Every year our programmers select the best (inter)national films available. These films get their first screening in Belgium, before the official release.
Actresses Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava take turns playing Cassandra, who is preparing her mother’s funeral. This innovative technique emphasizes the inner conflict of the main character. A fascinating investigation into female identity told with sharp, feminist humour.
After six successful seasons the aristocratic Crawley family decided to quit television. However, showrunner Julian Fellowes thought otherwise and wrote a sequel for the big screen. In it, King George V and Queen Mary are planning a visit to the fictional Downton Abbey.
The Little Comrade
In this feature debut by Estonian director Moonika Siimets, the Stalinist regime is still in force. Leelo's only six years old when her mother is taken to a concentration camp. Her dying wish is for her to be a good person. That is what Leelo tries to do to the fullest.
All About Me
Caroline Link adapts Harpe Kerkeling’s successful autobiography to the big screen. Kerkeling is one of Germany’s greatest comedians. She focuses on his difficult upbringing in the Ruhr Valley during the 1970s. This crowd-pleaser was a box office hit in the comedian’s home country.
Following Berlin, Toronto and Busan, this culinary drama about integration is now set to play in Ostend. A Chinese illegal immigrant relocates to Japan, claims a false identity and starts working as an apprentice for a Japanese master chef. Kei Chikuara’s debut feature is simply delightful.
Acknowledged Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson made a follow-up to his festival hit ‘Rams’. Once more he does not shy away from the beautiful landscapes of his native country. Following the death of her husband, Inga has to manage living on the farm by herself. She boldly fights against the corruption and inequality of the farming community.
A Tale Of Three Sisters
Three sisters are reunited in the remote mountain village where they grew up with their father. All three of them carry a past they now have to cope with. This family chronicle became a hit in Turkey: at the Istanbul Film Festival it won five prizes, including a shared award for unique performances of the three main actresses.
Sick, Sick, Sick
A Brazilian film about obsessive teenage love. The quiet girl in the class falls in love with the new boy, a weirdo with a blood disease. Alice Furtado's feature debut was premiered in Cannes and proves her status as a film talent to watch.
Mrs Stern is exhausted and completely done with life. Been there, done that. But every suicide attempt fails due to a surprising change of events that make her question her gloomy view of the world. A wonderfully heart-felt German feel-good film.
On a train to a high school reunion, 42-year-old lawyer Leyla meets Canan, a student on his way to help a paralyzed friend commit suicide. This gripping Turkish drama was awarded the FIPRESCI award at the 36th International Film Festival in Istanbul.
Six years ago, Ritesh Batra scored a global box office hit with 'The Lunchbox’. In ‘Photograph’ you can expect his infamously charming style on full display. A street photographer in Mumbai convinces a random bystander to play his fiancé. He wants to elude his family, who is desperately pushing him towards marriage. This incident is the start of a very special bond between the two strangers.
Radha Mitchell plays Celeste, a renowned opera singer who prepares for her very last performance, almost ten years after the tragic death of her husband. A moving love story set in the tropical splendour of the far north of Queensland.
Sarah Green plays Rosie, a stubborn mother who is on the lookout for a new home after she and her family were evicted. This captivating family drama is the British social-realist answer to instant indie classic ‘The Florida Project’.
A team of ex-strip club employees, starring pop and R&B superstars Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Lizzo, decide to turn against their former Wall Street customers. A flashy Hollywood crime comedy, based on true events.
Sam de Jong based his American feature debut on the life of his protagonist Slick Woods, now a world-famous model. Goldie is a New York teenager who has to survive in poor conditions. Without any money, she has to take care of her two sisters when her mother is incarcerated. Despite everything, she continues to dream of a life in the spotlights.
Stella loses her sense of humour due to a brain injury. Her neurologist advises her to meet up with geologist Frank, who is struggling with the same condition. In this paradoxical tragicomedy by Martine Doyen, Sandrine Blancke and Sam Louwyck are on a quest for joy.
A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a rush of panic, he steals ‘The Goldfinch’, a painting that eventually draws him into a world of crime.
Symbolism and humanism are key in this suprisingly honest debut film. Somewhere in the mangroves between Thailand and Myanmar, a fisherman stumbles upon the battered body of a Rohingya man. The Good Samaritan takes him to his house and helps him recover. When the fisherman gets lost at sea, his new housemate slowly but surely takes over his identity.
Time heals all wounds, people say. But when 80-year-old Ali learns about the SS officer who murdered his parents, he hungers for blood. In his search for justice he only meets the son of the officer, Georg, who's a retired teacher. Together they decide to investigate the case further in this bittersweet story about the identity of two men and a nation.
After The Wedding
Isabel has dedicated her life to working with the children in an orphanage in Calcutta. Theresa is the multimillionaire head of a media company. When word comes to Isabel of a mysterious and generous grant for the financially struggling orphanage, she must travel to New York to meet the benefactor in person.
The Best Of Dorien B.
Dorien (37) hasit all: a loving husband, two adorable children and she runs a succesful veterinary clinic.
When a series of unfortunate events occur, her picture perfect life starts to crumble. She discovers her mother has been having an affair for years. Her husband is way to close with a co-worker and she discovers a lump in her breast. She starts to doubt all her decisions. Is this the life she dreamt about as a kid?
“The Best Of Dorien B” is a dramatic comedy about a woman who rediscovers and reinvents herself amidst all adversity.
The Girl In The Fog
Italian best-selling author Donato Carrisi claimed the director’s chair for the film adaptation of his own successful novel ‘The Girl in the Fog’. In this mystery crime thriller special agent Vogel investigates an abandoned village where a sixteen-year old girl has disappeared.
