The 36th BIFFF increases its focus on genre cinema
by Aurore Engelen
- The Brussels fantastic film festival has promoted genre cinema for over 35 years – a melting pot for creation and reflection
From 3 to 15 April the Brussels International Fantasy, Fantastic, Thriller and Science-Fiction Film Festival (BIFFF) will once again defend genre cinema to the death, a style of cinema that went out of fashion for a while, but which has recently experienced a spectacular return to grace, to the point that the most recent Oscars ceremony celebrated one of the masters of the genre, the director Guillermo Del Toro. Evidence of the global reach of BIFFF? The master himself will be giving a cinema lecture in Brussels, accompanied by his Belgian colleagues Jonas Govaerts and Fabrice du Welz.
For its 36th edition the BIFFF will be premiering some prestigious Belgian films, including Muse [+see also:
film profile] by Jaume Balaguero, I Kill Giants [+see also:
film profile] by Anders Walter (produced by Chris Colombus), two Belgian co-productions, produced by Frakas and Umedia respectively. Opening the festival is a film by one of the leading directors of French cinema, Pascal Laugier, with the Belgian premiere of his new film, Ghostland [+see also:
film profile], starring Mylène Farmer.
The festival will be hosting numerous competitions, including the 7th edition of the Parallèle competition, which includes 10 films, six of which are European productions. The European Competition – with the Méliès d'Argent up for grabs, which will allow the winner to compete for the Méliès d'Or – consists of 12 films, including the exclusive screenings of two Belgian films: The Most Assasinated Woman in the World [+see also:
interview: Franck Ribière
film profile] by Franck Ribière (the first joint Netflix production "made in Belgium"), and Painkillers by Roxy Shih (a Belgian film "made in America"). 11 films will be taking part in the International Competition. And, despite it being (very) largely dominated by Asian productions this year, there is also a Scandinavian film in the running, Man Divided [+see also:
film profile] by Max Kestner, a co-production between Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
The BIFFF will also be renewing the BIF Market for the second year running – the first European genre market of its kind.
(Translated from French)
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