Cannes Film Festival 2022: Virginie Efira at the presentation, three Belgian films are aiming for the Palme d’Or

The Cannes Film Festival 2022 begins this Tuesday and the Belgians invite themselves in number, three black-yellow-red films are in competition with Virginie Effira as mistress of ceremonies.

For this 75and edition of the Cannes festival, it’s all the gratin of world cinema who will flock to the Croisette and Belgium will also be part of the celebration. Initially, nine Belgian films selected for this edition were presented at the Palace cinema last month. Three films are in the running for the most prestigious of categories, the Palme d’Or, a national pride that now has international fame.

A return of Lukas Dhont with “Close”

Director Lukas Dhont was revealed in 2018 at Cannes with “Girl”, He then won the Golden Camera 4 years ago, which rewards the best film in all categories. He entered the prestigious category for the first time with his second feature film “Close”, which is a film about friendship and responsibility. Léo and Rémi, 13, have been friends forever. Until an unthinkable event separates them. Léo then approaches Sophie, Rémi’s mother, to try to understand. Mother of Rémi, moreover played by actress Émilie Dequenne, Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1999, for her role in “Rosetta”, by the Dardennes brothers.

“The Eight Mountains”

The film “Les Huit Montagnes” by the Flemish couple formed by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen will also be presented in competition.

This film shot in Italian is based on the best-selling novel by Italian Paolo Cognetti of the same name, the feature film focuses on the bond of friendship between a city boy, Pietro and another from the mountains, Bruno.

Selected in 2009 at the Directors’ Fortnight, parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, for “The Merditude of Things”, Felix Van Groeningen had at the time marked the spirits by surveying, naked and on a bicycle, the Croisette with the team of the film.

The return of the Dardenne brothers

And then the return of the Dardenne brothers, the duo will offer to dive into the story of two young exiles, with an unbreakable bond, who came to settle in Belgium.

Accustomed to marches, the two filmmakers have already won two Palmes d’Or for Rosetta (1999) and L’Enfant (2005). They return this time with the film “Tori and Lokita”, a young boy and a teenager who came alone from Africa oppose their invincible friendship to the difficult conditions of their exile.

Other Belgian films

“Dalva” by Emmanuelle Nicot, the first feature film by an IAD alumnus, will have its world premiere at Critics’ Week, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival dedicated to first and second films. For the synopsis: Dalva, 13, is suddenly removed from her father’s home. Placed in a home and back to school, she will gradually understand that behind what she has always called “love”, hides something else…

The Belgian production “Rebel” by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be broadcast in midnight sessions. The film tells the story of Nassim, a 13-year-old boy from Molenbeek who, after the death of his father, is in search of his identity.

We will also remember the selection of “Dodo” by Panos Koutras in the Cannes Première section, as well as “Don Juan” by Serge Bozon (with Virginie Efira who plays opposite Tahar Rahim) and “La Nuit du 12” by Dominik Moll (with Bouli Lanners).

Belgian actors in all sections

In the “Un Certain Regard” section, which aims to honor audacious and original works by little-known filmmakers, we will notably find “Retour à Seoul” by Davy Chou, with the young Belgian Yoann Zimmer. As for the actors, Lubna Azabal will be present in “Le bleu du caftan” by Maryam Touzani and we will find Johan Heldenbergh in “Les pires” by Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret.

Out of competition, we will also note the presence of Jérémie Renier on the poster for “Novembre” by Cédric Jimenez and Charlie Dupont in the opening film “Coupez” by Michel Hazanavicius.

As for Belgian cinematographer Benoît Debie, he will be part of the jury for this Critics’ Week. As far as the Directors’ Fortnight is concerned, the Belgian presence will also be ensured by two co-productions: “Les Harkis” by Philippe Faucon and “Le parfum vert” by Nicolas Pariser.

In short, Belgium is not left out for this edition, the competition will take place until May 28th.

Anaïs Corbin / Photo: Belga – Archive 2017

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Cannes Film Festival 2022: Virginie Efira at the presentation, three Belgian films are aiming for the Palme d’Or