The Peanut Butter Falcon
In this beautiful crowd pleaser we follow some unexpected allies in search of happiness. The young Zak has Down's syndrome. It's his lifelong dream to become a professional wrestler. When he escapes from the nursing home to pursue his goals, new and old friends join his cause.
There has been a rebellion in Napoleon's army. Consequently, all the men in a mountain village are punished and deported. The remaining women have to cope for themselves. Violette and her friends swear an oath: they will share the first man who appears in the village. This romantic and intriguing debut feature is based on true facts.
The Best Of Dorien B.
In her feature debut director Anke Blondé follows a 37-year-old woman who has everything to be happy, yet still doubts whether she made the right choices. Kim Snauwaert portrays the chaotic Dorien who rediscovers herself. This film is guaranteed to win your heart.
In this surprising youth film, we follow the 14-year-old hyper-intelligent Sam who, along with her father and two brothers, tries to move on with her life after the death of their mother. A fairy tale in which existential childhood fears are aptly depicted.
American actress Sienna Miller is incredible in this nerve-racking family drama. Leading magazine Vogue calls it “the role of a life-time”. In ‘American Woman’ she portrays a single mother whose daughter disappears without a trace. The film is an ode to the resilience of women.
The Best Of Enemies
The unlikely relationship between a civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader is the perfect starting point for this true Hollywood drama. Together they fight for the desegregation of schools in North Carolina in 1971. It changes their lives, and that of many others. Based on true facts.
The Hummingbird Project
The Canadian director-screenwriter Kim Nguyen managed to collect an all-star cast for this thriller/drama about two cousins with an insane plan. In the world of High-Frequency Trading, profit or loss is determined by a millisecond. Vincent and Anton want to install a fiberglass cable from Kansas to New Jersey to establish a trading advantage. Their former employer is a formidable opponent in this clever skit about our fast-paced society.
The Tomorrow Man
Music video director Noble Jones ventures into his very first feature film and delivers a tender, romantic comedy in which John Lithgow plays a man who is constantly preparing for the end of the world. Until he meets Ronnie, another single in her seventies. When they fall in love, he starts living in the present.
In this true story, Oscar-nominee Keira Knightley plays a whistleblower from the British Intelligence Service. During the preamble of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, she leaks a secret NSA memo revealing an American-British illegal espionage operation. This nerve-racking thriller features an all-star cast on top of their game.
Kevin Janssens teams up with French-Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko in this heart-throbbing thriller. They play a New York based couple trading in their city apartment for an authentic New Hampshire home. There they discover a special room that gives them every material thing they dare to wish for. But when they ask for a child, their dreams soon turn into a nightmare.
A cynical London music director reluctantly joins a bachelor’s weekend of a colleague. Once arrived he is fooled by his boss who challenges him to sign a fishermen’s choir (shanty choir) to a record deal. Easily the funniest British feel-good film of the year.
At work, Orna allows the inappropriate advances of her boss in exchange for promotion. She has to provide for a family of three whilst trying to fight back, for her job and her self-worth. The captivating Israeli response to #metoo.
‘Ghent-West’-director Mathieu Mortelmans has explored the conditions of human morality in many of his short films before and now extends that investigation in his feature length debut. Due to circumstances, seventeen-year-old Daan is forced to become the head of his family. But when he offers shelter to a homeless teenager, the new inhabitant gains power over Daan’s mother more and more.
Spider In The Web
A Mossad spy becomes embroiled in a web full of mystery when he embarks on his last mission. To break with his past, he must first pass the enigmatic Angela and his ambitious colleague. This blood-curdling thriller was partly shot in Antwerp, so we also see some Flemish actors at work alongside world stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Monica Bellucci.
In The Name Of The Land
French star Guillaume Canet trades his real life-wife for Belgian movie star Veerle Baetens. They play a couple that has taken over the farm from his father. Now that the agriculture is experiencing difficult times, they are confronted with the past once more in this strong story of resistance set in rural France.
Alice And The Mayor
In this French comedy ‘Le Grand Jeu’-director Nicolas Parisier puts a spin on the political crisis in France. The young Alice, a philosopher who has little to no experience with the bureaucratic world, must provide inspiration to a tired mayor. A fascinating insight into the life of a public figure.
Two estranged brothers meet for the first time after thirty years. They decide to make a childhood dream come true and organize a road trip together. Markus Goller previously directed the remake of Jan Verheyen’s ‘Zot van A’. His latest comedy promises to make you laugh once more.
The Swallows Of Kabul
Summer, 1998. Kabul is repressed by the Taliban. In this incredible animation film, the lives of two couples – one old and conservative, the other young and modern – become entangled. It soon becomes clear that a price will have to be paid for their love.
Ten-year-old Telpupaï lives in a remote village in the Andes and dreams of becoming a shaman. This colourful, adventurous animation film about an ancient civilization speaks to every child and was nominated for a César.
It is impossible to prepare for a film such as this Tunisian one. A young soldier leaves the camp when he is told that his mother has died. This is followed by a fantastic trip that is difficult to describe, but one you have to experience for yourself. A bold choice from the FFO programmers.
Sonja - The White Swan
In 1936, three-time Olympic figure skating champion Sonja Henie decided to become a movie star. Her film debut immediately set a box office record in Hollywood the following year. This biopic gives us a fascinating glimpse into the life of this Norwegian sports and film legend.
Nicholas Hoult takes on the role of one of the world’s most famous writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, the legendary genius that created the ‘Lord of the Rings’-epic. In this biopic, the director sheds a light on the teenage years of the author who finds comfort and inspiration in the company of other creative misfits.
Before The Frost
Seventy-year old actor Jesper Christensen portrays Jens, a farmer with a dwindling supply who's doing the best he can to keep his family alive. The film paints a sad picture of agriculture in Denmark, but features a tour-de-force performance by the Danish ‘Melancholia’ and ‘Casino Royale’-star.