THE WORLD BELONGS TO US
LE MONDE NOUS APPARTIENT
2012, MG Productions, 84 min, Belgium, Dir: Stephan Streker

“We have all, at some point in our lives, gone through a phase where we thought that the world belonged to us,” notes writer-director Stephan Streker of this gripping new drama. “Becoming adult means realising that things are a lot more complicated than that.” Aspiring soccer player Julien (Ymanol Perset) and car thief Pouga (Vincent Rottiers) are young men with superficial similarities but very different lives - lives that intersect in a night of violence. The two leads (and such costars as Olivier Gourmet, who plays Julien’s father) offer outstanding performances, and Ozark Henry’s soundtrack is an equally compelling presence. In French with English subtitles.


ALTIPLANO
2009, First Run Features, 109 min, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Dir: Peter Brosens, Jessica Hope Woodworth

Set in the Andes of Peru, optometrist Max (Dardenne brothers regular Olivier Gourmet) and his adrift photojournalist wife Grace (Jasmin Tabatabai) are installing a rural clinic offering free eye surgery to the indigenous population. When a soon-to-be-married villager dies from an illness related to the nearby mining activity, Max and Grace find themselves caught up in battle that has the locals vehemently uprising against the mining company. Official selection of the Cannes International Critics' Week. In Spanish, French, Quecha and Persian with English subtitles.


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