The film director André Delvaux was known as “the godfather of the Belgian film industry”, having put his small country on the film map after his first feature film, The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short, won international acclaim in 1965. His works often mingled realism and fantasy in a style labelled “magic realism”. Though his films tended to find more favour with critics than public, he had great success with such titles as Un soir, un train (One Night . . . a Train, 1968) and Rendez-vous à Bray (Rendezvous in Bray, 1971).
Before the advent of Delvaux, Belgium had been known as a country that enthusiastically promoted international cinema via several film festivals and had an enviably extensive archive in its Cinemathèque Royale, but could boast no native film industry. Too small a country for a commercial film to make a profit through domestic success alone, and further fragmented by bilingualism, Belgium was once described by the… read more