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Zagreb Film Festival
19 - 25 October 2008

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Moscow Belgium / Aanrijding in Moscou
Belgium , 2008

Directed by: Christophe van Rompaey
Script: Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem, Pat van Beirs
Producer: Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem
Production company: A Private View
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
Editing: : Alain Dessauvage
Music: Tuur Florizoone
Cast: Barbara Sarafian, Jurgen Delnaet, Johan Heldenbergh, Anemone Valcke, Sofia Ferri, Julian Borsani

Format: boja, color, 35mm
Running time: 102'

Moscow, or Moscou in Flemish, is a densely populated working class neighbourhood on the outskirts of Ghent, Belgium. Embittered postwoman Matty is facing the start of a middle-age crisis, her husband has abandoned her for a younger woman, leaving her with three pubertal children. When she meets truck driver Johnny, ten years her junior, it takes a while before she responds to his evident interest in her. Gradually Matty and Johnny get together, much to the dismay of her adolescent daughter and husband, now back on the scene. This romantic but not slushy film follows its charismatic heroine on a journey towards happiness and late romance. The story unfolds in Moscow, a working-class neighbourhood of Ghent, a gently humoured tale of mismatched love between a 40-year-old postwoman and a 30-year-old truck driver, told in a civil, realistic style. The superb performances and outstanding dialogues underscore the genuine appeal and engaging credibility of the film.

2008 Cannes International Film Festival, Semaine de la Critique - Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Film 2008 European Film Awards – Nomination

Directors Biography
'Moscow, Belgium' is Christophe van Rompaey’s debut as a feature film director. After his studies, he became casting director and assistant director on many shorts, commercials and features. In 2002 he went on to direct twelve episodes of the popular relationship series 'Team Spirit' (2002) and subsequently co-wrote and directed 'Hallelujah' (2004) a comedy series on the romantic misadventures of a guardian angel. In 2007 he directed three episodes of the dark crime series 'Vermist' ('Missing'). Christophe is currently preparing two new feature film projects.

Location and screening schedule:
matinee: SC Cinema, Thursday, October 23rd at 9.00
premiere: SC Cinema, Thursday, October 23rd at 20.00
reprisal: EUROPA Cinema, Friday, October 24th at 10.00

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