From workshop films to pioneering documentaries (seven French, UK and US films from the 1930s), the impressive line-up of over 100 titles will not fail to delight the festival’s audiences, who are sometimes discerning, often curious and passionate about uncompromising films.
The 2008 selection will focus in particular on the increasingly fine line between documentary and fiction, where the imaginary seeps into the real, and vice-versa. The section entitled “L’Appel de la fiction” (“The Call of fiction”) – which features work by legendary, militant filmmaker Robert Kramer – will look at this theme.
Increasingly open to world cinema – in particular in the now traditional “Cinéma(s) d’Afrique(s)” (“African Film”) section – the festival also gives pride of place to domestic films. The Belgian Competition will screen 12 recent titles by both established directors and new talents.
Also vying for honours are 14 debut works from across the world, including Finnish, Cambodian, German and Cuban titles. European films include Marie Hendriks’ Milseweg 2 (Holland), Nuria Gomez Garrido’s Nadia, Nadie (“Nadia, Nobody”, Germany), Iris Olsson’s Summerchild (Finland) and Natasa Von Kopp’s Worldstar (Germany/Czech Republic).
The International Debut Film Competition also features seven Belgian titles, including Sonia Pastecchia’s Campo Santo (“Sacred Field”, winner of a SCAM Star Award) and Nicolas Rincón Gille’s Those Waiting in the Dark, which has already been presented at numerous festivals.
The week-long festival will close on November 30 at the Film Museum.
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