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The Brussels Film Festival unveils its programme

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- Once again, the Brussels Film Festival will shine the spotlight on the year’s little-explored cinematic treats in Brussels’ movie theatres

The Brussels Film Festival unveils its programme
Flocking by Beata Gardeler

The Brussels Film Festival, firmly dedicated to European cinema, will take place from 5-12 June. Once again, it will be a chance to discover new European auteurs, but also to become reacquainted with seasoned arthouse directors and, above all, to let ourselves get whisked away by an array of the most eclectic titles that European cinema has to offer. 

In addition to the 28 member states of the EU, the gathering is extending its reach to the 50 or so countries that comprise the geographical area of Europe. Within the official competition, we find 11 feature films hailing from Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Iceland, Bulgaria, Germany and France. The programme will boast movies that have already won awards at major European festivals, such as Flocking [+see also:
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by Beata Gardeler, the winner of the Crystal Bear in the Generation 14+ category at Berlin, and the Danish title In Your Arms [+see also:
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interview: Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm
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by Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, the big winner of the Göteborg Film Festival, as well as The Lesson [+see also:
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, the feature debut by Bulgarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, which snagged the Best Film Award in the New Directors section at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Meanwhile, the Panorama section features plenty more discoveries to be made and emphasises four strong themes: the "masters" of European cinema, the "outsiders", the "explorers" and, lastly – the icing on the cake – the "happy hours", which focuses on genre films. 

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The festival also comprises tributes, including one to Jacques Doillon (to whom the Cinematek will dedicate a retrospective), some exceptional premiere screenings (Je suis mort mais j’ai des amis [+see also:
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by Guillaume and Stéphane Malandrin, Kidnapping Mr Heineken [+see also:
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by Daniel Alfredson and Nos Futurs [+see also:
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by Rémi Bezançon), and even open-air screenings open to the public, which will showcase the latest Belgian productions. Another big event will be the opening of the festival – the curtain will rise with one of the films that set tongues wagging at the most recent Cannes Film Festival, The Measure of a Man [+see also:
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by Stéphane Brizé, carried by the masterful Vincent Lindon, who incidentally received the Best Actor Award for his performance in the movie. 

You can view the programme in its entirety here.

(Translated from French)

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