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Dutch & Belgian Cinema

Like New Zealand, Belgium and the Netherlands have small populations and consequently small film budgets that rely heavily on government funding. As a result film makers from these countries, like our own, have a reputation for innovative methods and a roll-your-sleeves-up attitude. When Dutch director Paul Verhoeven first moved to Hollywood he was stunned by the excess of the industry there; his second U.S. film, 'Robocop', contains many digs at the ultimate consumerist society that were not in the original script he was given. In 1992 three Belgian film students released their daring and controversial film, 'Man Bites Dog'; made on a shoe-string this film proves the point that it doesn't take great amounts of money to make great films - just plenty of imagination, dedication and a fair amount elbow grease. Pictured: A scene from castrato Farinelli's colourful and eventful life

Girl (2018)

7.2/10
Director: Lukas Dhont
Starring: Victor Polster

Lara, a 15-year-old girl who was born in a boy's body, is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. Read more

Brimstone (2016)

7.1/10
Director: Martin Koolhoven
Starring: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Kit Harington, Emilia Jones, Carice Van Houten

'Brimstone' is an epic thriller set in the old west. A triumphant tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against a violent past that refuses to fad... Read more

Raw (2015)

7/10
Director: Julia Ducournau
Starring: Ella Rumpf, Garance Marillier

Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary... Read more

The Brand New Testament (2015)

7.1/10
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Benoit Poelvoorde, Francois Damiens, Yolande Moreau, Pili Gro...

In Belgian director Jaco Van Dormaels universe, God (Benoit Poelvoorde) is a mean-spirited bastard lounging around his Brussels apartment in dressing... Read more

The Salvation (2014)

6.7/10
Director: Kristian Levring
Starring: Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt

1870, America. Danish immigrant Jon (Mads Mikkelsen) has been waiting for years to bring his wife and son to the United States. When he finally succee... Read more

Two Days, One Night (2014)

7.4/10
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Fabrizio Rongione, Marion Cotillard

Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one w... Read more

The House of Magic ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

6.3/10
Director: Ben Stassen, Jeremie Degruson

An utterly charming and marvellously realised effort across the board, this action-packed fantasy adventure comes from the Belgian animation studio re... Read more

The House of Magic (2013)

6.3/10
Director: Ben Stassen, Jeremie Degruson

An utterly charming and marvellously realised effort across the board, this action-packed fantasy adventure comes from the Belgian animation studio re... Read more

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

7.8/10
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Jan Bijvoet

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enth... Read more

Jackie (2012)

6.8/10
Director: Antoinette Beumer
Starring: Holly Hunter, Carice Van Houten, Jelka van Houten

Dutch twin sisters travel to America to look for their long-lost mother. Read more