If you live in Brussels and haven’t heard that the world premier of the new Tintin movie is taking place this weekend, you might be living under a rock. Everybody seems to be talking about the animated film entitled “The Adventures of Tintin – The Secret of the Unicorn”, which Le Figaro Magazine in France has called “the most anticipated movie of 2011.” Steven Spielberg, who directed the film, is coming to Brussels himself for the festivities on Saturday. Local and international media is a buzz.
The Adventures of Tintin is a series of classic comic books created by the Belgian artist Georges Rémi, who wrote under the pen name of Hergé, and one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. All Belgians have grown up with Tintin and there are signs of the beloved cartoon all over the city, including a huge mural at the Stockel metro station. So it is only fitting that the movie opens in Tintin’s hometown. For all things Tintin go here.
In addition to the premier, taking place at UGC De Brouckère on 22 October, there are a number of other events happening around the city in honor of the film. On Saturday starting at 11am, the City of Brussels is organizing a free event at Place de Brouckère, including a parade of old cars from the Tintin albums and an acrobatic show. Head downtown by 1pm to see Spielberg and the stars walk the red carpet.
The Galerie Champaka will host a special exhibition from 14 to 30 October “Milestones of an Oeuvre” which will display original works by Hergé, first editions and other collectors’ items. For even more comic related activities, check out the Brussels-Capital Region tourism site.
The film will be in Belgian cinemas from 26 October 2011.
Images via The Guardian and Galarie Champaka.