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watch Cannes Film Festival films via streaming


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.

 

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Belgian trumpetist performs | 3/25/2017


Come and listen to our compatriot Jacques Minjauw, member of the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra,  play in the concert ‘Beyond Impressionism: Debussy & Vaughan Williams‘.  This concert is in collaboration with The Michael O’Neal Singers will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 7.30 pm at Lassiter High School.
You will hear impressionistic choral masterworks including Debussy’s lavish Nocturnes and Vaughan Williams’ ethereal Dona Nobis Pacem. Maestros Morrison and O’Neal share the podium to conduct 150 singers and 75 orchestra musicians.
Jacques Minjauw studied trumpet, music theory, history and transposition at the Royal Music Conservatory in Ghent, Belgium. After graduating in 1975, he was teaching music education for several years and performing with a band in Western Europe until he moved to Atlanta in 1978. In 1981 he enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University where he played in the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. He studied trumpet with John Head (principal trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the time) and took conducting classes from Dr. Steven Winick. Since graduating from GSU with a Bachelor in Music in 1983, Jacques has enjoyed performing across the South-East with several bands, ensembles and orchestras.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lassiter High School @ Lassiter Concert Hall | 2601 Shallowford Rd. Marietta, Georgia 30066
  • Admission: $25 Adult | $15 Senior | $10 Student or $27/$17/$12 at the door

Dutch movies, Belgian actors | 1/24-2/15/2017


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.

Belgian movie in Rome, GA | 9/16/2016


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!

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Church Cantatas – 11/8/2015


One of our own, Soprano Francisca Vanherle Maxwell [see previous post], will be performing on Sunday November 8, 2015, at 4pm in the Julia Thompson Smith Chapel at Agnes Scott College in Decatur.  You are cordially invited to Church Cantatas by Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767) performed by the ensemble Philo Melante**, directed … by Francisca’s own sister: Sofie Vanherle, visiting from Brussels!  Aaron Cain, baritone, will be the other voice.

Sofie studied at the Flemish and French Conservatoires in Brussels where she obtained First Prize diplomas for seven subjects, including piano , music history, and practical harmony.   Since 2012, she is also an active researcher for “Trobador”, a research commission of the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels. The subject of her research is a collection of 150 manuscripts of sacred cantatas by G.P. Telemann that are held in the Library of the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels.
This research project called for the establishment of an ensemble that could concentrate fully on this repertoire, which led to the founding of “PhiloMelante” in October 2013.  Its main purpose is to put the results of the research project into practise, and share it with a broad international audience.

Details

  • When – Sunday November 8, 2015 at 4 pm
  • Where – Agnes Scott College | Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, 141 E. College Drive, Decatur GA 30030
  • Free Admission ~ voluntary contributions for the musicians will be encouraged

** Melante is an anagram of Telemann

Stromae – c’était formidable


Formidable resumes perfectly Stromae’s performance last night at the Buckhead Theatre.  Our national maestro was in a superb shape, totally connected with his audience,  respectuous of his team … As a rap/hip-hop version of a modern Jacques Brel with powerful songs based on personal experiences and realities of life, he blew us away.  Our compatriot is not just a singer, a musician and a composer but a true entertainer.  Inoubliable.

Shortly after being advertised, the concert was sold out with, as usual, a few tickets circulating on the black market at high price. We were all relieved to see it go through since the cancellation of Stormae’s previous concerts was alarming. His youngest fans were already queueing since mid afternoon and beATLe Mathilde was among the lucky ones to intercept Stromae for a selfie.

While all of his songs were sung in French, Stromae showed multilingual talents.  He interacted with his public in English including French and even a few words in Spanish.  This language-switch was masterly handled and was no bother. Simply said: he was understood.

Our star was accompanied by four musicians soberly dressed with bowler hats and bow ties.   The stage was relatively simple but the background was a projection of animated visuals and shadows were playing a huge role.

Starting his concert dressed in black and white with his cardigan and bow tie, Mr. Paul changed outfits a few times during his show.  Nothing extravagant.  Simplicity being his forte.

Danse , t’inquiète pas tu vas danser…  And we did.  Starting his show with ‘Ta fête’, he immediately set the pace for a fabulous night.  ‘Bâtard’ was nextje suis, j’étais et resterai moi…. followed by ‘Peace Or Violence’ forming a V with his longitudinal fingers.

