André Bonzel - Belgian filmmaker

André Bonzel

The Film maker

André Bonzel is a  film director, a screenwriter and a producer.

He met Rémy Belvaux and Benoît Poelvoorde when he moved to Belgium to study at the INSAS, a University College of cinema.

Rémy Belvaux and André Bonzel also co-directed a short parody in 1987,  “ Pas de C4 pour Daniel”, with Benoît Poelvoorde.

Belgian Film Maker - Andre Bonzel

André Bonzel, Remy Belvaux and Benoît Poelvoorde had practically no budget at all to make this movie. They were studying Cinema in Belgium at that time, and had to make their own movie as their thesis. They decided to film in black and white, and went for a black humor fiction which would look like a documentary.

The movie was a huge success in 1992 and quickly became a cult movie. The movie won numerous prizes like the International Critics Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1992.

24 February – 9.00pm

Screening & Q&A
“Man Bites Dog”

Book your tickets now to see the screening of “Man Bites Dog” (C’est arrivé près de chez vous) on the 24th of February at Ciné Lumière in London.
Meet the film director André Bonzel after the screening for a Q&A.

“Basically, we paid the movie ourselves, the actors were our school mates and our relatives.”

André Bonzel about Man Bites Dog

Most famous movie

Man bites dog

1992. André Bonzel, Rémy Belvaux and Benoît Poelvoorde


The activities of rampaging, indiscriminate serial killer Ben (Benoît Poelvoorde) are recorded by a willingly complicit documentary team, who eventually become his accomplices and active participants. Ben provides casual commentary on the nature of his work and arbitrary musings on topics of interest to him, such as music or the conditions of low-income housing, and even goes so far as to introduce the documentary crew to his family. But their reckless indulgences soon get the better of them.

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