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When Mavela, member of the notorious youth gang Black Bronx, falls madly in love with a boy from a rival gang, she is forced to make a choice between loyalty and love. A choice that will have dramatic consequences.

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Mina (as Sanaa Alaoui)
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Mavela
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Marwan
Sanaa Bourrasse ...
Loubna
Natascha Boyamba ...
Justelle
Soufiane Chilah ...
Nassim
Brahim El Abdouni ...
Matti
Simon Frey ...
Jonathan
Faysel Ichakarene ...
Redouan
Théo Kabeya ...
Notorious
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Krazy-E
Glody Lombi ...
Angela
Axel Masudi ...
CMM
Brandon Masudi ...
Alonzo
Lorris Masudi ...
Pookie
Laetitia Nouhhaïdi ...
Christelle
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Doris
Marine Scandiuzzi ...
Sindi
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X
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Agent Meysen
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Don

Directed by

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Adil El Arbi
Bilall Fallah

Written by

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Nele Meirhaeghe ... (screenplay by) and
Adil El Arbi ... (screenplay by) &
Bilall Fallah ... (screenplay by) and
Hans Herbots ... (screenplay by)
 
Dirk Bracke ... (novels «Black» & «Back»)

Produced by

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Abhishek Bagchi ... consulting producer
Marc Dalmans ... line producer
Candice Falesse ... Production coordinator
Bert Hamelinck ... producer
Alexandra Jans ... assistant producer
Olivier Rausin ... co-producer
Charlotte Van Hassel ... associate producer
Marie Van Innis ... associate producer
Frank Van Passel ... producer
Kobe Van Steenberghe ... producer
Ivy Vanhaecke ... producer
Hendrik Verthé ... producer

Music by

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Hannes De Maeyer

Cinematography by

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Robrecht Heyvaert

Film Editing by

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Adil El Arbi
Bilall Fallah
Kobe Van Steenberghe

Editorial Department

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Ward Geerts ... post production supervisor
Olivier Lambrechts ... first assistant editor
Tom Mulder ... colorist
Frederik Sonck
Kevin Szmir ... data wrangler
Matias Vanraes ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Stijn Verhoeven

Art Direction by

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Stijn Verhoeven

Costume Design by

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Nina Caspari

Makeup Department

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Dorien Biesmans ... makeup artist
Natascha Matheuwezen ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Corentin De Saedeleer ... post-production manager
Yves Van De Paer ... production assistant
Sara Van Zandycke ... post-production supervisor
Mieke Vanhoucke ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Abhishek Bagchi ... associate director
Peter Ghesquière ... first assistant director
Kobe Van Steenberghe ... second unit director

Art Department

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Myrthe Douma ... assistant art director
Lunia Gigase ... props on set
Zoë Jaspaert ... set dresser
Stijn Van Acker ... carpenter
Stijn Verhoeven ... set designer

Sound Department

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Céline Bernard ... foley artist
François Fripiat ... sound effects editor
Maarten Leemans ... boom operator
Antoine Ly ... sound
Fabien Pochet ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Sonhouse ... sound
Joeri Verspecht ... sound mixer
Jean-Louis Viroux ... foley editor
Roland Voglaire ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Thomas Desmet ... special effects
Arne Normon ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Tony Marioni ... digital compositor
Manon Martin ... visual effects

Stunts

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Olivier Bisback ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ruben Appeltans ... first assistant camera
Boris Godfroid ... additional second assistant camera
Nathan Lederman ... additional second assistant camera
Jan Lemmens ... steadicam operator
Ken Sody ... apprentice electrician
Michael Swennen ... best boy
Wim Swinnen ... gaffer
Arno Van Cutsem ... second assistant camera
Kobe Van Steenberghe ... b camera operator
Steven Vanvolsem ... steadicam
Jeroen Verdonck ... key grip
Jo Voets ... still photographer

Animation Department

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Amira Daoudi ... layout artist

Casting Department

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Caroline Bastin ... casting

Location Management

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Julien Clip ... location manager / location scout
Rachid El Mousati ... location manager / location scout
Annemie Janssens ... location manager

Music Department

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Wim Coryn ... music licenses

Additional Crew

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Vicky Colin ... production assistant
Andreas Hasle ... post-production supervisor/executive producer post-production
Katrien Hendrickx ... Tax Shelter film financing
Caroline Houben ... production accountant
Hans Lettany ... title designer
Kristoffel Mertens ... Tax Shelter film financing / promotion and marketing: for Caviar Films
Christophe Toulemonde ... head of fiction: Caviar
Yves Van De Paer ... production trainee

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang. The city of Brussels, plagued by high rates of youth unemployment, is home to nearly forty street gangs, and the number of young people drawn into the city's gang culture increases each year. It's in this criminal milieu that directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah set Black, a pulse-pounding contemporary take on a Shakespearean tragedy. Worlds collide when Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio), a teenage girl with ties to Brussels' Black Bronx gang, meets Marwan (Aboubakr Bensaihi), a member of a rival Moroccan gang, at a police station. Keenly aware of the consequences of getting involved with someone from another gang, they at first resist their attraction to one another, but they can only resist for so long. Just when they've started to imagine a different life for themselves, a terrifying incident reminds Mavela where she belongs - and, more precisely, to whom. In order to break free, Mavela and Marwan will have to betray the very loyalties on which their gangs are founded. And they know what lies ahead for them if they don't. El Arbi and Fallah's film moves forward at an electrifying pace, with furious energy and a gritty realism reminiscent of epic gangster films like City of God and Goodfellas. Ricocheting from moments of extreme tenderness to scenes of extreme violence, and enhanced by the raw performances of its young leads, Black is a full-on, no-holds-barred experience that will resonate long after you've left the cinema. Written by KERRI CRADDOCK

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Also Known As
  • Black - L'amore ai tempi dell'odio (Italy)
  • Fekete (Hungary)
  • Black - Amor em Tempos de Ódio (Portugal)
  • Черни (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Negru (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Budget EUR1,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This is the movie that caught the eye of Hollywood, and got directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi the job of directing Bad Boys for Life (2020), after Joe Carnahan dropped out. See more »
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