Film Archive

Appunti del passaggio

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Italy,
Switzerland
2016
44 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maria Iorio, Le Souvenir du Présent
Maria Iorio, Raphaël Cuomo
Alessandra Eramo
Gilles Aubry
“I have no visual memory. I remember emotions.” In their remarkably artistically dense documentary Maria Iorio and Raphaël Cuomo combine various statements of contemporary witnesses into the personal report of an Italian who entered Switzerland in 1965 as a migrant labourer. At the core of this representative of many economic refugees from Southern Europe of the time lies the feeling that she is an “outlaw working body”. She feels humiliated and controlled by procedures at the “border health check”, by massive underpay, dangerous working conditions, psychological pressure in the factory and openly expressed, wounding resentment against the foreigners.

The film is a collage of memories given a voice by a female narrator and kept deliberately vague on the visual level. Vague, but extremely effective and openly sceptical about the reality promised by visual evidence. Besides distorted details and negatives of a few surviving photos it’s the restful contemporary video recordings, for example of an abandoned building with all the traces of use, which offer a suitable poetic space to the narrator’s audio report and a voice performance.

André Eckardt
Kids DOK 2016
Arakabus collective

Carola likes Killian, Akhénatin admires Louna. But it’s not easy to approach the other when you don’t have cool clothes and the latest smartphone.

Arakabus

Animated Film
Belgium
2015
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jean-Luc Slock
collective
Simon Médard
Carola likes Killian, Akhénatin admires Louna. But it’s not easy to approach the other when you don’t have cool clothes and the latest smartphone. The directors know what they’re talking about: this film was made by 14 teenagers from Belgium.
International Programme 2016
Belle de nuit – Grisélidis Réal, Self Portraits Marie-Eve de Grave

Multifaceted reflections of Grisélidis Réal, prostitute, artist, writer and feminist pioneer, in personal writings and encounters. A revolutionary whore and a great work.

Belle de nuit – Grisélidis Réal, Self Portraits

Documentary Film
Belgium
2016
74 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Françoise Hoste
Marie-Eve de Grave
Pierre Avia
Jorge Piquer Rodríguez, Sébastien Koeppel
Simon Arazi
Ludovic Van Paschterbeke
Revolution, mind, body, dream. These are the dimensions between which the prostitute and artist Grisélidis Réal moved all her life. Radical in her desires and debased by the wounds of the night she started to write about herself and her experiences in the 1960s, creating a body of work that speaks from the perspective and understanding of a woman who knows no fear and is ready to take any risk.

Grisélidis Réal transformed prostitution into art; director Marie-Eve de Grave transformed her life into a documentary of narrative grandeur. Diary entries, literary sketches, drawings, an address book, archive material, photos, interviews with important companions like the French writer Jean-Luc Hennig form the structure of a dramaturgy in which the different facets of her life are observed as if through a prism and summed up in one word: indomitable. At the same time the film is a journey into a past in which the social debate of sexuality had only just started and anything seemed possible. In 2009, four years after she died, Grisélidis was granted an honorary grave in Geneva, approved by the municipality – right next to the god-fearing reformer Johannes Calvin. Belated satisfaction for a revolutionary whore.

Matthias Heeder
International Programme 2016
Life to Come Claudio Capanna

Eden and Léandro are fighting to survive, surrounded by glass boxes, tubes, monitors and bleeping machines. The fragile world of preemies and their parents.

Life to Come

Documentary Film
Belgium
2016
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anton Iffland Stettner, Eva Kuperman
Claudio Capanna
Inne Eyesermans
Tristan Galand
Christophe Evrard
Claudio Capanna
Thibaut Darscotte, Thibaut Darscotte, Jonathan Vanneste
Eden and Léandro are preemies. The world of their first days and weeks consists of glass cubes, tubes, monitors, bleeping machines, and their mother. She tries to give the children as much human contact and intimacy as possible in the sterile and cold hospital environment, all the time worrying whether her babies will make it and when she can at last take them home. Every gram decides whether the twins are diagnosed as strong enough or not. The parents balance between worries, hope, fear and joy. At the same time they are busy taking care of their three-year-old son Gabriel, who must not be neglected during his mother’s and siblings’ extended stay at the hospital. In calm and atmospheric images the film follows the family very closely without being intrusive.

