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Introducing Western Flanders

The city hit the big screen when the 2008 Sundance Film Festival premiered the action-comedy, In Bruges. Written and directed by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, it stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who play hit men ordered by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to hide out in Bruges during the pre-Christmas frenzy. The tagline ‘shoot first, sightsee later’ gives you an idea of the plot – made more bizarre by encounters with a string of surreal Felliniesque characters. It’s peppered with hilariously obscene and un-PC invective about the quaintly pretty city which, to their credit, the people of Bruges seem to find as funny as everyone else.

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