A retrospective and premieres for the Be Film Festival
by Aurore Engelen
- The Be Film Festival, which honours Belgian cinema, will this year devote itself to debut films, and have the prestigious patronage of Jaco Van Dormael
For ten years now, the Be Film Festival has been giving Belgian viewers an overview of Belgian cinema of the past year, serving as an opportunity to (re)-discover Belgian films released over the last 12 months in all their glorious diversity but also to attend a number of film premieres.
This year, the Be Film Festival has a first-class patron in the form of Jaco Van Dormael. Festivalgoers will, of course, be able to see The Brand New Testament, but will also be able to participate in a master class given by the director after the film, a unique opportunity to learn a bit more about the poetic and off-the-chain world of this Belgian filmmaker.
Turning to premieres, Be Film is pushing the boat out. First up is a trio of debut features, unveiled at this year’s Namur Film Festival: Keeper, by Guillaume Senez, which will open the Festival; Beyond Here, a debut film directed and self-produced by Hugo Bousquet; Je me tue à le dire, a black, off-the-wall and iconoclastic comedy by Xavier Seron; and finally Parasol by Valéry Rosier, which has already had a good run in international festivals (Busan, San Sebastián, and Amiens, where it won the Audience Award). Also featuring are two other feature films: Un homme à la mer by Géraldine Doignon (who also made De leur vivant), and Welcome Home by Philippe de Pierpont (who was also behind She’s Not Crying, She’s Singing). The Be Film Festival will also be placing documentaries front and centre, notably with the premiere of Eclaireurs by Christophe Hermans, and Eurovillage by François Pirot. There will also be a first at this year’s Festival, with the screening of the first two episodes of highly anticipated Belgian series La Trêve, directed by Matthieu Donck. Finally, the Be Film being a window on Belgian cinema, there will be no shortage of Flemish films, with the premieres of Fallow by Laurent Van Lancker, and Problemski Hotel by Manu Riche.
The Festival will be held from 26 to 31 December at the Bozar in Brussels.
(Translated from French)