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0.2 Milligrams of Gold

0,2 miligramas de ouro
Diego Quinderé de Carvalho
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Belgium,
Brazil,
Portugal,
Hungary
2021
24 minutes
Portuguese (Brazil),
French,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Diego Quinderé de Carvalho
Frederik Nicolai
André Mielnik
Diego Quinderé de Carvalho
Leo Foulet
Sébastien Lheureux
Diego Quinderé de Carvalho
Diego Quinderé de Carvalho
Sébastien Lheureux

8,500 kilometres lie between the Amazon and the Ardennes. In his home country of Brazil, Diego Quinderé de Carvalho only looks at the inaccessible and menacing forest from the outside. Its Belgian counter piece, however, is easy to explore. Here, everything is laid out by people, neatly ordered and reduced to the essentials. A geologist, a gold miner and an astronomer provide insights for a philosophical exploration of the origin of existence and the future of our planet.

Kim Busch
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Intervening Nature
Redistribution and Having a Say
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Berlin – From Dawn to Dusk

In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
FRG
1981
67 minutes
French,
German
subtitles: 
English

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Annik Leroy
Gamma Films
ZDF
Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bruxelles (CBA)
Annik Leroy
Annik Leroy
Eva Houdova
Daniel De Valck
Alain Marchal

Long walks through almost deserted cityscapes which even in the late 1970s still bear the distinct scars of the Second World War: a Belgian filmmaker encounters West Berlin. She tries to re-adjust in this terrain saturated with European history and films this transformation in the first person singular. The images of twilight captured on grainy 16mm footage make Berlin look like a city that lies deep in the East, even though it sees itself as a Western city. But Annik Leroy mistrusts the mirror images: they don’t help if you want to see things more clearly.

Ralph Eue
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Zustand der Welt
Kids DOK 2020
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Bertha and the Wolfram Tijs Torfs
Bertha is determined to tame the wild wolves in her life. She counters her disease, which limits her in her daily life, with brushes, colour palettes and crayons.
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Bertha and the Wolfram

Bertha en de wolfram
Tijs Torfs
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Tijs Torfs
Jurgen Buedts

Bertha loves to draw. She needs help in her daily life for she has a rare disease that impairs her vision. But Bertha refuses to be discouraged. She has organised an exhibition together with a well-known painter. The proceeds will go to research into her disease, the so-called Wolfram syndrome. Can Bertha tame the wild wolves in her life?

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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
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Cell 719 Annik Leroy
A 15-minute audiovisual composition based on a text written in prison by Ulrike Meinhof: “Letter from a prisoner in the isolation wing” (1972/73).
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Cell 719

Cellule 719
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2015
15 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Annik Leroy
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Marie Vermeiren

It could be called a portrait or a composition with text and sound. Ulrike Meinhof’s “Letter from a prisoner in the isolation wing”, written in prison in 1972/73, a document of detention in thought cascades, lends structure and weight to fifteen minutes of film. The apparently black background is dimly animated at intervals, hinting at a nocturnal outside or an area near water. This attempt to communicate the sensory deprivation resulting from isolation attempts what’s actually impossible, pushing towards abstraction, harsh, brutal, dry. Any narrative “grease” is discarded. There is no space at all, hence not for a narrative, either.

Ralph Eue
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
Sinn und Sein
International Competition 2020
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Considering the Ends Elsa Maury
Shepherdess Nathalie learns what it means to kill with one’s own hands. Her process of development turns out to be a holistic learning experience: about responsibility, care and knives.
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Considering the Ends

Nous la mangerons, c’est la moindre des choses
Elsa Maury
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2020
67 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Elsa Maury
Cyril Bibas
Luc Reder
Olivier Burlet
Javier Packer-Comyn
Philippe Cotte
Marc Siffert
Mathieu Cauville
Loïc Villiot
Galaad Germa
Willy Boutet
Christian Tessier
Elsa Maury
Geoffroy Cernaix
Pauline Piris-Nury
Martin Flament
Elsa Maury
Nathalie Savalois

The vultures are circling over the Cevennes, the south-eastern part of the French Massif Central. They are part of the holistic cycle of becoming and passing away which shepherdess Nathalie seeks to come closer to. Because the vultures are gnawing at the remains of her beloved animals. She considers herself responsible not only for their lives, but also for their death. Elsa Maury’s film is an unequivocal testimony to what it means to wield the fatal knife oneself.

