The 12th Brussels Film Festival closed on Saturday the 14th of June with the awards ceremony in the  presence of the prizewinners, followed by the screening of the film THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY, the  first feature film by Hossein Amini (the screenwriter of Drive) and based on the eponymous novel by the thriller queen Patricia Highsmith. The official jury was composed of the singer Raphaël, actors Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Rabourdin, and actresses Hande Kodja and Anita Kravos.

The Festival opened with the film LA CHAMBRE BLEUE by Mathieu Amalric, another adaptation of a great thriller writer, Simenon. After Peter Greenaway and Bertrand Tavernier, the festival welcomed this year’s guest of honour Sir Alan Parker who has fascinated moviegoers at a master-class in Flagey before presenting The Commitments at the Cinematek for the launching of a retrospective of his
work. Two workshops gave moviegoers and professionals the chance to talk with director Pierre Salvadori and screenwriter Pascal Bonitzer.

For his fifth year as head of the Festival, Ivan Corbisier pointed out the diversity of European cinema with films such as the moving Life Feels Good by Maciej Pieprzyca, the powerful Miss Violence by Alexandros Avranas, the kafkaian The Double by Richard Ayoade, the Tyrolean western The Dark Valley by Andreas Prochaska, the ironic Of Horses and Men by Benedikt Erlingsson, the colourful comedy Three Many Weddings by Javier Ruiz Caldera or the tragi-comedy Smetto Quando Voglio by Sydney Sibilia. Theme nights let festivalgoers dive into a country’s cinema while discovering local savours and traditions between screenings. Thus Poland, Greece, Spain and Italy were honoured this year.

The Festival welcomed the world premiere of THE DIRTY FIFTY, an exhibition of 50 photographs portraying Belgian actors captured by Liège photographer Rudy Lamboray in the line of “The 12 Bastards” by Robert Aldrich ! Inaugurated on Friday the 6th of June in presence of most of the actors, the exhibition attracted many festivalgoers.

Famous for its concerts, the Brussels Film Festival offers a great musical section with screenings of musical documentaries, serves as a venue of a “speed dating” between producers and musicians, and hosts parties and DJ sets. This year, Flagey literally “danced” at the cine-concert conducted by the Liège band MLCV (My Little Cheap Dictaphone), the Anvers band THE FLYING HORSEMAN and the
Chilean band FOLLAKZOID.

Winners list

Official Jury
Hande Kodja (actress – Belgium)
Anita Kravos (actress – Italy)
Olivier Rabourdin (actor – France)
Raphaël (singer, composer, actor – France)
Fabrizio Rongione (actor – Belgium/Italy)

Official Competition
ACES – Alfonso Zarauza (Spain)
ARRETE OU JE CONTINUE – Sophie Fillières (France)
ARTICO – Gabriel Velázquez (Spain)
BROKEN HILL BLUES – Sofia Norlin (Sweden)
FAREWELL TO THE MOON – Dick Tuinder (Netherlands)
I AM YOURS – Iram Haq (Norway)
MISS VIOLENCE – Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
OF HORSES AND MEN – Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland)
SOMETHING MUST BREAK – Ester Martin Bergsmark (Sweden)
THE DARK VALLEY – Andreas Prochaska (Austria/Germany)
THE REUNION – Anna Odell (Sweden)
VIS-À-VIS – Nevio Marasovic (Croatia)

Golden Iris Award
Best film – value 10.000€. Official competition.
10.000€ to the right keeper (distributor or seller or producer…).

OF HORSES AND MEN
by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland)

White Iris Award
Best 1st film – value 2.500€. Official competition.
2.500€ to the rights owner (distributor or seller or producer…) to promote the film in cinemas and festivals.

THE REUNION
by Anna Odell (Sweden)

The prize was delivered to the director Anna Odell

Jury Award
7.000€ to the director of the film for a next post production. Sponsored by Dame Blanche.

ACES
by Alfonso Zarauza (Spain)

The prize was delivered to the director Alfonso Zarauza

Best Image Award
3.000€ to the director of the film for a next post production. Sponsored by Cinelab.

FAREWELL TO THE MOON
by Dick Tuinder (Netherlands)

The prize was delivered to the director Dick Tuinder

Best Screenplay Award
Official Competition. 2.000€ to the scriptwriter. Sponsored by SABAM.

I AM YOURS
by Iram Haq (Norway)

Screenplay Jury
Eric D’Agostino
Vincent Guillemot

Cineuropa Award
Official Competition. Promotion award, value 5.000€.

VIS-À-VIS
by Nevio Marasovic (Croatia)

Cineuropa Jury
Domenico La Porta

Fedex Cinephile Award
Official Competition. Help to send the film all over the world. Value 2500€.

THE REUNION
by Anna Odell (Sweden)

The prize was delivered to the director Anna Odell

Fedex Cinephile Jury
4 young cinema lovers

Audience Award Euromillions
All sections.

THE DOUBLE
by Richard Ayoade (UK)

RTBF TV Prize of Best Film
Distribution support 10.000€ – All sections.
10.000€ to the rights owner for Belgium (distributor or seller or producer…).

THE REUNION
by Anna Odell (Sweden)

The prize was delivered to the director Anna Odell

BeTV Prize of Best Film
Distribution support 5.000€ – All sections.
5.000€ to the rights owner for Belgium (distributor or seller or producer…).

THE DARK VALLEY
by Andreas Prochaska (Austria/Germany)

PRIME TV Prize of Best Film
Distribution support 5.000€ – All sections.
5.000€ to the rights owner for Belgium (distributor or seller or producer…).

FAREWELL TO THE MOON
by Dick Tuinder (Netherlands)

The prize was delivered to the director Dick Tuinder

MUSIC DOCS AWARD
Acht : Broadcasting Support.
Rec’N Roll Technical Sound Support : 5.000€

ZIVAN MAKES A PUNK FESTIVAL
by Ognjen Glavonic

Music Docs Jury
Raf Keunen
Sylvain Chauveau
Marc Lacroix
David Menessier

UPCB-UBPF/UCC-UFK/Studio L’Equipe Award
Best Short Film Award (1.500€)

CADET
by Kevin Meul

UPCB-UBPF/UCC-UFK Jury
Christian Collin
Gorik de Henau
Jonathan Lenaerts

CINELAB / ARFF Award
Best Short Film Award (1500€)

MILLIONAIRES
by Stephane BERGMANS

Special mention:
BAD HUNTER by Sahim Omar Kalifa
THE DANCING by Edith Depaule

ARFF Jury
André Buytaers
Güldem Durmaz
Philippe Lamensch
Vania Leturcq
Guillaume Senez

The 13th BRUSSELS FILM FESTIVAL will take place from June 5-13, 2015 in Flagey.