As expected, he built up some suspense with his four Chapters each time interrupted by a retentissant TINTIN from his fans… Sitting at a corner of the stage, Chapter I gave him the chance to wipe the sweat off his face. During Chapter II we saw him put on pink lipstick and jewelry before starting the next Chapter during which he put on a pink and black jacket. Chapter IV was the performance itself: ‘Tous les mêmes’… rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous sûrement aux prochaines règles… with dance moves demonstrating both feminine and masculine demeanors.

Many times he interrupted his show to refresh his face and at a certain moment, shuffling with his earpieces, he candidly stated ‘I am sweating inside my ears‘ …

We were thrilled to listen to ‘Quand c’est ?‘, his new but somber song [the clip was released on 9/14] dealing with the hardships of cancer.  Stromae’s choreography, made of contorsions to get away from the disease’s shadowy reach, was gripping.

‘Papaoutai’ was frantically requested and Stromae, dressed in his summery blue and yellow outfit, as rigid as a a figure from Madame Tussaud, was carried onto the stage, by his musicians.  They put him in standing position until he jumped back to life to perform insane moves.

Te quiero,  Ave Cesaria,  Formidable,  Carmen,  Humain à l’eau (Leçon n°23),  Alors on danse were all included in his repertory.  However, the evening was not all about singing … As a proud Belgian, he talked about the burger he ate but more importantly what was on the side: the fries, the Belgian fries.  He also claimed the croissants to be Belgian and he was loudly applauded when he stated that even France comes from Belgium!  But trèves de plaisanteries, de vannes pourries and he went on with Paulo qui aime les moules frites, sans frites et sans mayo.

At the end, a big merci appeared on the screen behind Stromae who thanked not only his public but everyone involved with his show, from his muscians to the security guards…. A real gentleman, appreciative of all. He had some humoristic gestures when, surrounded by his musicians, he tried to put an end to the concert imitating the flight attendants presenting the emergency exits.

The excited crowd insisted for une autre … Suddenly a microphone magically appeared.  He ‘chuuuut’ the public and in perfect synchronization with his four musicians transformed into chorists, Stromae performed an astonishing a cappella version of Tous Les Mêmes.  With powerful snaps of their fingers as only instrumental accompaniment the act was absolutely divine.

Loin d’être minable, tu étais formidable, Stromae!

I compiled a few clips from last night that you can watch here but it last slightly over 10 minutes.

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celles d’en haut – 09/11/2015


Nothing to think about!  The play Celles d’en haut (Women on top) directed by our Belgian compatriot Olivier Coyette, opens on Friday night – September 11th at 8 pm and will be followed by a Belgian Beer After Party sponsored by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium in Atlanta, hosted by Genevieve Verbeek, Consul General of Belgium, along with Georges Hoffmann, Honorary Consul General of Luxembourg.

Inspired by sources as varied as Dante’s Inferno, Mann’s The Magic Mountain and film stills by Cindy Sherman, this new play from lauded Quebecois playwright Olivier Kemeid is set in a ’50s establishment, set apart on an isolated mountaintop. Both perceptive and hilarious, the play celebrates women of all ages and the dynamics of their relationships with each other and the world around them.
In collaboration with artists from Brussels, Montreal, Atlanta and Chicago, Théâtre du Rêve and 7 Stages present this powerful work in both English and French.  
Logistics
Logistics
  • When – September 10 (Preview in French) – September 20, 2015 at 8 pm (check other times for Sundays)
  • Tickets – available for both French and English performances!  Our Consulate General generously offers 8 tickets first come, first served for the performance on 9/11… Contact Marie-Hélène.
  • Where – 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307
  • Parking – Located in a secure, well-lit, privately run lot behind 7 Stages. The entrance to the lot is located between Ardens Garden Juice Shop and Outback Bicycles. Park-It charges a flat fee of $2 – $7 for a full day of parking, depending on the day. Also metered street parking and free street parking.
  • Kids ages 12 and up welcome.

Stromae te voila – 9/14/2015


Stromae’s concert is next … Sold out in a short time, we are all excited to see our National Star, Paul Van Haver aka Stromae, perform at the Buckhead Theatre on Sept 14th.  Remember that the doors open at 6.30 pm and it is first come first ‘placed’.  It is a stand-up concert, except for a few balcony seats (first come, first ‘seated’).  We expect the line to be long (about 1,500 fans) and queueing will start early.  Wear your Belgian colors to show your support!  See you there for a memorable event!

To warm you up, BACoS is having a pre-concert get-togheter at Fado Irish Pub (273 Buckehad Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30305) starting at 5.30 pm.  Register here.

Concert details

  • When: Monday September 14th, 2015 – concert starts at 7.30 pm
  • Where: Buckhead Theatre | 3110 Roswell Rd,  Atlanta,  GA  30305
  • Parking: Parking lots are available adjacent to and behind the theatre. Prices range from $5 – $15. There is also limited street parking available.
  • General Rules: NO cameras, recording devices, bottles, cans, etc. and no crowd surfing

 

Atlanta Film Festival Belgium included


The famous Atlanta Film Festival will be held March 20-29, 2015. Started in 1976 and occurring every Spring, this Academy Award qualifying, international film festival shows a diverse range of independent films, including genre films such as horror and sci-fi.  Now get excited because during its 39th edition, two Belgian productions will be presented.

Filmed primarily at the University Hospital in Ghent, “Trans” follows various transgender men as they undergo medical treatment to complete their transition from female to male. The 42-minute documentary directed by Nathalie Cools pairs an profound interview with a transman who has successfuly transitioned with informative discussions from medical professions. Educational, personal, and revealing, the film highlights a community and its struggles few may know.

Details:  Saturday, March 21, 2015, 11:15 am — The Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Theatre (the oldest continously operating cinema in the city, since 1939).


Jennah, directed by Meryem Benm’Barek.  The short film “Jennah,” is a testament to womanhood as it chronicles the main character, Jennah’s (Tiziana Stordeur from Liege), transitions from a girl into a young woman. Living in an apartment with only her mother to model herself after, Jennah is caught between following in her mother’s footsteps and looking for a father figure. What she ultimately finds is that the bond between mother and daughter always prevails.

Meryem is a recent master’s graduate from the “Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion (INSAS)” in Brussels and her Jennah won the the 2014 RIIFF ( Rhode Island International Film Festival) Grand Prize for the best short film.

Details:  Jennah will be shown Saturday, March 28, 2015, 12 pm  at The Plaza Theatre, Main Theatre, as part of NEW MAVERICKS, a series of narrative short films all featuring a strong, female lead seen through the lens of a female filmmaker.  It looks like Jennah will be on the screen at 6 pm.  Please verify this info.

bored? … not with beATL


Think twice if you think there is nothing to do for the Belgians (and Belgophiles) in and around Atlanta!   Just look at the amount of blog posts published, and the coming events listed below (and it’s not even mid March)!

So here is what’s cooking … (put those dates in your calendar!):

  1. A repeat THIRSTday … Since beATL’s favorite local band Atlanta Boogie would love to have a Belgian-style audience, we will oblige.  Join us for another bowling (or not) evening at The Painted Pin on Thursday March 12th at 8 pm.
  2. This gives you sufficient notice: our fabulous dance pop singer-writer STROMAE will be in concert in Atlanta on Monday September 14th (Doors @ 6:30 pm/ Show @ 7:30 pm) at Buckhead Theater.  Tickets for the East Coast leg of Stromae’s tour will go on sale 10 am PT on Saturday, March 14th via his Facebook page or via the Theater.
  3. On March 19th, 2 events have been scheduled: one musical, one business-related.   Click on each link for more info.
  4. The Belgian Ladies Spring Luncheon has been scheduled for March 26th.  Ladies, a RSVP-invite should have reached your inbox.
  5. Atlanta Film Festival will be held March 20-29, 2015 and two Belgian productions (Trans and Jennah) will be on show.  Details on blog that will be posted on 03/16.
  6. Our Master Brewer Joran will share his experience(s) on April 9th at Three Taverns Brewery.  Blog post is scheduled to be published on 03/25.
  7. A kids-oriented Easter Egg Hunt by BCA will be announced soon.
  8. Participate in a HACKATHON to Hack Epilepsy here in Atlanta – or in Brussels – on 24-26th April, 2015. Blog post is scheduled to be published on 03/18.
  9. Hop with beATL on the Atlanta Streetcar on Sunday June 14th!
  10. Be ready to buy your tickets for the ‘Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour‘.Tickets go on sale on July 15th for …  tours in October (2015 ticket sales open to members of Oakland’s Historic Foundation on July 1)!  This is your only chance to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark, and walk amidst the Cemetery’s beautifully lit gardens.  You will play audience to first-hand re-enactments, narrated by a host of Oakland’s eternal “residents,” which bring to life the city’s past.
  11. On Sunday August 9th, beATL takes you to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for another lighting experience: Bruce Muro brings to Atlanta his Light in the Garden’s exhibit featuring unique installations created from hundreds of miles of optic fiber.

Of course, every month we have our Belgian THIRSTdat from 7 pm at a ‘surprise’ location.

Anyone knowing about an upcoming event?  Anybody willing to host/organize and event? Contact Queen beATL!