Dardennes ring Gongs for ‘Fils’

Brothers nab best pic, director in Belgian film/TV awards

BRUSSELS — Local helmers the Dardenne brothers were the big winners of Belgium’s Joseph Plateau Awards honoring achievements in film and television.

Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, who directed 2000 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Rosetta,” walked away with the gongs for picture and director for “Le Fils” (“The Son”), while Olivier Gourmet got actor honors.

Meanwhile Danis Tanovic’s 2002 Foreign-Lingo Film Oscar winner “No Man’s Land” won screenplay.

Els Dottermans and Antje De Boeck shared the actress award for their performances in Dorothee van den Berghe’s “Girl” and Dominique Standaert’s “Hop” respectively.

The Box Office award went to Jan Verheyen’s “Alias.”

In the TV section, all prizes were taken by Flemish-lingo broadcaster VRT ‘s drama series “Stille Waters.”

The awards are organised by the Flanders Intl. Film Festival, which will be held in Ghent October 7 – 18.

Awards are named after Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau who invented the stroboscope, which created the illusion of motion.

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