BRASSERIE ROMANTIQUE
BRASSERIE ROMANTIEK
2012, A Private View, 104 min, Belgium, Dir: Joël Vanhoebrouck

In his feature directorial debut, Joël Vanhoebrouck has cooked up a delicious ensemble comedy. Pascaline (Sara de Roo) and her brother Angelo (Axel Daeseleire) run a gourmet restaurant, and their differing visions for the place come to a head on Valentine’s Day, when one of Pascaline’s old flames (Koen De Bouw) reappears. There’s plenty simmering outside the kitchen as well, as the brasserie attracts blind dates, bickering couples and lonely singles. In Dutch with English subtitles.


LOFT
2008, Independent Films, 118 min, Belgium, Dir: Erik Van Looy

A group of married men share a luxurious Antwerp loft, using it for their extramarital affairs. The five friends think they know each other well - until the dead body of a young woman appears in the apartment and turns their camaraderie into suspicion and deceit. A major hit in Belgium, this stylishly shot, expertly plotted murder mystery never runs out of surprises. The top-flight cast includes Koen De Bouw, Bruno Vanden Broucke, Filip Peeters and RUST AND BONE’s Matthias Schoenaerts (who is featured in the Hollywood remake THE LOFT due later this year). In Dutch with English subtitles.


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