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Coupez !

  • June 23th | 20:00 | De Brouckère - Opening ceremony followed by the screening of the film Coupez ! by Michel Hazanavicius. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and the actors Grégory Gadebois, Charlie Dupont and Yvon Martin.
  • June 24th | 20:00 Cinéma Sauvenière (Liège) - After attending the opening of the BRIFF, Michel Hazanavicius will present Coupez! as part of the decentralisation of the festival in Liège.
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The 5th edition of the Brussels International Film Festival-BRIFF will open with the film Final Cut by the multi award-winning director Michel Hazanavicius.

This comedy featuring Romain Duris, Bérénice Béjo, Finnegan Oldfield, Grégory Gadebois, Charlie Dupont will be presented at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, before premiering at the BRIFF on June 23rd in the presence of the film crew.

The BRIFF is delighted to welcome back the French director after his attendance at the festival in 2019 as guest of honour.

In an abandoned building, a low-budget zombie horror film is falling apart on set. The abusive director (Romain Duris) is already pushing the cast and crew to the brink with his obnoxious behavior when he reveals his plan to inject energy and excitement into the project: unlocking a real-life ancient zombie curse. In a frenetic one-shot where body parts and fluids are flying, the actors fight the undead and their director for their lives before the film comes to a shocking conclusion and the credits roll…but is that the whole story?



  • June 25th | 3pm | Galeries - Masterclass with Michel Leclerc

Michel Leclerc will honour us with his presence for an encounter during which he will talk about his career as a director and scriptwriter.

The interview will be moderated by Gabriel Vanderpas, director, film professor and active member of the ARRF (Association des Réalisateurs et Réalisatrices Francophones)

The masterclass is organised in french

FREE - But on booking only > ticket


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During the 1990s, Michel Leclerc worked as a TV editor and cameraman. He also wrote and directed a number of shorts. For years, he was a columnist on television shows such as C'est ouvert le samedi and Nulle part ailleurs on Canal+, and Mon Kanar on France 3. He is also the singer and songwriter of the group Minaro. In 2011, he won the César Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film The Names of Love.



  • June 28th | 7pm | Cinematek (sold out) - Screening of Ettore Scola's film The Family with an introduction to the film, in the presence of Fanny Ardant
  • June 29th | 7.30pm | Bozar - Conversation with Fanny Ardant, led by Hugues Dayez, about her career as an actress and director, and screening of Nadir Moknèche's film Lola Pater 


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Fanny Ardant will be BOZAR, CINEMATEK and BRIFF's guest of honor 

The opportunity then to highlight the fantastic career of the indispensable actress and French director Fanny Ardant, set in the foreground of the French cinematographic landscape. Revealed by her luminous interpretation in François Truffaut’s La Femme d'à côté (1981), she is one of the rare actresses to have twice been crowned with a César, for Pédale douce by Gabriel Aghion (1997, Best Actress) and for La Belle Époque by Nicolas Bedos (2020, Best Supporting Actress).

CINEMATEK will honor this great lady of cinema with a retrospective, while BRIFF will focus on the actress' recent filmography. It is in this context that BRIFF invites you to watch Carine Tardieu's The Young Lovers (2021), in which Fanny Ardant carries her 70s with remarkable grace and strength.

The huge career of Fanny Ardant will be put at the center during two exclusive encounters organized by BOZAR and CINEMATEK on June 28th and 29th. 

Programme :

  • June 28th | 7pm | Cinematek (Sold out) - Screening of Ettore Scola's film The Family with an introduction to the film, in the presence of Fanny Ardant 
  • June 29th | 7.30pm | Bozar - Conversation with Fanny Ardant, led by Hugues Dayez, about her career as an actress and director, and screening of Nadir Moknèche's film Lola Pater 
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  • 28.06 > 21.08Cinematek will present 16 films of the filmography of Fanny Ardant

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Marina Vlady

The BRIFF has collaborated with the Bologna Cinematheque to bring together five fully restored gems of Italian cinema from the 1950s and 1960s.
Marina Vlady is featuring in the three films of this retrospective and will honour us with her presence.


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The BRIFF has collaborated with the
Cineteca di Bologna to bring together
five fully restored gems, emblematic of
the transalpine cinematographic art of the
1950s and 1960s. Signed by the country’s
greatest directors such as Antonioni, Ferreri
and Pasolini, and then coated with the
“amore” that the Italians have established as
an art of living, they generously contribute
to enriching the cinematographic heritage
of the most romantic of peninsulas.
Last but not least: starring in three of our
five selected films, the fabulous Marina
Vlady will honour us with her presence
during this fifth edition of the festival.

Here is what Guy Borlée, coordinator of the Bologna Cinematheque, says:

“I chose five not well known gems that
highlight different facets of the Italian
cinema. Five stories that show the incredible
talent of the Italian filmmakers to describe
amore and to change the world. Marina
Vlady, radiant with beauty in three of the
films will share with you her memories and
her emotions.
In Giorni d’amore by Giuseppe De Santis,
Marina Vlady is but 16 years old when finds
herself sharing top billing with young star
Marcello Mastroianni. Two poor peasant
families in the south are in a feud worthy
of Verona and unable to accept la passione
between their children.
La Ragazza in vetrina which boasts Pasolini
as one of its screenwriters cost director
Luciano Emmer his career. He dared to show
l’attrazione fatale between an Italian miner
and Marin Vlady, an Amsterdam prostitute.
Shot four years after the Marcinelle mining
disaster, the film tells the story that the
government wanted to hide and the censure
was implacable.
Una Storia moderna - L’ape Regina by
Marco Ferreri turns Marina Vlady into a
queen bee who dominates her husband
and uses him as nothing more than a
reproductive tool. A sulfurous film against
bourgeois Catholic morality that afforded
an acting award at Cannes for Marina
With Comizi d’amore, Pier Paolo Pasolini
leads an investigation on sexuality from
southern to northern Italy. Always ahead of
his time, he asks the real questions that are
common conversation these days but which
were taboo in 1964.
Thanks to Cornaca di un amore,
Michelangelo Antonioni leaves neo realism
behind and starts his investigations of
feminine psychology opening up to la
These films were restored by the Cineteca
di Bologna and presented at Il Cinema
Ritrovato festival for which I have worked
as coordinator since 1994. The goal of
these magnificent digital restorations is to
give films a second lease on life and new
audiences the world over. Buona visione.”


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Three thousand year of longing


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The film Three Thousand Years of Longing by director George Miller will end the 10 days of festivities of the BRIFF 5th edition.

This fantasy featuring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba is the Australian director's eleventh feature film and is about a lonely and bitter British woman who meets a genie who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.

Dr Alithea Binnie is an academic – content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.

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