BLACK
2015, 95 min, Belgium, Dir: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

This gripping (and violent) look at Brussels’ street gangs centers on a teen girl, Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio), who meets a boy (Aboubakr Bensaihi) from a rival Moroccan crew at a police station; as an attraction grows between the two, so do the dangers of this forbidden love. A Discovery Award winner at the Toronto International Film Festival. “The first of its kind in Belgian cinema, this easily exportable, minority-driven drama has the potential to launch the careers of its young directors and cast, driving its star-crossed ‘West Side Story’ formula into the 21st century.” - Peter Debruge, Variety. In Arabic, Lingala, French and Dutch with English subtitles.


THE ARDENNES
D'ARDENNEN
2015, 93 min, Belgium, Dir: Robin Pront

The botched robbery that kicks off director Robin Pront’s feature debut drives a wedge between two brothers: Kenny (Kevin Janssens), who is convicted for the crime, and Dave (Jeroen Perceval), who manages to escape. When Kenny is paroled after years in prison, he struggles to adjust to straight life – while Dave struggles to hide his relationship with Kenny’s former girlfriend (Veerle Baetens). The tension escalates steadily from this taut drama’s beginning to its head-turning climax in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. In Flemish and French with English subtitles.


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