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The Liège International Comedy Film Festival prepares for its very first edition

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- The inaugural edition of this new gathering that aims to shine a spotlight on comedy – a genre that is often overlooked at festivals – will unspool from 23-26 November

The Liège International Comedy Film Festival prepares for its very first edition
Banana by Andrea Jublin

A newcomer is about to be added to the list of Belgian film festivals, in the form of the Liège International Comedy Film Festival. The gathering’s founders intend to fill a glaring gap in the Belgian, and indeed European, film landscape. Belgium is certainly not lacking in actors who are making, and have already made, some of the finest examples of the genre, especially in France (Benoît Poelvoorde, François Damiens and Virginie Efira all spring to mind), and this focus on comedy should in all likelihood draw in a broad audience.

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The festival will host a feature-film competition, the jury for which will be chaired by French actor-director Eric Judor, flanked by French actors Daniel Prévost, Antoine Duléry and Dominique Pinon, Belgian actor Guy Lecluse, Belgian producer Olivier Bronckart and Belgian journalist Cathy Immelen.

In competition, we find A fond [+see also:
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, the new film by Nicolas Benamou, the director of the hit comedies Babysitting [+see also:
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and All Gone South [+see also:
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, starring José Garcia and André Dussolier; Banana [+see also:
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, the feature debut by Italy’s Andrea Jublin; Going to Brazil [+see also:
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, the new movie by actor-director Patrick Mille (Mauvaise Fille [+see also:
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), starring a cast of fresh faces; The Legend of Barney Thomson [+see also:
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, the directorial debut by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, who plays the lead role, alongside Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone; Il a déjà tes yeux [+see also:
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by Lucien Jean-Baptiste (La Première Etoile [+see also:
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, Dieumerci! [+see also:
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), who is joined by such names as Aïssa Maïga and Vincent Elbaz; and lastly, a local contender, the astounding King of the Belgians [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Woodworth, Peter Br…
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by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, starring the hilariously deadpan Peter Van Den Begin in the title role, playing a king deposed by his country against his will. Incidentally, we should note that half of the films are by actors who have made the leap behind the camera. The results of the competition will be unveiled on 26 November.

(Translated from French)

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