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THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN
2020, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 104 min, Tunisia/France, Dir: Kaouther Ben Hania

Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni), a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he agrees to have his back tattooed by one of the world’s most sulfurous contemporary artists. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam discovers that his decision might mean anything but freedom. A 2021 Oscar nominee for Best International Feature Film.


BROTHER
BROER
2016, 115 min, Belgium/Ireland, Dir: Geoffrey Enthoven

Even after his twin brother Michel’s (Koen De Graeve) death, Mark (Koen De Bouw) still seethes at him for the failures of his marriage and the family hotel. When he gets a message intended for Michel from wealthy former flame Grace (Alison Doody), Mark thinks he can regain some of what he’s lost by impersonating his brother – but he has no idea what he’s walking into. The third collaboration between director Enthoven and screenwriter Pierre De Clercq is a seamless mix of thriller, family drama and a touch of buddy comedy. With Titus De Voogdt and Udo Kier. In Dutch and English 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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