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Belgian cinema made available to local households

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- The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre is supporting the VOD release of 6 recent Belgian films, as well as an online presence for Belgian cinema

Belgian cinema made available to local households
Pompei by Anna Falguères and John Shank

In response to the closure of movie theatres, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre has decided to support the release of Belgian films in virtual form (e-cinema) so as to allow a maximum number of viewers to discover these films in their own homes.

In addition to the decision made by a number of independent Belgian distributers to bring forward their recent films’ VOD availability, not to mention the organisation of film releases directly on VOD for the coming weeks, this initiative (promoted via a wide media campaign) should help allow the Belgian public to discover recent Belgian productions on their small (or mid-sized) screens.

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Films such as Pompei [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anna Falguères and John Shank
film profile
]
by Anna Falguères and John Shank (released by Cinéart on 4 March), Working Girls [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anne Paulicevich and Frédér…
film profile
]
by Frédéric Fonteyne and Anne Paulicevich (released by O’Brother on 12 February), Adoration [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Fabrice du Welz
film profile
]
by Fabrice du Welz (released by Imagine on 15 January) and Lucky [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Olivier Van Hoofstadt (released by Anga on 26 February) are, or very soon will be available to stream on different VOD platforms. This is also the case for Losers Revolution [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Thomas Ancora and Grégory Beghin, which was released on 11 March by its producer Kwassa Films, only to enjoy a mere three-day stint in movie theatres.

Kwassa is allowing the online release of another of its films: Jumbo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Zoé Wittock
film profile
]
by Zoé Wittock, distributed by O’Brother, whose original release date was 18 March.

The Minister for Culture Bénédicte Linard and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre are pleased to note that, during this troubled time, producers, distributers and broadcasters are coming together to propose an alternative to cinema releases for Belgian films (this news item might also be of interest), even if the primary distribution channel is, and should always remain, movie theatres.

So as to keep all the necessary information in one place, and to help users find films easily, the website lecinemabelgealamaison.be is providing a list of all the platforms where these films are available, as well as of platforms such as Auvio (RTBF), Proximus, Voo, Universciné and Uncut where viewers can also gain access to a great many Belgian films.

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(Translated from French)

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