The sounds made by a ewe when a lamb is born seem almost human. And when a little later the newborn turns out to be unwilling to live it seems as if one could detect pain in the mother’s eyes. The shepherdess Nathalie’s empathic look at her flock was transferred directly to the viewer. Each animal here has its own name, each has a biography that Nathalie knows by heart. And it’s ultimately up to her to finally decide when the end of a sheep is near. In diary-like sequences we learn about her feelings, take part in a difficult process of development which results in new self-confidence, perhaps even new wisdom. Elsa Maury shows a perennial school of killing and death. She leaves the events uncommented, but achieves an intensity through images and editing that stays with us for a long time.
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Natur in Bearbeitung
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
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Kids DOK 2020
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Dad Magnet Daphne van den Blink
When Kwinten’s Dad has to go on a naval mission for three months it’s hard. Kwinten plays in nature, counts the days and tries to get used to missing him.
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Dad Magnet

Papamagneet
Daphne van den Blink
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
17 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Daphne van den Blink
Magalie Dierick
Emmy Oost
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Jonathan Wannyn
Febe Simoens
Kwinten Van Laethem
Gedeon Depauw
Stijn Dickel

Kwinten is proud of his Dad who is the commander of a naval ship. But a new mission takes his Dad to sea again for three months. Kwinten waits for postcards and counts the days. His best friend now lives in another town, but fortunately comes to visit. Coping with missing his father isn’t easy for Kwinten. Seeing him again is all the more wonderful, though.

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Family Ties
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Downstream to Kinshasa

En route pour le milliard
Dieudo Hamadi
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
DR Congo,
France
2020
90 minutes
Lingala,
Swahili
subtitles: 
English

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Dieudo Hamadi
Quentin Laurent
Frédéric Féraud
Dieudo Hamadi
Aurelien Bodinaux
Stephan Riguet
Dieudo Hamadi
Hélène Ballis
Catherine Catella
Sylvain Aketi
Dieudo Hamadi
Les Zombies de Kisangani

In the summer of 2000 Ugandan and Rwandan troops fought a devastating battle in Kisangani. The International Court of Justice sentenced Uganda to pay one billion U.S. dollars to the civilian victims. After almost twenty years of waiting in vain, some of them set out for Kinshasa to enforce their legal claim. The physical and theatrical power of their mission both drives and radiates from this film.

Dieudo Hamadi has given the women and men he is about to follow down the Congo a visually confident and assured exposition. Gathered on an inky black stage, they look at us and sing: of blood spilled, of money forgotten. Then the march of the maimed sets itself in motion, on crutches, with prostheses, past the nearby pits of the dead and out into the country. Every metre covered is an act of rebellion. When the procession of beggars, who rightly won’t tolerate this designation, finally climbs the stairs of the National Parliament, iconic scenes of Soviet revolutionary cinema seem to shine through. But the crowd that is moving here is different. Its individual bodies push back with all their weight both against the casual shrug of the shoulders of political routine and the carelessly rounded calculations of loss and equivalent value of the arithmetic of war.
Sylvia Görke
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
Zustand der Welt
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Kids DOK 2020
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Fien, Jip & Fien Marie De Hert, Ellen Pollard
Jip sends his crush many hearts via smartphone from his holidays. But what is that thing, love? Together with his sister he is looking for answers in this sun-drenched summer.
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Fien, Jip & Fien

Fien, Jip & Fien
Marie De Hert, Ellen Pollard
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Marie De Hert
Ellen Pollard
Maarten Schmidt
Ellen Pollard

The siblings Fien and Jip are on summer holidays. They sit laughing in a pedal boat, sunbathe giggling on a meadow, and talk about a great unknown: love. For Jip is extremely busy sending his crush many hearts via smartphone. But who can provide information about this exciting feeling? Fien thinks: “Love is like ice cream with chocolate sprinkles on top.”

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Family Ties
Liebe/ ohne Liebe
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For a Fistful of Fries

Poulet frites
Jean Libon, Yves Hinant
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
France,
Belgium
2021
100 minutes
French,
Urdu,
Bengali,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Jean Libon
Yves Hinant
Bertrand Faivre
François Clerc
Clémentine Hugot
Anouk Zivy

In Belgium and France, the documentary series “Strip-Tease” is real cult viewing. The creators of the TV production have now used more than twenty-year-old material to make a crime documentary in dirty black and white. The Brussels CID are investigating a murder case: A casual prostitute was killed in her flat. The discovery of a few French fries enables them to track down the perpetrator. True Crime.

