Film Archive

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
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

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

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

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