Since French is one of our three national languages, watching the Cannes Film Festival movies is a good idea, especially since Belgian actors are involved or films have been co-produced by Belgian companies. The 70th festival takes place from 17 til 28 May and you can stream it via Sling Television [only available to viewers in the U.S.], on TV5Monde Channel. For those who don’t know: Sling TV is like Netflix but for live television, no contracts.
The Belgian presence at the festival this year is rather meager but still,
- ‘L’amant double‘, an erotic thriller directed by François Ozon, stars Brussels actor Jérémie Renier as Paul. Among the films partners is a co-production agreement with Belgian outfit Scope Pictures.
- ‘Loveless‘, about a couple locked in a bitter divorce when their 12 year-old son disappears, is from Andrej Zvyagintsev and opens the Palme d’Or competition program on May 18. ‘Les Films du Fleuve‘, a Belgian company created by the famous brothers Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne in 1994, is co-producing the movie.
- The biopic ‘Rodin‘ from Jacques Doillon with Belgian actress Séverine Caneele. Rodin is being co-produced Belgian outfit Artémis Productions
- ‘The rider‘, from LA-based Caviar, an award-winning entertainment company founded in Belgium in 2006, is selected for the Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs.
- The 12-year old Fantine Harduin [from Mouscron/Moeskroen] is Eve Laurent in ‘Happy end‘, a drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop, from Michael Haneke.
- And there is also a Belgian documentary ‘La belge histoire du Festival de Cannes‘ from Henri de Gerlache.