CANALS IN BRUGES. Bruges is often called "The Venice of the North" due to its picturesque canals which are found through the city center. These canals can be explored on foot or by boat. Fiona Campbell explores the cobbled streets and quiet canals which serve as a film set to “In Bruges”, the new gangster comedy staring Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes. The quiet canals and cobbled streets are like a holy kiss of calm, and the once thriving Renaissance merchant city is studded with fabulous artworks. Bruges is in the spotlight this week with the opening of the edgy gangster comedy, “In Bruges”, staring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, where two gangsters' lives are changed by the fairytale city.