Brussels by Night (1983)

In the 1980s, the Flemish city film has its heyday. After years of historical dramas and literary adaptations, Flemish cinema reinvents itself. In his debut, director Marc Didden (1949), a Brussels’ ketje himself, chronicles a desperate murderer’s wanderings through the desolate Brussels’ night.

In the same year – but in a far less dark melancholic atmosphere, Antwerp director Patrick Le Bon makes the first Belgian police film, Zaman.