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Belgium 2014. Dirs: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah. 100 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE | The mean streets of Brussels are the setting — and Martin Scorsese’s urban cinema an avowed inspiration — for this timely, fast-paced Belgian drama about media ethics, immigrant violence, and the representation of ethnic minorities. Eva (Laura Verlinden), an ambitious young reporter working for TV news legend Herman (Gene Bervoets), is determined to get the real story on riots in the troubled suburb of Molenbeek (now internationally notorious after recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels). When Eva enlists Lahbib (Nabil Mallat), a young Moroccan tough, as her guide to this complicated world, events evolve in unexpected ways. Co-directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, both Brussels-based filmmakers of Moroccan heritage, have attracted Hollywood attention for their punchy, powerhouse movies, and were recently announced as directors of the forthcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4. In Dutch and French with English subtitles.