The 5th Brussels International Film Festival offers a busy program

– After a one-year hiatus and a “lighter” edition, the festival resumes its activities with a full-throttle summer edition

15 ways to kill your neighbor by Santiago Miter

The Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF) finds its usual summer decor on the occasion of its 5th edition, which takes place from June 23 to July 2 in the heart of the Belgian capital. On the program, more than thirty films unseen in Belgium, as well as three competitions, three thematic sections (a focus on French cinema, and in particular its reconquest, a tribute to Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s, and a special selection dedicated to Fanny Ardent), outdoor screenings, workshops and professional meetings.

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Brussels will be very similar to the Croisette as far as the opening and closing films of the festival are concerned, since the Belgian public will be able to see previews of Michel Hazanaviciusfinal cut [+see also:
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and george millerit is Three thousand years of nostalgiawho caused a stir in Cannes.

Eight films will face off in the International Competition, the most memorable of which is the seriously quirky French comedy 15 ways to kill your neighbor by the Argentinian director Santiago Miterfeaturing Melvil Poupaud, Vimala Pons, Louis Garrel and Francoise Lebrun; Icelandic film beautiful beings [+see also:
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by the winner of the Europa Cinemas Prize at the last Berlinale Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson; Spanish-French co-production The beasts [+see also:
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by Spanish Rodrigo Sorogoyanand Dominique Mollthe new thriller The night of 12 [+see also:
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, both from the Cannes Première section; the European co-production presented in Venice, To sleep [+see also:
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by mexico Michael Franco; AEIOU – A little love alphabet [+see also:
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by Germany Nicolette Krebitzand Nana (before, now and then) by Indonesia Kamila Andini, who both participated in the Berlinale; and 1976 by Chile Manuela Martelliselected at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Focus on the week of directors – which was launched in collaboration with the Association of Francophone Directors and which focuses on films made in Europe – six films are expected in this selection: Il Buco [+see also:
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, a mysterious historical drama of the Italians Michelangelo Frammartino who won the jury prize in Venice; Three minutes – one lengthening [+see also:
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by Holland’s Bianca Stigter, a hypnotic documentary discovered on the Lido and based on 16mm archive footage, which takes us to the heart of a Jewish town in Poland in 1938; and another discovered at Sundance, the Hungarian film Soft [+see also:
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by Laszlo Csuja and Anna Eszter Nemeswhich follows the trials and tribulations of a bodybuilding champion. The strange case of Jacky Caillou [+see also:
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, a country tale of Lucas Delangle which was screened in the ACID selection at Cannes in May, is also taking part in the competition, alongside Christos Massalashybrid movie Broadway [+see also:
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, which mixes all genres and had its premiere at IFFR, and Talking about the weather [+see also:
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by Germany Annika Pinskewhich portrays a resolutely modern woman and was discovered at the Berlinale.

Nestled within the National Competition, there are ten films: five documentaries and five fiction films, both Flemish and French-speaking. The most notable of these are Giordano Gederlinithe thriller On the edge and the new film from the documentary maker Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd Interior lines, which sets out to meet those who try to circumvent wars through emergency corridors parallel to the front lines. Rounding out the line-up are Krump by Cedric Bourgeois (Belgium), Dragon Women by Frederique de Montblanc (Belgium/Switzerland/South Korea), A parked life by Peter Triest (Belgium), Talia’s Journey by Christophe Rolin (Belgium/Senegal), Southern by Benjamin Colaux (Belgium), easy tiger by Karel Tuytschaever (Belgium/Netherlands), A bump in the heart by Noah Reutenauer (Belgium/France) and Under control by Manuel Pout (Belgium).

The Chronicles of Love retrospective is the result of a collaboration between BRIFF and the Bologna Cinematheque, which will allow the public to rediscover the masterpieces of Italian cinema from the second half of the 20th century. Italian cinema will remain center stage, thanks to the presence of Fanny Ardant at the festival, through the screening of Ettore Scola’s film The Family. Other films on the agenda include Lola Pater [+see also:
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by Nadir Moknèche and the actress’ latest film The young lovers [+see also:
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by Carine Tardieu.

In addition to these many screenings, which will be further enhanced by Special Screenings, particularly outdoors, the BRIFF also hosts the Brussels co-production market (read our article), a pitching session, pop-up meetings, a gathering dedicated to music, a screenwriters day and, last but not least, a masterclass led by Michael Leclerc who attends the festival to present Tastes and colors.

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(Translated from French)