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Brussels Short Film Festival 2014

 

After the positive experience I had with Brussels Short Film Festival last year, I had been planning to see at least one session despite my busy week. I actually managed to see two.

The first one was the European Film Academy selection  and I was nicely surprised to find a Bulgarian film in it – Skok (Jump). I really liked it. It started with the suicidal impulses of the main character, a bachelor, living in miserable conditions, and ended with something like love. I also liked the Portuguese As Ondas (The Waves) which depicted a young female surfer and her sister with a medical condition on a beautiful island. This very much linked to my new novel, in which I have surfers on an island and to my plans to be joining a surfing class next month.

Jump, Director: Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva

Jump, Director: Petar Valchanov, Kristina Grozeva

The Waves, Director: Miguel Fonseca

The Waves, Director: Miguel Fonseca

Then I saw the second session of the International Competition. I found the Dutch Ballen (Balls) very touching. It showed the farewell dinner of a student with cancer, organised by his flatmates, before  he lives for his chemotherapy. The Danish Belinda Beautiful was lovely. I enjoyed the narrative of  the Swiss You can’t do everything at once, But you can leave everything at once. It was depicting rather heavy relations with apparent ease.

Balls

Balls, Director: Janne Schmidt

Belinda Beautiful, Director: Marianne Blicher

Belinda Beautiful, Director: Marianne Blicher

Unfortunately I will not be able to see more films this year. But the Festival continues till 3 May and I strongly recommend it.

 

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