"Belgica" (original title)
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Belgium-France, drama, 127 min, PG-13
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Felix van Groeningen, Arne Sierens
Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter
Belgica is the story of two brothers: charismatic and temperamental Frank – a husband, father, and incurable womaniser – and his ambitious-but-green younger brother Jo, who owns a bar called Belgica. They become business partners and quickly Belgica becomes the place to be for great music, beautiful people, and debauched fun – until they learn that running a business on this scale is more complicated than they realised, and their relationship and personal lives suffer. Belgica is an immersive experience of the excess and euphoria of being in the hottest nightclub in town. Set to the eclectic sounds of acclaimed Belgian band Soulwax, the film shows the brothers’ intoxicating ascent to success – and the crash and burn that follows. Belgica is about living in the moment and realising that moving forward is not only inevitable but necessary.
Directing Award at Sundance International Film Festival