The Be Film Festival celebrates its tenth birthday
by Aurore Engelen
- The crème de la crème of Belgian cinema from the past year is waiting to be discovered at the tenth edition of the Be Film Festival in Brussels
Slap bang in the middle of the post-Christmas lull, the Be Film Festival is back for the tenth time to offer Brussels’ audiences a look back at the cream of the crop in terms of Belgian films from the past year, with a few top-notch exclusives to boot. It will be a joyful parade of little delights hailing from all around the country, including a number of first-rate premieres as well. The festival will open this evening with the screening of Melody, the new film by Bernard Bellefroid, which was revealed at the Montreal World Film Festival, where its two lead actresses, Lucie Debay and Rachel Blake, received the Best Actress Award; it was screened again at the most recent FIFF in Namur, where the movie took home the Audience Award. The gathering will be brought to a close on 30 December by Vania Leturcq’s feature debut, L’Année Prochaine (read the article), a title that was also revealed at the FIFF and at Montreal, which it came back from clutching the Silver Zenith Award for Best Feature Debut. In the interim, Be Film will also give viewers the opportunity to discover Lucifer, the new film by singular Flemish director Gust van den Berghe (Little Baby Jesus of Flandr, Blue Bird).
Above all, the Be Film Festival shines a welcome spotlight on the Belgian films that have come out over the last 12 months. As such, nestling between two big family get-togethers, it is a chance to rediscover the crème de la crème of Belgium’s seventh art, this year including a fine trio of genre films (Alleluia by Fabrice du Welz, Cub by Jonas Govaert, and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears by Bruno Cattet and Hélène Forzani), the forays into Hollywood made by two Flemish filmmakers (The Drop by Michael Roskam, the director of Bullhead, and The Loft, Erik Van Looy’s remake of his own hit film, Loft), the reunion of the two Benoîts (Mariage and Poelvoorde, in Scouting for Zebras), a true champion of the Flemish box office (Stijn Coninx and his biopic, Marina), as well as a few extremely bankable stars from French-language Belgian cinema: the Dardenne brothers, of course, with their Two Days, One Night, but also Lucas Belvaux and his Not My Type, in addition to Marion Hänsel, with Tenderness. So come along to Bozar to celebrate 2014-vintage Belgian cinema, and daydream about the possibilities of next year’s batch.
(Translated from French)