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Belgian fest takes shape

'Months,' 'Other,' 'Lili' to unspool at event

BRUSSELS — Next month’s 18th Namur Intl. Festival of French-Speaking Film has unveiled the first few films selected to be shown.

They will include Moroccan helmer Faouzi Bensaïdi’s pic “Mille mois” (A Thousand Months), Belgian helmer Benoît Mariage’s “L’autre” (The Other), and veteran French helmer Claude Miller’s “La petite Lili,” an adaptation of Chekhov’s play “The Seagull.”

Bensaïdi’s pic scooped the Prix de la jeunesse and Un Certain Regard prizes at Cannes this year.

Other pix include “Le silence de la forêt” (The Silence of the Forest), directed by Bassek Ba Kobhio and Didier Ouénangaré, and “20h17, rue Darling” (8:17 p.m. Darling Street), directed by Bernard Emond.

Emond’s “La femme qui boit” (The Woman Who Drinks), was nominated for a gong at Namur in 2001.

Fest will also showcase African cinema, with pix selected by the African Guild of Directors and Producers.

Helmer Andrzej Zulawski will preside over the jury. Total prize money is €48,000 ($54,590).