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.
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.