminist epic, starring the incredible Delphine Seyrig. ​This screening will be introduced by Dr. Jamie Steele, Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Bath Spa University​.

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25-26 February

The Elephant and the Butterfly (N/C 12+)

An estranged father unexpectedly spends a day with his young daughter.

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1-2 March

The Third Marriage (N/C 12+)

A gay man enters into a marriage of convenience with a Congolese immigrant. ​

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26-27 February

This Magnificent Cake! + Oh Willy... (N/C 12+)

An animated anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century.

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