Brussels Film Festival BIFF is preparing to rock

by Marianne Wi

Brussels Film Festival is preparing to rock, when it kicks off on the 22nd June it will screen 5 Italian films before closing its doors on the 29th June 2011, we like Belgium just a little bit more because of that.

There are 2 films in competition:

Out of competition we have 3 films :
  • Io sono l’amore, I am love directed by Luca Guadagnino, this film has traveled well, received numerous awards and even more nominations, Italian film at its best.
  • Buna ce faci? Hello how are you ? directed by Alexnadru Maftei, it is a co production between Italy, Spain and Romania. This is a new kid on the blog, I have not seen it however it was shown at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this year and here are their synopsis : “Musician Gabriel and dimpled dry-cleaning proprietress Gabriela live like two strangers who no longer see each other. But in humorous contrast to their staid, passionless lives, characters in a constant state of sexual arousal surround them. Their libidinous teen son, whose hilarious voiceover commentary intermittently provides important narrative information, prides himself on being the high school stud and aspires to a career in porn. Gabriela’s sexy employee switches boyfriends the way she changes clothes. And despite being married, Gabriel’s colleague is working his way through the female members of their orchestra. Ultimately, the two Gabys find their virtual affairs reconnect them with their own desires, but in a way less movie-fantasy and more satisfying real-life”. Sounds like a film not to be missed to me.
  • The Passage directed by Roberto Minervini, this movie is being shown as still in post production, there are no poster and no trailer as I type this, I guess it will not be long before it is released now,  I have found a synopsis written by Marfared for IMDB :”A woman in her 60s with terminal cancer, a man in his 40s recently out of jail, and a British artist in his 50s come together by chance and take a road trip to Marfa, TX. Each are looking for something to give them hope, when hope is in short supply. They share profound experiences, across the Texas landscape from big cities to barren desert towns. What started as a convenient ride becomes much more, an opportunity to heal the deepest wounds, that only love with no strings attached can do” sounds like an interesting film to me, one to look out for.
Brussels is going to be fun, so remember to swing by and take in a few movies while you are there unless of course yu are living there in which case you should buy a Festival Pass, there are a number of other very interesting films you would not want to miss.

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