Magazine article Screen International

Riots Cancel 'Black' Screenings

Magazine article Screen International

Riots Cancel 'Black' Screenings

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Amid turbulent scenes on Wednesday night in Belgium, Kinepolis Brussels had to cancel two screenings of controversial new Belgian movie Black because of rioting.

The film, which won the Discovery Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, is based on a children's book and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

It tells the story of a 15-year-old girl in a gang in Brussels who must choose between loyalty and her heart when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival group.

The much-hyped movie, which opened in Belgium on Wednesday, has a 16 certificate. This meant that teenagers desperate to see the movie could not gain admission.

What many did was to buy tickets for other films and then attempt to slip into the auditoriums that were showing Black. But these screenings were already completely sold out and the youngseter refused to leave the cinema and started to throw objects.

The police were called and Kinepolis eventually responded by cancelling both the 5. …

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