Moscow, Belgium will open the 27th edition of the Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue - Recipient of three awards at the Cannes Film Festival

    ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Organizing Committee of the
Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue's 27th edition
proudly announces that the Festival will open on October 25, 2008, with
Christophe Van Rompaey's Moscow, Belgium. Van Rompaey's first feature-length
film received three Critics' Week awards at the 61st Annual Cannes Film
Festival in May 2008. The awards were attributed by the SADC (Société des
Auteurs et des Compositeurs Dramatiques) for best first film, the ACID/CCAS
(Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion/Centre Communal d'Action
Sociale) and the Grand rail d'or des cheminots cinéphiles.
    This fiction takes place in Moscow, a working class neighborhood in
Belgium. Matty, mother of three, bumps her car into Johnny's truck on the
parking lot of a supermarket. Johnny is furious at the damage done to his
bumper and yells insults at Matty. She fights back. Their discussion turns
into a row, and the police have to intervene. Johnny calls Matty to apologize
for his behavior, but she tells him to stay out of her life. Later, Johnny
comes to fix the dent in Matty's car. She finally accepts Johnny's invitation
to go out for drinks. They end up in bed together. Matty's husband, Werner,
left Matty a few months ago for a younger woman. Johnny's coming into Matty's
life awakens a very strong feeling of jealousy within Werner, who wants to win
back his ex-wife. The two men engage in a steamy battle...a situation that
Matty does not find so displeasing.
    A PRIVATE VIEW production, this film is distributed in Quebec by
METROPOLE FILM. The cast includes Barbara Safarian, Jurgen Delnaet and Johan
Heldenbergh. Moscow, Belgium is a real gem, an ode to life, a nod to
happiness. "With Moscow, Belgium, the 27th edition of the Festival du cinéma
international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue will kick off in a breeze of happiness"
according to Jacques Matte, President of the Festival. Film critics say that
Moscow, Belgium is a realistic movie of popular cinema genre, putting the
characters up front and exposing their hopes and fragilities so that the
audience can really relate to them.
    After the North American premiere of Van Rompaey's Moscow, Belgium in
Rouyn-Noranda, the film will be released in movie theaters in Quebec starting
Friday, October 31, 2008.

    The 27th edition of the Festival du cinéma international en
Abitibi-Témiscamingue will be held from October 25 to 30, 2008, in

For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie Belzile; Louis Dallaire, (819)

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