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Belgian Rhapsody to close World Film Fest Montreal


Vincent Bal's musical romantic comedy Belgian Rhapsody is to close the 39th edition of the Montréal World Film Festival (27 August-7 September). The film is one of the four features and five shorts from Flanders premiering at this year's Fest.

Other films on the programme are Lukas Bossuyt's debut feature Sum Of Histories, which is presented as part of the First Feature Competition, Kadir Balci's Marry Me, and 46, xx by Guido De Craene. Two shorts from Flanders, Empire and Nkosi Coiffure, premiere in the World Competition section, while the programme also contains short titles OlavThe Soul Is Wandering and Dissonant.

In Belgian Rhapsody, two brass bands, the Flemish “Sint Cecilia” and the Walloon “En Avant”, have both been selected for the great European final. The Walloons are blown into the final by Hugues, their exceptionally talented and handsome trumpet player. When Sint Cecilia’s soloist drops dead on stage, Elke, daughter of the band’s conductor Joseph, has the solution: let’s buy that Walloon super talent out. 

Amaryllis Uitterlinden and Arthur Dupont share the major roles in Belgian Rhapsody, together with Tom Audenaert, Jos Verbist, Marc Weiss, Koen Van Impe, Philippe Résimont, Erika Sainte, and Ivan Pecnik. Bal and Pierre De Clercq wrote the original screenplay.

Vincent Bal previously directed such films as Man Of SteelMinoes and The ZigZag Kid. Together with Colette Bothof, he wrote and directed the animated series Kika & Bob.

Sum of HistoriesBelgian RhapsodyMarry MeEmpire and Nkosi Coiffure received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz. The Screen Flanders Economic Fund, under the aegis of Economic Affairs Minister Philippe Muyters and Cultural Affairs Minister Gatz, also backed Sum of Histories and Belgian Rhapsody.