Of the 14 films being presented this year by the 27th Brussels International Film Festival (19-29 January 2000) in the official competition, no less than four of German origin.
- Rolf Schübel's tragic love story GLOOMY SUNDAY, currently screening in German cinemas, is not only taking part in the competition, but will also be shown as the official closing film as part of the gala awards ceremony;
- OTOMO by Frieder Schlaich, which is viewing almost at the same time in Rotterdam for the Tiger Award, was also invited to the competition in Brussels - a special honour since the festivals normally avoid such double invitations;
- Roland Suso Richter has AFTER THE TRUTH in the running for the Crystal Star. The film with Kai Wiesinger and Götz George in the leads was premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September.
- and also LUNA PAPA by Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov, a German-Austrian-Swiss-Russian-French coproduction produced by Karl Baumgartner's Pandora Film, can also be seen in the official competition.
Only European productions can take part in the competition of this festival rich in tradition; the number of films shown is purposely kept low. The main award - the Crystal Star - is linked with promotion and distribution support measures worth over DM 200,000. Due to the very small competition and its very highly remunerated main award, the film festival in Brussels is consequently one of the most attractive film events in Europe.
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