Film Archive

Absence

Animated Film
Belgium
2006
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Frank Van den Eeckhout
Isabelle Bouttens
Annelies Van Parys
Isabel Bouttens
Isabel Bouttens
Isabel Bouttens
Isabel Bouttens
Louis Demeyere
A room with a balcony. The sun is shining. A woman misses a man. In her dreams the long shadows on the floor and walls are transformed into arms that hug her. A hand touches her hip and gently caresses her body. Fingers interlace with hers and subtly and quietly a body lures her into a dance. A poetic and sensual film about absence.

Duscha Kistler
International Programme 2018
And Arnaud Thomas Damas

What’s wrong with Arnaud, Thomas Damas wonders, as he is making a film with and about his alcoholic brother. The camera is meant to help him point out things. But what if it suddenly points back?

And Arnaud

Documentary Film
Belgium
2018
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sébastien Andres
Thomas Damas
Caroline Marin
Léo Nguyen
Jérôme Swales
Thomas Damas
Louis Martin
A film as an occasion to get closer to someone. In this case, that someone is the director’s brother, Arnaud, who seems to have gotten on the wrong track quite a while ago and has developed an alcohol problem. It affects everything from gay parties with friends to getting pissed on his own in public, on the riverbank, through to lonely sessions in the flat. “We do a thing about me, but what about you?” Arnaud once asks in a drunken stupor.

Carolin Weidner
Retrospective 2018
Blow Up My Town Chantal Akerman

The work of a director who wasn’t even sure whether she had what it takes to be a director before this work.

Blow Up My Town

Documentary Film
Belgium
1968
13 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Chantal Akerman
René Fruchter
Geneviève Luciani
Chantal Akerman
A fine specimen of a bold film. The work of a director who wasn’t even sure whether she had what it takes to be a director before this work.

Ralph Eue

Charleroi, the Land of 60 Mountains

Documentary Film
Belgium
2018
126 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Cyril Bibas
Guy-Marc Hianant
Vincent Pinckaers
Simon Arazi
Dominique Goblet
Laszlo Umbreit
Charleroi, former centre of the Western European coal and steel industry. Once also a stronghold of plate glass production. For a long time this was a city on the sidelines, but now it has arrived in the middle of structural change, which, however, as the term suggests, is only provisional again. How is the spirit of community expressed today? Is it articulated on a temporal or spatial level? Horizontal or vertical? Is it athletic or rather artistic? Does it live in the built environment or in the faces and bodies of its inhabitants? Perhaps it’s just a complicated mixture? Or a complicated simplicity?

The Belgian writer, publisher, music producer and filmmaker Guy-Marc Hinant is a professed native “Carolorégien.” And he has set out to compose a complex portrait of his city. Poetic local knowledge with an enormous wingspan. Great events and tiny blind spots, and sometimes one in the other. All in all, an itinerary in the form of an essay along the director’s personal mythology.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2018
Chez Jolie Coiffure Rosine Mbakam

The “Jolie” hairdresser’s shop in the Brussels Matonge quarter is a meeting place for African women. They come here to have their hair cut, but also to organise and discuss things and to flirt.

Chez Jolie Coiffure

Documentary Film
Belgium
2018
70 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Geoffroy Cernaix, Rosine Mbakam
Rosine Mbakam
Rosine Mbakam
Geoffroy Cernaix
Rosine Mbakam, Loïc Villiot
Have Rosine come in and don’t let her leave her stuff outside – people really behave like junkies. Rosine follows the invitation, enters and is now an official guest of the tiny “Jolie” hairdressing salon in the Matonge district of Brussels. The women who work and are served here come from Africa. They tell stories of fake passports and escape routes via Libya, Syria or Greece, of families left behind, Belgian men and complicated relationships. The place is like an aquarium. Coloured and dark strands of hair that resemble octopuses are brushed and braided. The shop has glass walls, the sounds of the shopping mall frequently drift in, the door opens and there’s a brief flirtation with a man. In between, the eyelash lengthening glue burns on the lid and a Tontine named “The Glowworms” is founded, a widespread financial tool of solidarity-based economy. The Salon serves as a real and metaphorical link between Africa and Europe. At the same time it is a protective space and a home. Rosine Mbakam, a native of Cameroon herself, came to Belgium in 2007 to study film. This is her second feature-length film as a director.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Doel

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Denmark
2018
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Mathilde Hvid Lippmann, Frederik Sølberg
Frederik Sølberg
Anders Rhedin, Anders Bertram Mannov, Lavvi Ebbel
Jonathan Wannyn
Mads Hedegaard
Frederik Sølberg
Andreas Sandborg, Neal Willaert
24 Cafés and three bakeries, a ferry, a butcher’s shop and a supermarket. That was Doel in its heyday. Today the city has a reputation as an adventure park for adults. Illegal car racing and techno raves fill the streets by night, during the day tourists in mini-buses debate whether graffiti are a form of art or just a sign of the decline (of manners). In his portrait of Doel, however, Frederik Sølberg doesn’t film the abandoned houses on the background of Antwerp’s expanding harbour but focuses on the people who have remained in their hometown. Some in defiance of the constraints of the situation, others because they see a chance to open up new spaces for themselves here.

