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Belgian Rhapsody and The Brand New Testament on their way to DC


Vincent Bal’s musical comedy Belgian Rhapsody has been selected for Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington (14-24 April), as one of the comedy highlights of the festival. The Brand New Testament, a co-production with Flanders, also also features the festivals line-up.

Filmfest DC presents Belgian Rhapsody alongside seven other features in a special programme, ‘The Lighter Side’, showing how humour can be a way to a better understanding of a different culture.

In Belgian Rhapsody two brass bands, the Flemish ‘St. Cecilia’ and Walloon ‘En Avant’, are contenders for national pre-selection for the final of the European Union’s Best Brass Band contest. When Willy of the Flemish band drops dead on stage after sounding the band’s final note on his trumpet, the conductor’s daughter comes up with an idea on how to beat the competition. The film previously closed the festivals of Montreal and Arras.

Jaco Van Dormael’s The Brand New Testament tells the surreal story of God, a bastard who lives in Brussels, whose 10-year-old daughter Ea posts everybody’s death dates on the internet to get even with her dad.

Belgian Rhapsody was produced by Peter Bouckaert for Eyeworks (The Verdict, Marina) and. Flemish co-producer of The Brand New Testament is Frank Van Passel for Caviar (Black, Sum of Histories).

Belgian Rhapsody and The Brand New Testament received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. Both films were also backed by the Screen Flanders economic fund, under the aegis of Flemish Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz.