“There’s something very Lynchian in this artsy, deadpan, genre-blending film that makes it a worthy homage that also feels wildly original.” - Louisa Moore, Screen Zealots

Friday, March 8, 8:00 p.m. | In Claude Schmitz’s David Lynchian, moody film noir, small-time, private detective Gabriel Laurens (Olivier Rabourdin) is recruited by his niece Jade to investigate the suspicious death of her father, his estranged twin brother. As he is pulled into a murky world of drug traffickers, motorcycle gangs, and witless cops, while also serving as a substitute father for Jade, Gabriel seeks to discover the truth about the dead man he looks exactly like. Following its premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight Competition at the Cannes Film Festival, THE OTHER LAURENS nabbed the Grand Prix Award and Best Actor prize for Rabourdin at the Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF), and was praised by Jordan Mintzer at the Hollywood Reporter as “an intriguing little family mystery filled with bits of dark comedy and weirdness—this is a Belgian movie after all.” 

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Grand Prix, National Competition, Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF)
Winner - Best Actor (Olivier Rabourdin), National Competition, Brussels International Film Festival (BRIFF)
Nominee - Quinzaine des cinéastes, Cannes Director's Fortnight

Chicago European Union Film Festival - Spotlight on BelgiumJoin us this year as we dive into the best of Belgian cinema new and old. Presenting Chicago audiences with a potent cultural immersion and showcasing bright new native talents alongside a slice of repertory favorites. View full festival.

The Film Center thanks the consulates, consuls general, and cultural institutes of the European Union in Chicago and their embassies in Washington, D.C., for their support, partnership, and collaboration. Special thanks to Paul M. Van Halteren, president of EuroChicago and Honorary Consul of Belgium in Illinois, and our 2024 Belgium Spotlight partners:

Belgian Presidency of the EU CouncilBe BrusselsFlandersWallonia ExportWallonie BruxellesFederation WalloniaEuro CircleEUC

European Union Center w/European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign through support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu