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.
Belgium is the big mama of numerous famous cartoon characters… And the Smurfs, perhaps because there are so many of them , have been our fabulous friends since childhood [for those born after 1958]. Each of us has, at least, one favorite little blue creature. So smurf your support on April 7th when the three-apples tall guys invade the American screens! Parade your proudness and let your heart melt. Les Schtroumpfs | de Smurfen are part of our heritage so don’t hesitate to smurf it in your friends and neighbors’ face!
Synopsis of The Smurfs: The Lost Village – Best friends Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that’s filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel to find a mysterious village.
The Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta takes part in the Atlanta Francophonie Festival with a screening of “Tous les chats sont gris” for Belgian Movie Night on Tuesday March 21st, 2017. The screening will be followed by a Belgian-themed reception.
- When: Tuesday March 21st, 2017 @ 7 pm
- Where: Alliance Française | 1197 Peachtree Street NE, #561, Colony Square, Mezzanine Level, Atlanta, GA 30361
- Parking: free parking upon validation underneath the building
- Free entrance upon registration.
The 2017 AJFF – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival – will be showing two Dutch films at several locations in Atlanta: Moos, a romantic comedy directed by Job Gosschalk [first screening onWednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 11.45 am at GTC Merchants Walk] and Riphagen: the Untouchable – Wartime Thriller [first screening on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at GTC @ 7.40 pm Merchants Walk].
But Belgium is represented in three movies …
- Beyond the Mountains and Hills nominated for six Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and the Un Certain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival – directed by Eran Kolirin | First screening on Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 7.40 pm at GTC Merchants Walk.
- Dirty Wolves with Thomas Coumans, a Belgian actor who graduated from the Higher National Institute of Performing Arts in Brussels and Sam Louwyck, actor and signer born in Brugge | first screening on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 12.10 pm at UA Tara Cinemas.
- and based on a true story: Fanny’s Journey. Fanny’s Journey is a 2016 French-Belgian children’s war drama film co-written and directed by Lola Doillon. The film is inspired by an autobiographical book by Fanny Ben Ami, with Stéphane De Groodt, Belgian actor, César-winning actress Cécile de France and Léonie Souchaud, 13-year old French actress living in Brussels | First screening on Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 1.45 pm at Regal Perimeter Pointe.
If you are a fan of Emma Thompson, ‘Alone in Berlin‘ is the movie to watch and it will featured as the Opening Night event on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Here is the complete film line up and films will be shown at those venues:
Tickets will be going on sale from tomorrow (Jan 18th) and will go fast.
The world’s first online French film festival will be back from January 19 through February 19, 2018. Check their movies available in 10 different languages across different platforms accessible around the globe.
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This year’s Belgian Selection:
- ‘Préjudice‘ (2015) – During a long-awaited family soirée Cedric challenges his relatives why they keep him from his journey. It is a drama film directed by Antoine Cuypers and co-written by Cuypers with Antoine Wauters. The film is an international co-production between Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. And you will discover our artist Arno, playing alongside Nathalie Baye.
- ‘La rentrée des classes‘ (2016) – an animated Belgian short film with our fabulous Benoît Poelvoorde giving his voice to Steven.
- ‘Un grand silence‘ (2016) – country: Belgium
- ‘The Plumber‘ (2016) – a short movie by Belgian co-director Xavier Seron. Tom Audenaert, a Flemish actor, stands in for a dubbing friend at a moment’s notice. Usually, Tom does voice work for characters in animated films. Today, he finds himself in the studio for a pornographic film in French. Catherine Salée – another Belgian actor, an experienced actress, will be his partner. Tom will play the Plumber. Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Philippe Grand’Henry, François Ebouele are additional ‘faces’ to be seen in the movie.
Here is the complete film selection.
Dilemma… the movie Elle is coming to Atlanta… Isabelle Huppert is French, Paul Verhoeven is Dutch… and Belgium is squeezed in between… it is close enough to be a good enough excuse for a movie night. Join us on Tuesday 1/17 for the 7 pm screening.
The combo Huppert-Verhoeven can only result in a explosive and controversial topic. Not for sensitive souls…
After the movie, some may go to the nearby cafes/restaurants to grab a bite or a drink…
- When – Tuesday January 17th, 2017 @ 7 pm
- Where – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema | 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308 | in the Midtown Promenade Center
- Parking & Directions: ample free within the Midtown Promenade Center
- The nearest MARTA train station is the Midtown Station (on the RED and GOLD lines), located on 10th Street 1.5 miles from the theater. From there, both the #36 and the #99 MARTA buses stop near the Midtown Promenade which is located at the intersection of 8th Street and Monroe Drive
- Tickets – Best to purchase your tickets in advance.
Belgian movie – What Jacques Saw – Jacques a vu [Xavier Diskeuve | 90 minutes] in premiere at the 13th annual Rome International Film Festival on Friday September 16th at 7pm at DeSoto Theater in Rome, GA [530 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161].
The 13th annual Rome International Film Festival takes play September 15-18, 2016 at Rome’s Historic DeSoto Theatre.
Narrative: In their momentum for a neo-rural life in the Belgian Ardennes countryside, Brice and Lara soon have to face the imminent construction of a holiday resort nearby. A true race against time then starts for the young couple and revolves around Brice’s quirky cousin Jacques, a native from the village, prone to mystical visions that will eventually lead them all to the Vatican!
The Annual Francophonie Festival Atlanta will present the Belgian Movie “Les Rayures du Zèbre” [Scouting For Zebras – released in Belgium 2014] by director-writer Benoît Mariage with Belgian actors Benoît Poelvoorde [José Stockman], Marc Zinga [Yaya Koné] who won the Magritte du meilleur espoir masculin 2015 and Tom Audenaert [Koen] at the Alliance Française on March 15th, at 7 pm. It’s free but you must register. See Logistics below for details.
Synopsis: Tackling a touchy subject with dark humor and complex underlying morals, the film details the shrewd maneuverings of José, a Belgian soccer expert specializing in scouting Third World talents, bringing them to Europe and making them stars. José thinks he has found an amazing player in the Ivory Coast. When the rookie’s tryout goes poorly, both men rethink their assumptions about the game… Check the intro with our dear actor Benoit Poelvoorde (attention language châtié).
The screening will be followed by a Belgian themed reception from 8.30 to 9.30 pm.
Atlanta’s Francophonie Festival is organized by the Atlanta Francophonie Committee, a multi-cultural collaboration between represented by the Consulates of Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti and Switzerland, the Québec Delegation in Atlanta,the American Association of Teachers of French, the Alliance Française of Atlanta, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta-Accueil and Ecole du Samedi.
Other French-language events
are organized throughout March.
- When – 15 March, 2015 at 7 pm. You must register.
- Where – Alliance Française | Colony Square, Plaza level | 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30361 | Tel: 404-875-1211 | Directions.
- Parking – parking is underneath the building. Once inside Colony Square, take the escalator up to the very top (Plaza Level). Alliance Française is located directly above Moe’s Grill. Bring your parking stub to validate for FREE parking.
- The movie – I imagine it’s clear for all … the film will be in French with English subtitles … Dramedy ‧ 80 minutes | Rating: PG13 – some coarse language and might be shocking to those sensitive to racial discrimination … The movie has been filmed in Belgium and Ivory Coast.
Belgian actors are doing well … We are again the recipient of a movie with Belgian presence. This time the young Pauline Burlet (from Mons), as Lily Mariani, and Eric Godon (from Baudour) as Zamoa’s attorney, will shine in The Connection (La French).
Join the beATLcinefans on Tuesday June 23rd at 7.30 pm at Midtown Art Cinema (931 Monroe Drive, in the Midtown Promenade Center, Atlanta, GA, 30308).