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The Misfortunates, Strong Drink and Misadventures: A Movie Review

19 October 2010 4:31 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The Misfortunates DVDDirector: Felix van Groeningen.

Writer: Christophe Dirickx, Dimitri Verhulst and Felix van Groeningen.

The Misfortunates is a Belgium language film from director Felix van Groeningen. The film recently had a showing on DVD September 28th through Evokative Films in Canada, with Neoclassic Films handling Us distribution. A real life look at writer Dimitri Verhulst's early life, The Misfortunates shows the stumbling blocks of lower class life, which involves alcoholism, family dysfunction and poverty. The Strobbe's, who are the focus of the film, band together through drink, but also through a common bond of love.

The film begins with a young Kleine Strobbe of thirteen living with his alcoholic father, where there are no signs of a mother. Kleine's mother left the family at an early age and now Kleine is raised by three more family members who love strong drink, his three uncles. Soon there are misadventures »

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More Canadian dates for 'The Misfortunates' from Evokative Films

24 March 2010 8:19 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The latest acquisition from Montreal based Evokative Films, The Misfortunates, will start its cross country tour in a couple weeks starting here in Toronto then off to Ottawa and Vancouver.

Montreal, Wednesday March 24th, 2010 - After opening in Montreal on March 19th to unanimously positive reviews, Felix van Groeningen's The Misfortunates(Original title De Helaasheid Der Dingen, French title La Merditude Des Choses) will now be screening in Toronto from April 9th at the Canada Square Theatre in Flemish with English subtitles. The film will then go on to play in Ottawa from April 30th at the Mayfair Theatre and in Vancouver from May 14th at the Cinemark Tinseltown Theatre. Other engagements throughout Canada will follow.

The rest of the press release is after the break »

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Belgian Oscar Submission The Misfortunates Hits Canadian Screens Starting March 19th!

1 March 2010 10:06 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Like the headline says. This one's a favorite around here so get out and give it a look if you can:

Evokative Films is very pleased to announce the theatrical release of Felix van Groeningen's The Misfortunates (De Helaasheid Der Dingen). The film will debut in Montreal on March 19th at the AMC Forum Theatre with a Flemish with English subtitles print and at the Cinéma Beaubien with a Flemish with French subtitles print. The Misfortunates will then go on to play in Toronto from April 9th at the Canada Square Theatre (venue may change), in Ottawa from April 30th at the Mayfair Theatre and in Vancouver from May 14th at the Cinemark Tinseltown Theatre. Other engagements throughout Canada will follow.

Gunther Strobbe is a 13 years old boy who lives in his grandmother's house in a small Belgian town with his alcoholic father and three uncles. Life in the household is clearly dysfunctional, »

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A real blockbuster ... in Iceland

9 February 2010 7:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The eccentric Icelandic comedy Mr Bjarnfredarson has swept the country's movie awards and reached 20% of the population. But will the outside world care?

If Avatar has taught us anything, it's that making a film that's both critically acclaimed and commercially successful takes years of work, hundreds of millions of dollars, cutting-edge technology and a script about a Jesusy blue chap who rides around on a flying pike and gets off with sexy aliens whenever he can.

Although maybe that's just applicable to America. Iceland, on the other hand, appears to prefer downbeat comedies about ex-convicts. Last week, Icelandic comedy/drama Mr Bjarnfredarson became the most nominated film at the Icelandic film and television awards, picking up 11 nods for everything from best film to best director to best make-up. It accounts for three of the best leading actor nominations, too, which does seem a little inexplicable. The Prison Shift, the TV »

- Stuart Heritage

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PSIFF10 / Belgian Cinema: The Misfortunates (2009): Q&A With Felix Van Groeningen

4 February 2010 3:45 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Along with The Over the Hill Band and Altiplano, the third Belgian feature I caught at PSIFF10 was Felix Van Groeningen's The Misfortunates (2009), Belgium's official submission to the Academy Awards® foreign language category. Though it did not make the Oscar® shortlist, The Misfortunates won the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival's Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and three Golden Starfish Awards (Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography) at the 17th Hamptons International Film Festival.

Adapted from Flemish author Dimitri Verhulst's semi-autobiographical novel De helaasheid der dingen (The Alasness of Things), the condensely-entitled Misfortunates is--as Boyd von Hoeij writes at Variety--"a bittersweet meditation on whether familial love and pride are enough to sustain a proper upbringing."

As with its Belgian counterpart Altiplano, The Misfortunates frequently shifts its palette from black and white to color and so I felt compelled to open the Q&A questioning on that stylistic choice. »

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