Brussels Film Festival

The Brussels calendar is full of film festivals. We’ve already had the Offscreen Film Festival, the Brussels Short Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival this year and now it’s time for the main event – the Brussels Film Festival.

The 10th edition of the Brussels Film Festival starts tomorrow, 8 June, and runs until 16 June at Flagey and Bozar. The focus of the festival is the Official Competition, which will select the best film from among 12 European nominations. Looking through the selection, I spotted several interesting looking films, in particular Death for Sale that tells the story of friendship and crime in the Moroccan port city Tetouan.

The program features a number of other films and events, including the Preview selection with movies from around the globe. One of the best in this category has to be the latest film from Wood Allen, To Rome with Love, starring Penélope Cruz, Roberto Benigni, Ellen Page, Woody Allen, Jesse Eisenberg and one of my favorites Alec Baldwin.

The Panorama selection will present new European productions, such as the Swiss film Manipulation, a spy thriller set in the 1950s Cold War era.

The Festival will open with a special showing tomorrow night of Quand Je Serai Petit with the director Jean-Paul Rouve. Then on Saturday, 9 June, Flagey will host a 10th anniversary party as of 7pm. For €10, you can enjoy 4 films, a concert with group Chromatics and an all-night party with DJs.

Other events include four free open-air screenings and two film concerts at Place Sainte-Croix (in front of the Flagey building), a showing of music documentaries, a short film competition and special sessions and master-classes for professionals. The whole Festival wraps up with a closing event on 16 June and screening of Trishna.  

Be sure to check out the full schedule here and buy tickets in advance online here or at the Flagey ticketing shop. Tickets for most films are €7.50 (reduced rates available for students and seniors) and €10 for the special evenings. You can buy a pass for 5 films for €25.

The Festival has a great line up of unique films from around Europe and the world, so it’s definitely a good way to spend an evening, especially with the not-so-great weather we’re having these days!

Image via Brussels Film Festival.

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