Considers transnational, national and regional concepts within contemporary francophone Belgian cinema. Includes detailed case studies of five key filmmakers to emerge from Belgium and Wallonia: the Dardenne brothers; Joachim Lafosse; Olivier Masset-Depasse; Lucas Belvaux; and Bouli Lanners. Provides a new outlook on European film cultures and cinemas from small nations that share linguistic partners.
About the Author
Jamie Steele is Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Bath Spa University, having previously taught at both the University of Exeter and University of Bristol. He has published journal articles and book chapters for edited collections on regional, national and transnational cinema in a francophone Belgian context.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Exploring Nationalisms in Belgium, Brussels and Wallonia
Chapter 1: The (francophone) Belgian film ecosystem: trends in production, distribution and exhibition
Chapter 2: 'No Future': social marginalisation, social precariousness and depictions of Seraing in Le gamin au vélo (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2011) and Deux jours, Une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014)
Chapter 3: 'Stills' and fragmented families: contemplating the private sphere in Joachim Lafosse's Wallonia
Chapter 4: From slag heaps to cliffs: the 'marked' regional landscape in Cages (Olivier Masset-Depasse, 2006)
Chapter 5: The francophone Belgian road movie: Eldorado (Bouli Lanners, 2008) and Ultranova (Bouli Lanners, 2005)
Chapter 6: Lucas Belvaux's return: the thriller genre and heists in Liège