The Belgians’ Indian summer
by Aurore Engelen
- A real plethora of Belgian films to be found this late summer in both the Montreal and Toronto festivals
Starting from this week, Canada gets set to receive a serious amount of Belgian movies. From 21 August to 1 September, the Montreal World Film Festival will show Belgian shorts and features, including The Treatment [+see also:
film profile], the latest thriller from Hans Herbot, as well as three French-language films making their world premiere. Bernard Bellefroid will take part in the official competition with Melody, his second feature film (article). Two first features will be present in the First Films Competition and the Focus on World Cinema sections respectively: L’année prochaine by Vania Leturcq (Hélicotronc - article) and Tous les chats sont gris by Savina Dellicour (Tarantula - article).
The Toronto International Film Festival, a major cinema rendez-vous for audiences and professionals, from 4 to 14 September will host an exceptional number of Belgian productions, for special continental premieres, offering them at the same time a fantastic opportunity on the North-American market. Making its world premiere in this way is Tokyo Fiancée, the third feature film from Stefan Liberski (produced by Versus Production - article), a popular adaptation of Amélie Nothomb’s autobiographical novel Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam, starring Pauline Etienne. In the same category (Contemporary World Cinema), we find another excellent performance by actress Emilie Dequenne, who illuminates Not my Type [+see also:
interview: Lucas Belvaux
film profile] by Lucas Belvaux (Artemis Production).
Another long-awaited premiere in the Midnight Madness section is Cub by Jonas Govaert (article), a frenzied blood-bath in which a troop of kindly scouts is picked off by a dangerous caveman. In the same section, Alleluia [+see also:
interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile] by Fabrice Du Welz, unveiled at Cannes last May, as well as Two Days, One Night [+see also:
interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile] by the Dardenne brothers, which will have a special screening. Good things come in threes as the festival will also host, in the Vanguard section, the world premiere of Waste Land by Pieter Van Hees, with notably Jérémie Rénier. Young audiences will be able to discover Labyrinthus by Douglas Boswell (based on a screenplay by Pierre De Clercq). It’s also worth noting that the TIFF will unveil the first "American movie" by Michael Roskam (Bullhead [+see also:
interview: Bart Van Langendonck
interview: Michaël R. Roskam
film profile]), The Drop, with Matthias Schoenaerts and the late James Gandolfini.
(Translated from French)