Brussels takes on a green hue this week, with two environmentally-themed festivals gracing the screens. In addition to the Green Movie Days (22-24 March), the ULB is hosting the 2nd edition of its Science Film Festival (19-25 March).
Although most of the programme is in French, a few English titles do feature, one of which is the documentary Up in Smoke which opened the festival last night to a packed auditorium.
Directed by British helmer Adam Wakeling, who was on hand to take questions from the audience following last night’s screening, Up In Smoke tells the story of British scientist Mike Hands who finds a solution to – quite literally – a burning issue. Working with farming communities in Honduras that engage in slash-and-burn agriculture, Mike opens their eyes to a better alternative. A truly touching film well worth seeing so make sure to catch it when it screens again this Sunday. You can read more about the film here.
Another film in English is Plastic Planet directed by Austrian filmmaker Werner Boote. Boote takes us on a journey across 14 countries to discover just how dangerous the ubiquitous material of plastic really is. Take a look at the trailer at the beginning of this post.
Plastic Planet screens at 2pm on Saturday and Up in Smoke at 4pm on Sunday. Tickets for each cost a mere €1.50 for adults and €1 for children. All films are being shown at the salle Dupréel on the ULB Solbosch campus, in Ixelles. For further details, see the official website.