Sølberg’s warm-hearted observations of the residents raise the question of the right to a home. Where is the people’s place when globalisation gobbles up their traditional spaces? The community of old and young people fight the dilapidation of the houses with gallows humour and an awareness of their curious situation. They aren’t ready yet to give up their home. Sølberg manages to capture the points of intersection between the residents, adventure tourists and the tuning scene, who share this place without really meeting.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

Letter to Theo

Documentary Film
Belgium
2018
63 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Isabelle Truc
Élodie Lélu
Tristan Galand
Philippe Boucq
Élodie Lélu
Félix Brume, Bruno Schweiguth
The Greek director Theodoros Angelopoulos died in January 2012 while shooting his last film. In “Letter to Theo”, Élodie Lélu, a close collaborator and friend of Angelopoulos, remembers his work, interweaving the Greece that the 76-year-old man knew at the time of his death with present-day Greece. Lélu’s film tells of both crises, the “Greek crisis” and the “refugee crisis”, interlacing them and letting Angelopoulos, that “filmmaker of migration”, speak, without abusing his words for her own visual piece.

Her thoughts rise and fall like waves, excerpts from the Greek director’s films are mixed with documentary footage by the Frenchwoman Lélu, who recognises strong reflections of Angelopoulos’s visions in the here and now. She says the director was a victim of the crisis – a melancholiac disappointed by the world. But in this renewed world of all things, where a multinational football team practices right next to the headquarters of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, Lélu believes she recognises elements that might have made the much-admired artist believe in politics again.

Carolin Weidner

Mitra

Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2018
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Geneviève de Bauw (Thank You & Good Night Productions), Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure)
Jorge León
Eva Reiter, George van Dam
Thomas Schira, Jorge León
Marie-Hélène Mora
Quentin Jacques
Jorge León uses the dramatic story of the Iranian psychoanalyst Mitra Kadivar, who was locked up against her will in a mental hospital in her home country, as the starting point of a complex art project which first gave rise to an opera production and later to this multi-layered documentary film.

In his film León challenges the supposedly clear boundaries between lunacy and normalcy, disease and health by artfully interweaving various layers of reality, documentation and stage production. Time and again he shakes the audience’s self-assured perception through contrapuntal combinations of his material and challenges us to perceive our own perspective as one that is always and fundamentally limited.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Ojo Guareña

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Spain
2018
55 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Andrea Cinel
Edurne Rubio
Charo Calvo
Edurne Rubio, Sergi Gras, Alvaro Alonso de Armiño
Jan De Coster
Edurne Rubio
Hugo Fernandez, David Elchardus
There is a giant cave system with impressive subterranean rock galleries, lakes and crawls in Cantabria in northern Spain. Edurne Rubio responds to this place in truly cinematographic, sensual dimensions. She relies on the voices of the speleologists she accompanies and the light of their headlamps as she advances curiously into the unknown. In the great and impenetrable darkness she relies on distant dancing dots of light, light cones sliding tentatively over rock formations and the sounds of dripping that give the caves acoustic contours. Delicate, restless threads and pearls of water shine like silver on the walls and form an incredible starry sky deep underground. While Neil Armstrong saw only his own footprints on the moon in 1969, the young speleologists in Ojo Guareña come across 17,000 year old footprints – speleology is a journey through space and time after all. And the branching subterranean spaces also play an important role in their own biographies, the voices of the explorers of the deep report. If eyes (“ojos”) are the windows to the soul, this place revealed the human abyss of Spain’s recent history to them and at the same time offered them a refuge from a repressive life and a place to dream of the future.

André Eckardt

Our Song to War

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Colombia
2018
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Juanita Onzaga, Jan Stevens, Sofie Despeer
Juanita Onzaga
Juanita Onzaga
Juanita Onzaga, Romain Vennekens
Juanita Onzaga
Jérémy Bocquet
An unusual commemoration called “novenario” – a nine-day prayer in honour of the dead. But actually it’s about souls, water spirits, crocodile people and ghosts living on the sites of massacres and haunting people. Today’s children have long forgotten which grave belongs to their family. Memories of the dead civilians in Bojayá, Colombia, killed in a skirmish between FARC rebels and paramilitary forces in May 2002.

