Brussels makes ‘Involuntary’ choice

Swedish film wins top prize at festival

Swedish film “Involuntary” took the top prize at the Brussels European Film Festival, which closed Sunday. Pic was selected from among 14 first and second features in competition.

Ruben Ostlund’s tale of Swedes behaving badly had its world bow in Cannes last May. Benelux Film Distributors has snapped up local rights.

The award for best performance was shared by Polina Philonenko, Agnia Kuznetsova and Olga Shuvalova, the three leads in Russian high school drama “Everybody Dies But Me.” Directed by Valeria Gai Guermanika, pic was a Critics’ Week choice at Cannes.

The public prize, open to all films in the festival, went to comedy “Une chanson dans la tete,” from Paris-based Lebanese helmer Hany Tamba. It features Patrick Chesnais as a forgotten French singer who is surprised to find that he is still a star in Beirut.

Pic had its world bow in Brussels, where it opened the festival.

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