Cinema of Belgium  

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"Pour ne citer que quelques films, mais qui constituent le renouveau du cinéma belge : C'est arrivé près de chez vous, de et avec Benoît Poelvoorde, où un homme tue pour gagner sa vie, Dikkenek, (« grande gueule » en bruxellois), film culte ... ou encore Rosetta des frères Dardenne ou Le Tout Nouveau Testament de Jaco Van Dormael." --Bienvenue à Bruxelles (2017) by Sylvie Da Silva

"Flemish cinema certainly didn't produce a new Daens and neither did the French-speaking Walloon cinema deliver a work that could compete with C'est arrive pres de chez vous (Man Bites Dog). Not one new film made a strong impression." --Variety international film guide, page 107, Peter Cowie, 1994

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Cinema of Belgium can often be considered a blending of Dutch cinema and French cinema though with its own unique national qualities.


Contemporary Belgian mainstream cinema

More recently, notable Belgian cinema directors have emerged, most of them strongly influenced by French cinema. The absence of a major Belgian cinema company has forced them to emigrate or participate in low-budget productions. Belgian directors include André Delvaux, Stijn Coninx, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne; actors include Jan Decleir, Marie Gillain; and films include Man Bites Dog (film) and The Alzheimer Affair.


  • Belgian Cinema/Le Cinema Belge/De Belgische Film - Marianne Thys, Cinematheque Royale De Belgique

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