Cinematek to pay tribute to Arno with film screenings

Cinematek to pay tribute to Arno with film screenings
Arno Hintjens performs at at the Kursaal concert hall February 2022. Credit: Jonas Roosens / Belga

To pay tribute to the recently passed Belgian singer, Arno Hintjens, Cinematek, the Royal Belgian Film Archive, will show three films on Belgian National Day, 21 July.

Two feature films will be shown in which Arno played a role, “Komma” and "J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un gangster.” A third film, “Toy Story 3,” will also be shown as Arno recorded the Flemish version of “You’ve got a friend in me” for the Disney movie series. The “Toy Story 3” screening will be at 18:00.

“Komma” was the first feature film by Brussels’ Martine Doyen, in which Arno plays the main character, Peter De Wit. De Wit — a mythomaniac con man who assumes the identity of a dead Swede — kidnaps a woman with amnesia and travels through Bavaria. The screening of “Komma” will be at 19:00 on 21 July.

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In the second feature film, ​​"J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un gangster" (I’ve always dreamed of being a gangster), by Samuel Benchetrit, Arno plays himself and meets his French colleague Alain Bashung in a restaurant toilet. This screening will take place at 21:00 on the national holiday. Tickets can be bought on the Cinematek website.

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Though Arno is most known for his singing, he was offered five to ten movie appearances every year. Because of his commitment to his music, he did not accept most of them.

Arno died at the age of 72 on 23 April this year following a battle with pancreatic cancer which was diagnosed in late 2019. His best known hits are “Les filles du bord de mer,” “Putain, putain” and “Les yeux de ma mère.”

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