The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.
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Jo
Tom Vermeir ...
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Ferre
Dominique Van Malder ...
Manu Dewaey
Ben Benaouisse ...
Momo
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Tim Coppens
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Hélène De Vos ...
Marieke
Jean-Michel Balthazar ...
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Bo De Bosschere ...
Wibo
Sam Louwyck ...
Rodrigo
Anjana Dierckx ...
Katrien
Hannes Reckelbus ...
Jan
Silvanous Saow ...
Rudy Rasta
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The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

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Café Belgica  »

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Matthias Schoenaerts was cast as one of the lead brothers, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts with Maryland (2015). Tom Vermeir was cast instead. See more »

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Ferocious movie - Rough edge – Bitter aftertaste
9 March 2016 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

-Belgica is a 2016 Belgian drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, written by Van Groeningen en Arne Sierens. The two main roles are played by Stef Aerts as Jo and Tom Vermeir as Frank. The soundtrack is especially composed by Soulwax. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2016, where it opened the World Dramatic Competition, and will be cinematically released on 2 March 2016. It's the first film by Van Groeningen since The Broken Circle Breakdown from 2012, which garnered an Academy Award nomination.

--Reception: -Felix van Groeningen won the "Best Director, World Cinema Dramatic section" award at the 2016 Sundance Festival for the movie. On 17 February 2016, it was announced that Netflix had acquired the global rights to the movie, except for a few European countries including the home country Belgium.

--Soundtrack: -The soundtrack consists of 15 pieces of music by Soulwax, a band formed by two brothers from Ghent, composed specifically for the movie. They created different fictional bands, all with their own style, performing at the club. Many reviews of the film specifically discussed the soundtrack, with Lanre Bakare in The Guardian calling it "a great Soulwax soundtrack" in the 4-star review. It will be released on PIAS Recordings on 26 February 2016.

--Production: -The film was shot in Ghent in December 2014 and January 2015.


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