Brussels Film Fest kicks off on April 25

Euro event under new management

BRUSSELS — Tickets went on sale Monday for the Brussels European Film Festival, which runs from April 25 through May 3.

The management is in new hands this year, and the guest list has not yet been confirmed. Big names who have attended in the past include Dennis Hopper, Mike Figgis and Tim Robbins.

The event focuses on new European talent, showcasing 31 first and second works in all genres from 12 countries, kicking off with Hungarian prod “Hukkle” (“Hiccups”), written and directed by Gyorgy Palfi.

Fifteen films are in competition. From Germany there is “Cinemania,” directed by Angela Christlieb and Stephen Kijak, and Martin Gypkens’s “Wir” (“We”); France is repped by François Hanss and Arthur-Emmanuel Pierre’s “Corps a Corps” and Nicolas Breviere’s “Plus Haut”; the U.K. has Alice Goodman and Penny Woolcock’s “The Death of Klinghoffer”; while Spanish fare comes in the form of Alberto Rodriguez’s “The Suit.” Other countries represented include Italy, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Russia.

Films showing out of competition include French helmer Julie Lopes-Curval’s “Bord de Mer,” Michiel van Jaarsveld’s “Drift” from the Netherlands, Icelandic tale “The Sea,” directed by Baltasar Kormakur, and German offering “Sophiiiie!” from Michael Hofmann.

Belgian fare on offer includes the world premiere of Peter Woditsch’s “The Lost Secret of Catherine the Great,” which is showing out of competition. There are also six Belgian short films, including the world preem of Peter Kruger’s “De Vreemde Man.”

Fest includes a tribute to legendary Belgian songster Jacques Brel with a screening of 1972 pic “Franz,” the troubadour’s first film as a producer.

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