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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #63. Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica


Director: Felix van Groeningen
Writers: Felix van Groeningen, Arne Sierens

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen has received numerous critical applause over the past decade, beginning with his 2004 debut Steve+Sky. 2009’s The Misfortunates received an award out of the Directors’ Fortnight, while he received considerable international success with 2012’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, which picked up awards at Berlin, Tribeca and nabbed a Cesar for Best Foreign Language Film. He’s been working on his fifth title, Belgica, since 2014, a story about two brothers who open a bar in Belgium and get swept up in the city’s nightlife.

Cast: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter, Charlotte Vandermeersch

Production Co./Producers: Menuet’s Dirk Impens, Pyramide Productions, Topkapi Films

U.S. Distributor: Rights available TBD (domestic/international).

Release Date: Belgica will be competing in the World Dramatic category in January at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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