CAFÉ DERBY
2015, 90 min, Belgium, Dir: Lenny Van Wesemael

When Pope John Paul II came to Belgium in 1985, it was a blessing for tens of thousands of believers – and a few entrepreneurs. Born salesman Georges (Wim Opbrouck) learns of the pontiff’s upcoming open-air mass and plans to make a fortune by setting up shop in the nearby Café Derby, but Georges’ wife and five kids have seen enough of his get-rich-quick schemes to know better. In her feature debut, Van Wesemael deftly captures the humor and frustrations of this slightly dysfunctional family.


OFFLINE
2012, 110 min, Belgium, Dir: Peter Monsaert

After seven years in prison, Rudy Vandekerckhove (Wim Willaert) is trying to get his life back on track in industrial north Ghent. But virtual communication with a webcam girl (Anemone Valcke) proves much easier for Rudy than repairing broken family ties. An involving drama about second chances, Peter Monsaert’s assured debut feature has an atmospheric look and sound thanks to Ruben Impens’ fine cinematography and Belgian band Triggerfinger’s rock score. In Dutch and French with English subtitles.


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.


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