Film buffs, mark your calendars. The 11th annual Brussels Film Festival will be hitting Place Flagey from June 19th-26th and you’re all invited. We even have 5 pairs of tickets to give away, so read on for a chance to win.
The Brussels Film Festival (BRFF) is a celebration of films, including documentaries, shorts and feature-length movies, from around the world.
The emphasis is on new work, with a few old favourites thrown in for good measure.
The festival takes place in the iconic Flagey building and, good weather permitting, outside in the square itself.
In addition to film screenings, the BRFF plays host to professionals in the film industry for a series of meetings and workshops. This year’s special guest is French film director, Bertrand Tavernier, who will be on hand throughout the festival and host two masterclasses, present a special screening of La Princesse de Montpensier, and launch a retrospective of his films.
Another special guest, attending the closing night on June 26th, will be British actress Charlotte Rampling. Along with her son, director Barnaby Southcombe, she will present her film, I, Anna, a noir thriller.
But the Brussels Film Festival isn’t just about the screen. For the past several years, music has been an integral part of the line-up. This year, the BRFF will be part of La Fête de la Musique, on June 21st, and host a series of concerts in Place Flagey.
BRFF will also screen music documentaries, such as a film about Pussy Riot, the Russian punk-rock collective, whose jail sentence has been making media headlines since early last year. On the lighter side, German electro-rock artist Peaches, debuts as a filmmaker, in Peaches Does Herself.
Lovers of dance will enjoy Tango Libre, an exploration of love and freedom through tango, by Belgian filmmaker Frédéric Fonteyne.
For those who are interested in the European film-scene, here are three more films, on offer at the Brussels Film Festival this year:
Road North (Tie Pohjoiseen) – by Mika Kaurismäki (Finland). Road North is a road movie that focuses on the complexity of the father-and-son relationship with dark humour, lucidity, and tenderness. Road North became number one in the Finnish box office only a few days after its release.
Shell – by Scott Graham (Great-Britain). Shell lives with her emotionally distant father in the Scottish Highlands. He is a mechanic but in winter, there is hardly any car that passes by the dilapidated petrol station. Shell shows the consequences of isolation and shakes social taboos.
The Best Offer (La migliore offerta) – by Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy). The famous Italian filmmaker is back with a film that explores the life of a famous art expert who receives a call from a mystery woman to evaluate her paintings. The Best Offer enjoys an international cast: Geoffrey Rush, Sylvia Hoeks, Donald Sutherland, and Jim Sturgess.
For a full listing of this year’s Brussels Film Festival screenings, visit the BRFF website.
CONTEST – As promised in the intro, we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away: 2 for the film Ginger and Rosa, by Sally Potter and 3 for Shell, by Scott Graham. All you have to do is leave a comment below and let us know what film you are most interested in seeing at the BRFF this year. We will choose 5 winners by random number selection. Be sure to provide a valid email address as we will be contacting the winners by email on the 17th of June. Good Luck!
[All photos provided by the Brussels Film Festival]