Indie Memphis celebrates Belgian cinema with Memphis in May - Four films at three venues during the month of May

Memphis in May

Indie Memphis continues its six-year collaboration with the Memphis in May International Festival, presenting four contemporary Belgian films at three venues during the month of May as part of Memphis in May's Salute to Belgium.

The film series features: The Misfortunates (2009), The Over the Hill Band (2009), The Barons (2009), and Rumba (2008), the later of which is being presented as part of a yet-to-be-announced film series at the Evergreen Theatre.

Admission for each film is $7 at the door / $5 for Indie Memphis members. Not already a member or need to renew? Visit to to take advantage of Indie Memphis discounts and help support our year-round programming.

The Misfortunates

The Misfortunates (De helaasheid der dingen)
7 pm Wednesday, May 4 @ Studio on the Square

Presented on 35mm film, The Misfortunates tells the story of 13-year-old Gunther Strobbe, who grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life – but can he defy his destiny?

Official Belgian submission for the 2010 Academy Awards

The Over the Hill Band

The Over the Hill Band (Meisjes)
2 pm Saturday, May 7 and 7 pm Thursday, May 19 @ Brooks Museum of Art

The Over the Hill Band is the story of a 70-year-old woman who used to sing in a girls band when she was much, much younger. After the death of her husband, she decides to go on stage again. She asks her rebel son -- down and out R&B musician Sid -- to help her start a new band with two girlfriends from the old days. Sid would rather drown in the North Sea than sharing the stage with mommy dearest, but in the end he agrees. On one condition: it has to be his music.

The Barons

The Barons (Les Barons)
7 pm Thursday, May 12 @ Studio on the Square

Presented on 35mm film, The Barons tells the story of, Hassan, Aziz and Mounir, three friends who lead a life of pleasant apathy in modern-day Brussels. Calling themselves 'The Barons,' they spend their days loafing around in unhurried torpor, bantering between each other and adhering to a curious theory which postulates that the fewer steps one takes in a lifetime, the richer and more satisfying one’s interior life. When real life crashes unpleasantly into their dream world, the three are forced to deal with life, love and the future.


7 pm Monday, May 23 @ Evergreen Theatre

Told with little music or dialogue to deflect from its clever slapstick, Rumba tells the story of Fiona and Dom, a happy couple who teach in a rural school and have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn upside down. Leaning heavily on the comedic styles of Jacques Tati, the film pursues the eternal question of whether two people can be eternally happy through deliberate and staunch cheerfulness.