We brief you on BRIFF

  • 18.06.2019

The BRIFF, Brussels international film festival, returns for a second season from June 20 to 29 in a series of cinemas in the capital. On the program, international and Belgian competitions, revivals, special events and guests…

This festival which opens the summer will be the occasion to discover in Belgian premiere a film co-financed by Wallimage and co-produced in Belgium by Wrong Men with its usual Irish partners of Savage Production. Filmed largely at St. Michael’s Furnace in late summer 2016, this Irish drama takes us deep into the heart of a highly devout Christian community that is undergoing a crisis of faith and wondering if a young man emerging from the woods is the new messiah. Undeniably austere, but authentically fascinating, Good Favour is already one of the discoveries of the festival, to be seen on June 27 at the UGC de Brouckère (7:30 pm) or on June 28 at the Palace (4:30 pm).


Thanks to its co-production, Rebecca Daly’s film will be in competition… with Cavale, Virginie Gourmel’s first feature film, which we presented at the Wallimage evening during the Mons Festival last February. Produced by Artemis, Cavale tells the story of Kathy’s escape from a psychiatric institution, a secret and rebellious teenager. His only goal is to find his father while Nabila and Carole, completely crazy and zany who decided to accompany him, think rather to take advantage of this small moment of freedom to have fun. Cavale will be screened on June 23 at 7pm at the UGC de Brouckère and the next day at Flagey at 4pm.

The BRIFF will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Émilie Dequenne’s prolific and inspiring career. You can meet her on June 24 at 8pm at the Palace. Eternal Rosetta who has magnified over the years many outstanding characters on the big screen and on television, Émilie will come and talk about her career and her way of choosing roles, and also about her passion for series, perhaps…
Other masterclasses will be organized with directors who have all been at one time or another supported by Wallimage. Michel Hazanavicius (The Forgotten Prince, to be released) will be on June 21 at 10 pm at the Bouckère UGC, just after the screening of OSS117, Rio ne répond plus, Abel Ferrara (Pasolini) will meet you at the Galeries on June 23 at 7 pm and Bouli Lanners (Eldorado, The Giants, The First The Last…) will stop by on June 22 at 3:30 pm at the Galeries before going back to Liège to work on his new feature film, which is very promising.


Like the (now defunct ?) Be Film festival of the same organizers, the BRIFF will also be an opportunity to see some recent Belgian feature films. Among them, of course, a series of films co-financed by Wallonia : Continue by Joachim Lafosse on June 21 at 6pm at the Palace, Mon ket by and with François Damiens, on June 22, 7:15pm at the UGC de Brouckère and Seule à mon mariage by Marta Bergman on June 24, 5:30pm at the Palace.