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The Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary

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- Through its various sections, competitions and panoramas, and its Italian and Syrian Focuses, the gathering will be marking its first quarter of a century by painting a portrait of Mediterranean youth

The Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary
Carmina y amén by Paco León

The 14th Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival will be held from 5-12 December. As usual, the “Med” will concentrate on showcasing the sheer variety seen in the film industries hailing from the different shores of the Mediterranean. The gathering, which last year became an annual event, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this edition. This will be the perfect opportunity to unveil a special programme aimed at painting a portrait of Mediterranean youth. This year’s Focus will be dedicated to the exuberant Italian film industry, and will attempt to shine a spotlight on the crisis in Syria by means of documentaries and debates.

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The competition will bring together nine feature films that will be revealed and critiqued by the jury chaired by actress Anne Coesens (Illegal [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Olivier Masset-Depasse
film profile
]
, Not My Type
 [+see also:
trailer
interview: Lucas Belvaux
film profile
]
), and comprising Jackie Berroyer, Nader Boussandel, Valentina Carnelutti, Vania Leturcq and Catherine Salée. Featuring among the titles are Barbarians [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Ivan Ikic
film profile
]
by Ivan Ikic (Serbia), Carmina y amén [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Paco León (Spain), Geronimo [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Tony Gatlif (France), Human Capital [+see also:
trailer
interview: Paolo Virzì
film profile
]
by Paolo Virzì (Italy), L’Oranais [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Lyes Salem (France/Algeria) and Three Windows and a Hanging [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Arben Zharku
interview: Isa Qosja
film profile
]
by Isa Qosja (Kosovo/Germany). Cineuropa will also be handing out an award at the festival.

The Panorama section will give audiences the chance to discover a number of sensational European titles, including Class Enemy [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Rok Biček
interview: Rok Bicek
interview: Rok Bicek
festival scope
film profile
]
by young Slovenian director Rok Bicek, which is also in the running for the European Parliament’s LUX Prize. Two generations of Greek filmmakers will also be showcased, with The Enemy Within [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Yorgos Tsemberopoulos and Xenia [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Panos H. Koutras
film profile
]
by Panos H Koutras (whose debut film, The Attack of the Giant Moussaka, is also included on the festival programme, as part of the Mad Med evening, dedicated to genre films). In addition, two French feature debuts will be screened: Qu’Allah bénisse la France [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Abd Al Malik and Insecure [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Marianne Tardieu
film profile
]
by Marianne Tardieu.

Lastly, the festival will offer a programme packed to the rafters with short films and documentaries, which will serve to complement this rich insight into film production from all around the Mediterranean.

(Translated from French)

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