For the opening of the Brussels Independent Film Festival we'll be screening a selection of films in the most unique venue Brussels has to offer, the Atomium.
The Atomium is a building in Brussels originally constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (60 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It is now a museum and one of the locations of our festival.
GALERIES is located in the outstanding setting of the Royal Gallery Saint-Hubert in the heart of Brussels and is a new place dedicated to cinema and art house film in all it forms. The cinema was built in 1939 by the architect Paul Bonduelle, at a request of the Oswald brothers and Robert Putzeys. It is a listed monument since 1993 because of its historical and artistic value. The style of the cinema is between Art Deco and Modernism with a subtle Mediterranean and Romanesque decoration.
underground exhibition hall
The underground exhibition hall of Cinema GALERIES, a wonderful convolution of vaulted rooms, will serve as the setting for our 'Underground Film Vault' screenings, a gallery of carefully selected experimental films.
Cinema GALERIES' exhibition hall has featured a wide program of exhibitions dedicated to independent cinema and contemporary art for several years now, presenting the work of many contemporary artists like Eric Baudelaire, Amos Gitai, David Lynch, Henri Foucault, Etienne Mineur and Pierre Huygue.
Cinema RITCS is located in the bustling heart of Brussels, nearby the Oude Graanmarkt in Antoine Dansaertstraat. It is the in-house movie theatre of the RITCS School of Arts, and the ultimate meeting place for true film lovers. Equipped with the newest digital projection technology and a seven-metre-wide screen, it offers 125 cinema seats that provide a first-class experience of the fascinating world of the moving image.