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BRIFF 2018

The BRIFF aims to entice a wide range of audiences with its first edition

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- The Brussels International Film Festival intends to offer a sizeable, popular cinema gathering in the heart of the European capital

The BRIFF aims to entice a wide range of audiences with its first edition
Witz by Martine Doyen

The first edition of the BRIFF (Brussels International Film Festival) will be held from 20-30 June and aims to offer Brussels residents a huge, festive gathering centring on cinema. Its goal is to bring together all audiences, whether they favour arthouse films or more mainstream titles.

As for the programme, the festival will have three competitions on offer. The International Competition will allow viewers to see the national premieres of a range of features unveiled over the last few months at other international festivals, including Venice and Cannes. Standing out among them are a clutch of sensations from this year’s Cannes (Dogman [+see also:
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interview: Matteo Garrone
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]
 by Matteo GarroneSorry Angel [+see also:
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Q&A: Christophe Honoré
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]
 by Christophe Honoré and Under the Silver Lake by David Robert Mitchell) as well as last year’s edition (Directions [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Stephan Komandarev
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]
 by Stephan Komandarev and April’s Daughter by Michel Franco), the winner of the Audience Award at the most recent International Film Festival Rotterdam, which was also selected at Sundance (The Guilty [+see also:
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interview: Gustav Möller
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]
 by Gustav Möller), the Venice-premiered movies Manuel [+see also:
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 by Dario Albertini and No Date No Signature by Vahid Jalilvand, the Karlovy Vary-awarded Arrhythmia [+see also:
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interview: Boris Khlebnikov
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]
 by Boris Khlebnikov and the US title Tully by Jason Reitman.

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The BRIFF will also organise a European competition, the objective of which will be to showcase the talent of pioneering young filmmakers. The films will be selected by a trio of Belgian directors (Jessica WoodworthGuérin Van de Vorst and André Buytaers), as well as by the Association of French-language Film Directors.

Lastly, Belgium itself will also be enjoying the limelight via a mixed competition incorporating hitherto unseen movies (two documentaries, Holy Tour [+see also:
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 by Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Valéry Rosier, and Breathless [+see also:
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 by Daniel Lambo; and two fiction titles, Witz [+see also:
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interview: Martine Doyen
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by Martine Doyen and Doubleplusungood [+see also:
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by Marco Laguna), in addition to films that have had a recent theatrical release, and which the gathering wishes to thrust back into the spotlight for the benefit of the audience (Zagros [+see also:
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interview: Sahim Omar Kalifa
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]
 by Sahim Omar KalifaSo Help Me God [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Jean Libon and Yves Hinant
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]
 by Yves Hinant and Jean LibonBitter Flowers [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Olivier Meys
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]
 by Olivier Meys, and Carnivores [+see also:
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interview: Jérémie and Yannick Renier
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]
 by Jérémie and Yannick Renier).

As for the events, the festival will open with the very eagerly awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote [+see also:
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interview: Terry Gilliam
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]
 by Terry Gilliam, will welcome Claudia Cardinale as the guest of honour at the first edition, and will feature a handful of themed selections. An impressive number of other activities, including open-air screenings, should help to draw in the Brussels crowds for this first pilot edition.

(Translated from French)

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