2014, Be For Films, 125 min, Belgium, Dir: Hans Herbots

In this dark and intense adaptation of British author Mo Hayder’s bestseller, investigator Nick Cafmeyer (Geert Van Rampelberg) works to stop a pedophile he’s convinced was responsible for his brother’s disappearance many years earlier. Superbly crafted and packed with surprising twists, this is among the most disturbing thrillers since SEVEN. In Dutch with English subtitles.

2013, Media Luna, 110 min, Belgium, Dir: Stijn Coninx

Director Stijn Coninx’s film tells the true story of Rocco Granata (Matteo Simoni), who moves with his family to Belgium in the late-1940s when his father (Luigi Lo Cascio) takes a job mining coal. The young man struggles in his new home until his dad encourages him to latch onto a dream. That dream is music, and the singer/accordionist goes on to top charts around the world with his song “Marina.” Based on the popular performer’s childhood memories, this rags-to-riches biopic has romance, laughs, drama and, of course, plenty of music. In Flemish, Italian and French with English subtitles.

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