Ten Belgian films in competition in Cannes


With no fewer than ten films nominated for the 75th Cannes Film Festival, and Virginie Efira as master of ceremonies, a large number of Belgians will be present on the Croisette from 17 May!

Among the ten Belgian films selected for this edition, three are in the race for the Palme d'Or:

The Eight Mountains by Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by the Italian author Paolo Cognetti. Tori and Lokita by the Dardenne brothers, and Close by Lukas Dhont.

The Critics' Week category features Dalva by Emmanuelle Nicot, and Alma Viva by Christèle Alves Meira. The short film Scale will delight animation fans, and closes the Belgian list of contenders in this category.

The production Rebel by the duo El Arbi and Fallah, will be screened at a midnight session during the festival.

Belgian talent is greatly appreciated: Philippe Faucon's Les Harkis (Directors' Fortnight) benefited from the artistic expertise of a Belgian team, as did Maryam Touzani's Le Bleu du Caftan (Un Certain Regard). In the feature film Dodo (Cannes Premiere) by Panos Koutras, the bird which became extinct 300 years ago reappears in a Greek family's apartment with the help of digitisation made in Belgium.

A total of 21 films are in competition for the Palme d'Or, including Un petit frère by Léonor Serraille (France) and Tourment sur les îles by Albert Serra (Spain). Let's hope that one of our Belgian trio's three films will succeed!