A BLUEBIRD IN MY HEART
2018, 85 min, Belgium/France, Dir: Jérémie Guez

An incredible stand-out at 2018’s SXSW, this tough-as-nails action-noir adapted from Dannie Martin’s “The Dishwasher” examines with unusual poignancy a world of weary, broken-down men and ruthless, sadistic criminals. Wanting nothing more than to live quietly, parolee Danny (Roland Møller) checks into a run-down motel and takes a menial job, still not quite free with an ankle monitor keeping tabs on him. But as he develops a friendship with the motel owner’s daughter (Lola Le Lann), it’s not long before his peaceful existence is threatened and he’s forced to revert to his violent old ways.


BEYOND THE WALLS (2016)
AU DELÀ DES MURS
2016, 140 min, Dir: Hervé Hadmar

This mesmerizing French thriller mini-series takes everything you know about the haunted house genre and turns it on its head, from grand set pieces to cults that exist only in the imagination. Lisa (Veerle Baetens) is a young speech therapist who moves into a townhouse she has inherited; there she discovers hallways and rooms that suddenly appear then disappear. The ever-shifting house is manipulating other occupants, too, interweaving space-time continuums that lead Lisa on a journey into the deepest recesses of her psyche. In French with English subtitles.


THE ARDENNES
D'ARDENNEN
2015, 93 min, Belgium, Dir: Robin Pront

The botched robbery that kicks off director Robin Pront’s feature debut drives a wedge between two brothers: Kenny (Kevin Janssens), who is convicted for the crime, and Dave (Jeroen Perceval), who manages to escape. When Kenny is paroled after years in prison, he struggles to adjust to straight life – while Dave struggles to hide his relationship with Kenny’s former girlfriend (Veerle Baetens). The tension escalates steadily from this taut drama’s beginning to its head-turning climax in Belgium's Ardennes Forest. In Flemish and French with English subtitles.


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