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Belgian THIRSTday | 06/01/2017


 

The June edition will take place at the new Terrapin Taproom at The Battery Atlanta, adjacent to SunTrust Park {and no, the Braves won’t be playing!]. This combination restaurant, bar and brewery is already a popular destination.  The menu features Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q favorites, including smoked brisket, pork and chicken!  Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab, located next to the restaurant and bar, is home to a five-barrel pilot brewery.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday June 1st, 2017 from 7 pm
  • Where: 755 Battery Avenue S.E., Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30339 |  404-494-1202 [located outside the right field gate entrance]
  • Parking: Red parking (Hyundai) is free for 4 hours.  Take entrance on Circle 74 Parkway and go to red parking.  From there, a short walk to the  restaurant area.
  • Curtesy RSVP is kindly requested

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.

 

Belgian honored by Pieter De Crem


Yesterday evening during the re-launch reception of Delta’s non-stop services to Brussels, our compatriot Anton Mertens, an Immigration Partner at Burr & Forman LLP and President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South, has received from the hands of Mr. Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, former Minister of Defense of Belgium, the prestigious Knight’s Cross of officer in the Order of Leopold signed King Philippe, King of the Belgians.  A well deserved medal for 20 years of services to our country.

The Order of Leopold (Leopoldsorde, Ordre de Léopold) is one of the three current Belgian national honorary orders of knighthood and is awarded by royal decree.

Congratulations Anton!  We are so proud of you!

 

 

Luncheon with Pieter De Crem | 3/23/2017


Join this luncheon, sponsored by the Consulate General of Belgium, with The Honorable Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, former Minister of Defense of Belgium on Thursday March 23rd at the Atlanta Metro Chamber.  Mr. De Crem is visiting our city to celebrate the resuming of the direct flight between Atlanta and Brussels [first flight on Saturday March 25th].

Mr. De Crem will discuss  ‘In the heart of Europe: Belgium, the EU and the transatlantic relationship in challenging times‘ with particular attention to:

  • Trans-Atlantic and bilateral economic relations
  • Business opportunities in Belgium
  • Current situation in Europe and future outlook

Logistics

  • When : Thursday March 23rd, 2017 from 11.45 am to 1.30 pm
  • Where: Metro Atlanta Chamber | 191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3400, Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Admission: free
  • RSVP: by March 21st to Sarah Saxner
  • Public Transport: 191 Peachtree Tower is located at the Peachtree Center MARTA station
  • Parking:
    • Metro Atlanta Chamber: 191 Peachtree Tower Parking Garage
    • International Garage: 192 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Central Parking System: 218 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Self Park: 221 Peachtree Center Ave, Atlanta, GA 30303
    • Peachtree Center Garage: 161 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

beATL goes to the movie – Fanny’s Journey | 2/5/2017


A French-Belgian co-production largely shot in Belgium. With Belgian actor Stéphane DE GROODT as Jean, who said about his role in the movie: ‘This is the first time I’ve done a period film and the more I continue in this business, the more I want to erase our friend Stéphane de Groodt, who I know well, in favor of characters who are damaged, tortured, hidden and complex.‘ Bruno MULLENAERTS is police chief… and we have a brochette of Belgian kids: Igor VAN DESSEL student at Lycee Martin V in Louvain-La-Neuve as Maurice, Lou LAMBRECHT as Rachel and Fantine HARDUIN, as Erika, from Mouscron…
 
About the Film – Based on Fanny Ben-Ami’s autobiographical novel, Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.
 
Logistics

Belgian THIRSTday | 2/2/2017


Join us around the bar of the Yard House Atlanta in Atlantic Station.  Hungry souls will surely find a bite to calm their noisy stomachs and beer-fans will face a fantastic choice of 130-250 taps of imported, craft and specialty ales and lagers.

Yard House Atlanta is very easy to reach with many parking options.   Everybody is welcome and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks.

Logistics

  • When – Thursday February 2nd, 2017
  • Time –  from 7 pm
  • Address -261 19th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, at the corner of Atlantic Drive | (404) 815-8990
  • Parking – valet parking ($7 for 0-4 hours), Atlantic Station underground parking (first 2 hours are free – go to red number 1 pedestrian exit), off street parking (max 2 hours – pay at meter).
  • a RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated.

Belgian Thirsdays by Mariska Kalmeijer

Quintuple Taz


Sit down because you will feel terribly exhausted by the end of this article!

Some of you may know Johan ‘Taz’ Desmet, a super lean 49-year old Gentenaar, living in Cumming with his wife Helene and multi-trophies-holder Stella, their German pointer.  They have a simple, cozy and discreet life, spending a lot of time outdoors.  So far so good, right?  What differentiates Taz from all of us is probably is ironclad determination.  Only a few days ago, at the bucolic Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania, VA, our compatriot succeeded to be the only Belgian in the whole world to finish the Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon more than 24 hours before the cut off time.  I guess I lost you … Keep reading because his exploit is pretty exceptional!

The Quintuple Anvil Ultra Triathlon is an ultimate endurance event, over the course of 5 days, comprising 3 disciplines in direct consecutive order:

  • 12 mile (19 km) swim
  • 560 mile (900 km) bike
  • 131 mile (211 km) run

The total distance equals five (5) back-to-back Ironmans [3.86 km (2.40 mi) | 180.25 km 112 mi) | 42.2 km (26.2)]…. Just saying.

So how does it work?  Within 5 days, the triathlete must digest 703 miles (1130 km) starting with the swimming part at 7 am on the Monday morning and crossing the finish line no later than the Saturday at 7 pm.  Nevertheless to say that our friend Taz had an amazing performance by completing the event in 107 hours and 19 minutes (translate it as 4 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes), with only 12 scattered hours of sleep… He finished second but is the first Belgian ever to accomplish such feat…

Taz is no stranger to competing in multiday endurance races, having been involved in the endurance scene for some time:

  • 2016/15: Florida Double Anvil (finish 6th place in 2015)
  • 2015:  Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2014: Oregon Double Anvil (finish 3rd place)
  • 2013: Virginia Triple Anvil (finish 2nd place)
  • 2013 Pinhoti 100 Mile Ultra Run
  • 2013 Vineman 140.6
  • 2012 TACA 126.2 Miler
  • 2012: Virginia Double Iron (finish 7th place)
  • 2012/11: Pinhoti 100 Miler
  • 2011 Guts Reactor Run 100 Miler
  • 2011: IM Louiseville
  • 2008-2011: 35 ultra runs, 3 Iron, numerous 50 & 100 milers, 13 marathons …

Inspired?  Start your 20-25 hours weekly all-year-round training [after a visit to your physician]!  And don’t forget to congratulate Taz for his extraordinary performance and result!

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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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