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Europe shows its strength at the Brussels Film Festival

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- For its 12th edition, from 6-14 June, the Brussels Film Festival will present an eclectic overview of young European cinema

Europe shows its strength at the Brussels Film Festival
The Reunion by Anna Odell

The 12th Brussels European Film Festival will take place from 6-14 June. As with last year's edition, the festival has again been stressing its mission to scout out European talents. Therefore, the official competition dedicated to European writer-directors will bring together a total of 12 films. Swedish directors will be out in force, with three titles: The Reunion [+see also:
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by visual artist Anna Odell, Broken Hill Blues [+see also:
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by Sofia Norlin (her feature debut), and Something Must Break [+see also:
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by Ester Martin Bergsmark, also a debut film and winner of the Silver Tiger Award at Rotterdam. Another Scandinavian contender is I Am Yours [+see also:
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, which represented Norway at the Oscars and is directed by young filmmaker Iram Haq. They are joined by the Silver Lion winner from the last Venice Festival (Miss Violence [+see also:
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by Greece's Alexandros Avranas); two Spanish films (Aces [+see also:
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by Alfonso Zarauza and Arctic [+see also:
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by Gabriel Velazquez); the overall winner of the last Eddas, Iceland's film awards (Of Horses and Men [+see also:
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by Benedikt Erlingsson); and the winner of the last Lolas, Germany's film awards (The Dark Valley [+see also:
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by Andreas Prochaska). Also in the selection are Vis-à-vis [+see also:
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by Croatian director Nevio Marasovic, Farewell to the Moon [+see also:
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by Dutch filmmaker Dick Tuinder, and the latest film by Sophie Fillières, If You Don't, I Will [+see also:
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, starring Emmanuelle Devos and Mathieu Amalric.

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And coincidentally, attendees will find Mathieu Amalric at the opening of the festival, presenting his latest directorial work, The Blue Room [+see also:
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, recently revealed at Cannes. Another Cannes sensation, Bird People [+see also:
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by Pascale Ferran, will be presented as a preview screening. The festival will also have two additional top-notch preview screenings on offer: The Double [+see also:
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by Richard Ayoade (with a very “Sundance” cast – Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska); the feature debut by screenwriter Hossein AminiThe Two Faces of January [+see also:
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, an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac; and the intriguing The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux.

As has been the case for several years, the festival will also be notable for presenting no fewer than ten musical documentaries, including Pulp, a Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets [+see also:
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, directed by Florian Habicht, which looks back on the career of Pulp, the group headed for 25 years by Jarvis Cocker.

(Translated from French)

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