Kim Busch

Life to Come 360° – Through the Eyes of a Premature Baby

(none)
Belgium,
France,
Qatar
2016
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Cédric Bonin, Pascaline Geoffroy, Anton Iffland Stettner
Fouzi Louahem
Aïdan Obrist
Christophe Reynaud
Fouzi Louahem, Claudio Capanna
Yann-Elie Gorans
Sabine Lange (ARTE), Sophie Berque (RTBF interactive), Mohamed El Mongy (Aljazeera), Isabelle Christiaens (RTBF)
Jean-François Martin, Emilie Maréchal, Blanche Giraud-Beauregardt, Fred Cacheux, Coline Wauters
We don’t remember the first days of our life, especially the ones right after birth. Suddenly we’re in the world – the first vague memories of some day, somewhere emerge. Our long term memory only starts to develop in the second year of our life. The beginning of life remains a dim hole in our memory. With “Life to Come 360°” audiences can enter the virtual reality of a neonatal ward and experience life there from the point of view of a preemie. The docu-fiction is part of the “ARTE360” app.

Lars Rummel

Mr Sand

Animadoc
Belgium,
Denmark
2016
8 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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The Animation Workshop
Soetkin Verstegen
Andrea Martignoni
The audience panicked when they saw the first moving images of a train arriving at a station. Pure immersive cinema. In her ingenious kaleidoscope, Belgian artist Soetkin Verstegen employs analogue animation film techniques to arrange reminiscences to early cinema as a world that enthralled audiences through fear, thrills and delight. Her tribute goes back to the horror stories, to the circus and the showmen who played their part in the invention of a cinema that may soon be gone.

Cornelia Klauß

My Daughter Nora

Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2016
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Julie Frères
Jasna Krajinovic
Guillaume Vandenberghe
Marie-Hélène Mora
Quentin Jacques
It’s an achievement in itself: telling the drama of a whole generation, a family and a mother, in 15 minutes. Nora writes a letter of farewell to the world of hedonism and, like many young Muslims in Belgium, moves to Syria to join the Jihad – leaving behind desperate parents who wonder what went wrong. They have nothing left but the hope that Nora and the many others will return home safely. But not everyone is that lucky.

Matthias Heeder


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

Pulse

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Hungary,
Portugal
2015
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Robin Petré, Doc Nomads
Robin Petré
András Emszt
Robin Petré
Robin Petré
María Grazia Goya
Robin Petré
Rudolf Varhegyi, Asia Dér, María Grazia Goya, Kimberly Ivany, Tanya Haurylchyk
When stags are kept in captivity the borderline between autonomy and servitude runs through every single individual animal. The relationship between man’s claim to power and the authentic elegance of the wild beast must be continuously rebalanced. With “Pulse”, Danish filmmaker Robin Petré has produced an entrancingly beautiful work and an astute reflection on the history and present state of this kind of animal husbandry.

Ralph Eue



Silver Dove in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film 2016

Next Masters Competition 2016
Sacred Water Olivier Jourdain

All women have it. But only the Rwandans know how to make it flow and give pleasure to the man and above all themselves … The female orgasm as a cultural technique.

Sacred Water

Documentary Film
Belgium
2016
55 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Michel Dutry
Olivier Jourdain
Bertrand Le Roy, Stéphane Grégoire
Christophe Rolin, Olivier Jourdain
Mélanie Le Clech, Mathieu Pierart
Guy Ndoli, Sébastien Wielemans
All women have it. Some say it’s a gift from God so they can give more pleasure to their husbands. Others believe the men are responsible for making the “sacred water” flow. In Rwanda everyone is sure that the white people don’t believe in it – and are really missing out here. It’s a tradition, a ritual, every woman’s secret. In mythological tales and enchantingly beautiful landscape shots director Olivier Jourdain looks for the superstructure of this mystery which is expressed in many intricate ways and turns out to be a thoroughly modern thing. The most beautiful thing in the world is discussed surprisingly frankly and confidently – along with gender relations.

Dusabe Vestine above all, a passionate radio show host, pursues a mission of making the “sacred water” a subject of public debate in her show. Nor is she afraid to travel the stony paths through the villages to preach her own Rwandan practice: a miracle only women can achieve. If you have associated Africa only with Aids, lack of contraception, genital mutilation and the suppression of women so far, you will be disabused by this film. The Occident, so proud of its enlightenment, has a lot to learn from Rwanda.

Cornelia Klauß

Story of the Unknown Soldier

Animated Film
Belgium
1932
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Henri Storck
Henri Storck
A pioneer of collage film, Henri Storck practised disobedience on two levels. In politically tense times, he re-edited newsreel reports to subvert the original propaganda. Exposure by documentary – and so honest that the political elite banned the film.

Ines Seifert

The Fullness of Time (Romance)

Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2016
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nicolas Rincon Gille
Manon Coubia
Nicolas Rincon Gille
Manon Coubia
Aline Huber
One September morning in 1957 a mountaineer sets out with a friend to climb Mont Blanc and dies in the eternal ice. His young wife sleepily stays behind among the folds of her duvet. All her life she’ll wait for the glacier to give him up again. Manon Coubia portrays this almost classical love tragedy in which time stops, at least for the lost body, in a clear and symbolic visual language as a film triptych somewhere between stagnation and movement.

Lars Meyer