Our latest Cinema in Belgium articles offers up four more of the latest films.
Two of the great actors of their generation, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci, are together for this moving, ultimately heartbreaking tale of the end of things. Firth plays concert pianist Sam, life partner of writer Tusker (Tucci), who has been diagnosed with early onset dementia. Tusker announces that he wants to take his own life before his condition becomes too severe, but Sam is desperate for him not to, a situation that will keep you gripped until the film’s final frame. Harry McQueen (Hinterland, 2014) directs.
Hugh Jackman stars in this sci-fi, that is more than a little reminiscent of Total Recall (1990) and Strange Days (1995) – Nick Bannister (Jackman) lives in a near-future Miami flooded by rising seas, and he can offer clients the chance to relive any memory they desire. His life changes when he meets a mysterious young woman named Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). What begins as a simple matter of lost and found changes when a different client’s memories implicate Mae in a series of violent crimes. It’s the first feature from previous TV director Lisa Joy (Westworld, 2016).
This is a direct sequel to the original 1992 film – all four films in the franchise are based on the work of Clive Barker. Tony Todd and Vanessa Estelle Williams reprise their roles from the original film – for as long as the residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood have been terrorized by the word-of-mouth ghost story about the supernatural killer Daniel Robitaille, aka Candyman, who is summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. Nia DaCosta (Little Woods, 2019) directs – horror awaits…
Des hommes (Homefront)
They were called to Algeria at the time of the ‘events’ in 1960. Two years later, Gérard Depardieu and others returned to France. They were silent, they lived their lives. But sometimes it takes almost nothing, a birthday, a gift that fits in your pocket, as forty years later, the past bursts into the lives of those who thought they could deny it. Belgian actor Lucas Belvaux is at the helm.