To mark the release of The Frame, a unique UHD TV allowing you to broadcast your favorite artwork when it’s switched off, we join forces with Samsung and handpick 10 iconic Belgian movie posters. From the essential (La Promesse) to the graphic (De Zaak Alzheimer) and the revolutionary (23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles), we zoom in on the artwork that positioned these movies for longevity.
1 – Brussels by Night (Marc Didden – 1983)
After a failed suicide attempt, Max is aimlessly wandering the streets until he meets Alice, a bar keeper, and Abdel, her customer. What follows is a dramatic escalation that climaxes on the Ronquières inclined plane. A low-budget film partly financed by Herman Schueremans – organiser of Rock Werchter – Didden’s unconventional drama centers on the dark side of 1980s Brussels. The poster itself epitomises the depressive mindset of the protagonist and eludes to his mysterious encounters.
2 – La Promesse (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – 1996)
Early in their career, the Dardennes choose to focus on Igor, the son of a human trafficker. But when one of the undocumented immigrants is killed, his moral conscious is tested and what follows is an unravelling of their criminal activity. Critically acclaimed, this film shines a light on the dark underground world of Belgians living on the peripheries of society. The poster features one of their iconic bikes and reflects the fast-paced drama that Igor becomes increasingly caught up in.
3 – De Zaak Alzheimer (Erik Van Looy – 2003)
Detectives Vincke and Verstuyft are the best on the force. When a former hitman developing Alzheimer’s becomes their main suspect for multiple murders, will they get a conviction or will they finally meet their match? Based on the novel by Jef Geeraerts, it’s not one for the faint of heart – it’s gritty and intense in equal measure. In the background of this poster there is a standoff between law enforcement, with their suspect fading into the abyss.
4 – 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman – 1975)
Jeanne Dielman is not your ordinary housewife. Aside from entertaining male clients when she’s not looking after her son, her life takes an unprecedented turn when she’s forced to make a difficult decision in order to safeguard her interests. The New York Times called it the “first masterpiece of the feminine in the history of the cinema”. Emphasizing the feminine touch, Ackerman insisted on an all-female crew, and the long static shots firmly focuses the audience’s attention on Jeanne at all times. The poster’s understated nature reflects the suspense built behind closed doors in this portrayal of 1970’s Brussels.
5- Bunker Paradise (Stefan Liberski – 2005)
Young taxi driver Mimmo is desperately fascinated by a group of rich and misanthropic friends. He finally has the opportunity to be accepted, when one night he delivers one of their dying friends to their doorstep. Liberski’s visually spectacular film maintains suspense, whilst the soundtrack lingers long after the credits have rolled. The choice of such an unsettling stare in this poster resonates with the audience, as the voyeuristic quality of this film is alluded to.
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