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 $35.50 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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