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The Be Film Festival keeps the party alive

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- For its 12th edition, the Be Film Festival will have three additional days to celebrate Belgian cinema in all its guises

The Be Film Festival keeps the party alive
Don't Tell Her by Solange Cicurel

From 22-30 December, the Be Film Festival will be making the most of the end-of-year festivities for the 12th time to celebrate the sheer richness of Belgian cinema, no matter the language, genre or format. And since the event has always thought on a grand scale, this year it is extending the celebrations with three extra days, thus giving it the opportunity to host its first Brussels Co-Production Forum, which aims to promote co-production partnerships between Belgian and European producers. One of the defining features of this forum is that the selected projects will be majority foreign productions that will be making the trip to Belgium in search of minority Belgian co-producers. A total of eight projects will be taking part in the event.

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Meanwhile, in the theatres themselves, audiences will be able to discover (or rediscover) the latest movies by the Dardenne brothers (The Unknown Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
), Felix Van Groeningen (Belgica [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Artemio Benki, Sylvie Leray
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
film profile
]
), Bouli Lanners (The First, The Last [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bouli Lanners
film profile
]
), Nic Balthazar (Everybody Happy [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Joachim Lafosse (The White Knights [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
, After Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
), Erik Van Looy (De Premier [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) and Geoffrey Enthoven (Brother [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), besides attending an impressive number of premiere screenings. Indeed, the festival will open with a showing of Don't Tell Her [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Solange Cicurel, an ensemble romantic comedy starring a stellar French-Belgian cast, produced by Entre Chien et Loup. The other Brussels-region premieres include two feature debuts revealed at the Namur Film Festival, Jean-Philippe Martin's Sonar [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean-Philippe Martin
film profile
]
and Laurent Micheli's Even Lovers Get the Blues [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, as well as Je suis resté dans les bois [+see also:
trailer
interview: Vincent Solheid, Erika Sain…
film profile
]
by Michaël Bier, Erika Sainte and Vincent Solheid, De Figurant [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Daniel Lambo, and the documentary Le Plaisir du Désordre [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Christian Rouaud.

The Be Film Festival will also offer the general public the chance to enjoy the 16 short films shortlisted for the seventh edition of the Magritte Awards for Cinema (set to take place on 4 February) on the big screen. What better reason to visit Bozar and the Cinematek from 22-30 December?

(Translated from French)

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