BIFFF lets 'Sunshine' in

Boyle pic to open Brussels sci-fi fest

Danny Boyle's space drama "Sunshine" and the Carrie-Anne Moss starrer "Disturbia" are among eight films that will have their European premieres next month at the 25th annual Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film.

The BIFFF, which runs April 5-17, includes 76 movies from 27 nations and will feature the world premieres of Lloyd Kaufman's "Poultrygeist," Michael Winnick's "Shadow Puppets" and Uwe Boll's "In the Name of the King" along with the European premieres of Wisit Sasanatieng's "The Unseeable," Byeong-ki Ahn's "Apt" and Keita Amemiya's "Unholy Women."

"Sunshine," which will open the festival, stars Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans and Michele Yeoh in an Alex Garland-scripted sci-fi tale about a mission to re-ignite the sun. Suspense thriller "Disturbia" — a modern retelling of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" — will close the fest.

The festival also is moving to Brussels' refurbished Tour and Taxis industrial heritage complex, which includes a specially built 1,200-seat movie theater, the biggest in Belgium.

BIFFF will include a "Star Wars" 30th anniversary convention, a retrospective of the early works of Japanese director Sogo Ishii, a Japanimation Day, body art galleries and the annual Ball of the Vampires. The festival's guest of honor will be Syd Mead, the industrial designer who influenced the look of such sci-fi classics as "Blade Runner," "Aliens" and "Tron."