Michel Hazanavicius, guest of honour at 2nd Brussels International Film Festival
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    Michel Hazanavicius, guest of honour at 2nd Brussels International Film Festival

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    French film director, producer, and five-time Oscar winner, Michel Hazanavicius, is the guest of honour at the Second Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF), which opens on Thursday.

    After a successful debut, the BRIFF has programmed three competitions, an open-air cinema, and a homage to Belgian talent, for this year’s edition.

    Elia Suleiman’s “It Must Be Heaven” will be shown at the inaugural evening on 20 June. This feature-length film was in the official selection of the last Cannes Festival.

    Other films that will be shown include “The Artist” (2011) by Michel Hazanavicius, along with three other films by the French producer “La Classe Américaine” (1993), “OSS 117: Lost in Rio” (2009) and “Redoutable” (2017). He will give a lecture on 21 June.

    Belgian actors Bouli Lanners and Emilie Dequenne will be part of the Off Programme. “Rosetta” by the Dardennes brothers, the film that thrust Dequenne into the limelight 20 years ago, will be shown in the presence of the producers and the actress herself. Bouli Lanners will have carte blanche to focus on climate change in six films under the theme of “Green Planet”.

    The festival, which ends on 29 June, will include an international competition, a national one and a “producers’ week”.

    Oscar Schneider

    The Brussels Times