Directory of World Cinema: Belgium

Edited by Marcelline Block and Jeremi Szaniawski

Edited by Marcelline Block and Jeremi Szaniawski

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

320 pages | 50 color plates | 7 x 10 | © 2013
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9781783200085 Published April 2014

Is there such a thing as a single Belgian cinema? A country that is culturally and linguistically divided between the Dutch-speaking Flanders and the francophone Brussels and Wallonia, Belgium is a contested site, and its fragile unity continues to be challenged by separatists. Nevertheless, the filmic output of this divided country merits serious attention, and Directory of World Cinema: Belgium is the comprehensive guides it richly deserves.

Featuring contributions from leading Belgian and international film scholars, the essays here examine the work and careers of the greatest names of Belgian cinema, from its pioneers to its modern age, while also investigating its lesser known productions and intersections with Belgian art, history, literature, and culture, as well as the legacies of social documentary, surrealism, and magical realism.

Small but mighty, Belgium has for the last decade produced an average of forty feature films a year, an extraordinary accomplishment for a country of just ten million. Directory of World Cinema: Belgium will find grateful readers in anyone interested in Belgian culture and identity.

Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Film of the Year

Almayer’s Folly

Award of the Year

Our Children

Small Country, Great Cinema?

Essays

Film Culture Focus: The Royal Belgium Film Archive

Essays

Directors

1. The Pioneers

Essays

2. Intermediate Figures

Essays

Review

3. Modern Belgium Directors:

3A. André Delvaux

Essay

Reviews

3B. Chantal Akerman

Essay

Reviews

3C. Jaco Van Dormael

Essay

Reviews

3D. The Dardenne Brothers

Essay

Reviews

Other Belgium Auteurs

Essay

Reviews

Box Office Successes

Reviews

Documentary and Beyond

Essay

Reviews

Women Directors in Belgium Cinema

Essays

Reviews

 

Francophone Belgium Cinema Since 1990

Reviews

Flanders

Essay

Reviews

Essays

Exiles and Transits

Reviews

Essay

Alternative Figures in Belgian Cinema

Essays

Reviews

Animation

Essay

Reviews

Belgian Cinema and Other Arts

Essays

Belgian Cinema Confidential

Essay

Reviews

Interviews

Chantel Ackerman

Boris Lehman

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Essay

On Location

Essays

References and Recommended Reading

German Cinema Online

Test Your Knowledge

Notes on Contributors

Filmography

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