Saskia Walker
Kids DOK 2018
Rainbow Children: Portrait of Elika Maryam Bayani

Little Elika explains that people in Iran like five things above all: rice, the sun, ice cream, fish and tulips. She gives a presentation about her home country in a Belgian school.

Rainbow Children: Portrait of Elika

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Iran
2018
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maryam Bayani
Maryam Bayani
Victoire Bonin, Léo Malek
Maryam Bayani, Reza Mosadegh
Maryam Bayani
Maryam Bayani
Maryam Bayani, André Philips
Little Elika explains that people in Iran like five things above all: rice, the sun, ice cream, fish and tulips. She gives a presentation about her home country in a Belgian school, which includes a Persian poem she translates directly into French. Her audience is amazed: Elika talks differently all of a sudden. And so something strange playfully becomes familiar.

Kim Busch
Next Masters Competition Short Film 2018
Rhizoma Santiago Pérez Rodríguez

Nowadays, fauna and flora are inextricably entangled with the industry. A small movement study as a serious but tongue-in-cheek parable on Muybridge’s pioneering work with the “moving” image.

Rhizoma

Animated Film
Belgium
2018
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Santiago Pérez Rodríguez
Santiago Pérez Rodríguez
Bart Maris
Santiago Pérez Rodríguez
Santiago Pérez Rodríguez
Bart Maris, Felicity Ford, Vincent Duseigne, Santiago Pérez Rodríguez
Pylons in a drab grey landscape. The black shape of a wolf hound is running from left to right. The landscape pulses to the sound of a disturbing electrical frequency. A wild threat? The animal is fast, but it’s surrounded by the shadows of a man-made construction. Fauna and flora today are inextricably entangled with the industrial – a small parable on and wink to Eadweard Muybridge and his movement studies.

Nadja Rademacher

Separation, Vivid Dreams

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Montenegro
2018
18 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Michel Dutry, Bojana Radulović
Bojana Radulović
Thierry Detaille, Bojana Radulović
Marie-Hélène Mora
Bojana Radulović
Marie-Hélène Mora, Charlie Dub
A young woman returns to her childhood home in Montenegro after seventeen years. It’s dilapidated, left-behind objects are covered in foil, family pictures still hanging on the walls. A personal and performative journey into the unconscious. Memories emerge layer by layer, ghosts of the war that stand in the way of a new departure of the country. Abandoned construction sites are everywhere, like silent witnesses of stagnation, while Chinese companies invest in rebuilding the infrastructure.

Annina Wettstein

The Yellow Mazda and His Holiness

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Rwanda
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sandra Heremans
Sandra Heremans
Sandra Heremans
Sandra Heremans, Sébastien Demeffe
Sandra Heremans
Sandra Heremans
The world slowly emerges from blackness and falls back into blackness. The wisdom of life and death – and the wisdom of the cinema: black, frame, black, frame, black, frame. Via her film director Sandra Heremans, who was born in Rwanda, establishes contact with her father, who once came to Africa as a missionary from Belgium and fell in love with her mother there. Her images are personal and tender and take time to crystallize out of the blackness of the unborn film.

Lukas Stern
International Programme 2018
Wildebeest Nicolas Keppens, Matthias Phlips

Linda likes elephants. Troyer likes Linda. Both like the exoticism of Africa. A safari between live action and animation film with some shooting: sharp, sad, deadly, ironic.

Wildebeest

Animated Film
Belgium
2018
19 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Brecht Van Elslande
Nicolas Keppens, Matthias Phlips
Nicolas Keppens, Matthias Phlips
Nicolas Keppens, Matthias Phlips
Pieter Vanluffelen, Pieter Samyn, Jeroen Ceulebrouck, David Dils, Eno Swinnen
Nicolas Keppens, Matthias Phlips
Greg Scheirlinckx
Every day could be the last. So Linda realises a lifetime dream: watching elephants in Africa. The pre-booked safari jeep is lost just like the paid-for comforts, and the chocolate bars are eaten … Animated Central Europeans find themselves in a live action Bernhard Grzimek film world in which the exotic looks back at the tourists with wonder but also equanimity. Who is the stranger here? Which species are threatened by extinction? There’s a crackling tension between form and content – sharp, sad, deadly, ironic.

Sylvia Görke


Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award