The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema, Altiplano, June 20th


Over the past two decades, Belgian cinema has risen to prominence in the international filmmaking arena, boasting richly diverse films that consistently garner critical praise and worldwide anticipation. From the unsettling but still urgently relevant MAN BITES DOG to the quirky and vibrant tale of identity mix-up in TOTO THE HERO, the monumental saga DAENS and the Oscar nominated films EVERYBODY FAMOUS, BULLHEAD and A CAT IN PARIS, and the string of critically-lauded dramatic works by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (with the recently acclaimed THE KID WITH A BIKE), the Belgian film industry Has proven its dexterity in tone and its originality in aesthetic.

Grit and Whimsy is the monthly Belgian film series, organized by the Consulate General of Belgium, in partnership with the American Cinemathèque. June 2012 film from this series is Altiplano Altiplano will be screened on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403.

(2009, First Run Features, 109 min.)

Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth. Set in the Andes of Peru, optometrist Max (Dardenne brothers regular Olivier Gourmet) and his adrift photojournalist wife Grace (Jasmin Tabatabai) are installing a rural clinic offering free eye surgery to the indiginous population. When a soon-to-be-married villager dies from an illness related to the nearby mining activity, Max and Grace find themselves caught up in battle that has the locals vehemently uprising against the mining company.  Official selection of the Cannes International Critics’ Week.

In Spanish, French, Quecha and Persian with English subtitles.

100 free tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP to 1 guest allowed.Due to the success of our series, complimentary tickets need to be picked up by 7:15 pm.

Belgian Film Series screenings in Los Angeles is organized by the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles, in cooperation with Flanders Image and Wallonie Bruxelles Images, with the support of E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America).


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