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Benoît Poelvoorde, Namur and Belgian cinema's favourite son!
Namur is Benoît Poelvoorde's hometown. A rich city, with its university, its folklore and a cultural life that almost never sleeps.
Actor Benoît Poelvoorde first came to prominence in 1992, in "C’est arrivé près de chez vous". In this original film with a cynical screenplay Benoît (Ben) gives everything he's got without restraint.
And the formula works wonders, C’est arrivé près de chez vous was a huge success and received accolades from the world of cinema in Belgium and abroad.
Such is its success that the film is included in the offical selection at Cannes Film Festival. It also went on to be awarded two prizes at the Sitges International Film Festival in Catalunia, winning Best Film and with Poelvoorde himself bringing home the award for Best actor.
A short history of a great actor
Benoît Poelvoorde was born on 22 September 1964 in Namur. He attended the Jesuit Boarding School of Godinne, before attending, still in Namur, the Félicien Rops Institute where he studied applied arts. Studies which he chose to continue in Brussels.
It was during these studies in Brussels that he met André Bonzel and Rémy Belvaux. Together they created short film Pas de C4 pour Daniel-Daniel in 1988. The next film, C’est arrivé près de chez vous was released in 1992. It would be the beginning of an impressive filmography.
This years sees the release of his latest film, Les Rayures du Zebre, directed by an old friend, Benoît Mariage. The film is a comedy-drama which enables the actor to use the whole range of his talents.
Benoît, Namur and cinema
A son of Namur, where he was born and where his mother ran a grocer's (which still exists today) close to the University, Benoît Poelvoorde remains very attached to the region.
So when he created his Intime Festival Namur was the obvious city in which to hold it. This original literary festival, offers a chance to explore texts and bring them to life and experience reading in a new way.
It's important to know that in Namur, the Walloon capital, Benoît Poelvoode grew up with a solid upbringing of cinematic culture and theatre.
The théâtre de Namur, located in the centre of the city, is part of the everyday lives of the people of Namur. And as far as cinema is concerned, Namur hosts several reputable festivals, such as the FIFF (Festival International du Film Francophone - International French-speaking Film Festival).
But that's not all, there's also the Festival Nature Namur (Namur Nature Festival), Média 10/10 (a professional short fIlms festival) and the KIKK (an international digital film festival). A number of cinematic events that punctuate life in the city of Namur.