As a special guest, Parker will open the festival on June 6, and will give a lecture on film and a masterclass on the following day. He will also present “The Commitments,” his 1991 comedy-drama, while his full work – comprising 14 films — will screen at the festival’s Cinematek.
A screenwriter, helmer, composer and producer, Parker has directed many cult films that have shaped American popular culture. Some of his most famed pics include “Bugsy Malone” with Jodie Foster, Oliver Stone-penned “Midnight Express,” winner of two Oscars and four Golden Globes, the cult musical “Fame,” which won two Oscars, and the Gene Hackman-starrer “Mississippi Burning.” His last film, “The Life of David Gale” is a thriller starring Kevin Spacey as a prominent activist against the capital punishment who gets framed for a murder and finds himself on Death Row in Texas.
“For several years now, the Brussels Film Festival pays special attention in its program to music, with our ’cine-concerts’ and meetings devoted to music in cinema. So it is with great joy that the festival may welcome this filmmaker, who successfully connects music and cinema,” stated the festival.
Brussels fest will take place June 6-14.