The dead woman’s name was Kalima Sissou. Very quickly, the investigation focuses on her former boyfriend Alain, and so, in authentic, raw images, we watch Inspector Lemoine and his colleagues at work: at the crime scene, interrogating witnesses and, naturally, cross-examining the main suspect. Despite the serious character of the events, Jean Libon and Yves Hinant’s offbeat mixture of dark thriller and absurd reality comedy does not lack (black) humour. Shot in a simple cinéma-vérité style, the film does not embellish on what it shows. The creative and conceptual model is, of course, the series “Strip-Tease”, co-developed by Libon in 1985 and widely known for the unconventional, blunt and politically incorrect manner in which it tackled even delicate subjects. “For a Fistful of Fries” continues in this vein and takes us very close to the often incredibly profane action.
Lina Dinkla
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Redistribution and Having a Say
State of the World
Kids DOK 2021
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Jules & I Anne Ballon
Roos is unsettled and unnerved by the changes her older transgender sister Jules is going through. When Jules moves out, Roos begins to miss her new sister.
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Jules & I

Jules & ik
Anne Ballon
Kids DOK 2021
Documentary Film
Belgium
2021
16 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Anne Ballon
Frederik Nicolai
Eric Goosens
Jordan Vanschel
Jan De Coster
Pieter-Jan Claessens
Vitja Pauwels
Wout Vermijs

Roos is fourteen years old and lives with her mother and her older transgender sister Jules. Jules is currently transitioning, taking hormones and experimenting with her looks. Roos, who has no interest in nail polish and the like, is irritated by all the changes. When Jules moves out, Roos begins to miss her new sister and gets closer to her again.

Lina Dinkla
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Family Ties
Sense and Being
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Kelasi

Kelasi
Fransix Tenda Lomba
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Belgium
2021
10 minutes
French
subtitles: 
French, English

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Fransix Tenda Lomba
Ellen Meiresonne
Caroline Nugues-Bourchat
Cyril Mossé
Caroline Nugues-Bourchat
Fransix Tenda Lomba
Fransix Tenda Lomba

The first animated film by visual artist Fransix Tenda Lomba is a kind of parcours through Congo’s historical education systems – and an analysis of the ideological function of the institution of the school. Using impressive collages and an always ironic commentary, the film – tellingly produced in Belgium – confronts its Western audience with their own ignorance about the region, challenging both their aesthetic and political thinking.

Borjana Gaković
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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State of the World
Redistribution and Having a Say
Re-Visions 2020
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Machini Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
In the Congo, the people and the environment are suffering from the consequences of cobalt and lithium mining. How do those live who work in the dirt to provide our “clean” energy?
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Machini

Machini
Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
DR Congo,
Belgium
2019
10 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Ellen Meiresonne
Rosa Spaliviero
Maïlis Fourie
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Caroline Nugues-Bourchat
David Douglas Masamuna
Francesco Nchikala

Electromobility is a great promise of the future. The Democratic Republic of the Congo with its vast cobalt and lithium deposits supplies two of the essential building blocks for the necessary batteries. “Machini” focuses on the lives of those who bear the brunt of the exploitation of such dirty raw materials for our “clean” energy.

Ralph Eue
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Natur in Bearbeitung
Zustand der Welt
Kids DOK 2020
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My Family Is a Circus Nina Landau
Once again Romy must say goodbye to her school class. She travels with her family to the next performance, dreaming of her own circus tent, but also of a reunion.
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My Family Is a Circus

Circus zonder tent
Nina Landau
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
English

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Nina Landau
Bram Crols
Mark Daems
Jamie MacLean
Kwinten Gernay
Johan Hoogewijs

Once again ten-year-old Romy must say goodbye to her school class to travel through Europe with her family. She pitches in at home because circus life makes children grow up quickly. This film lets us share in her everyday life and the passion for the grand performance. It talks about her longing for the familiar, but also the freedom of being on the road.

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Family Ties
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Play Me, I’m Yours

Play Me, I’m Yours
Julia Palmieri Mattison
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
14 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Justine Mackenzie Peers
Louise Nurry
Louise Nurry

A cinematic family constellation in which the audience is guided through a seemingly random conglomeration of private photos, video recordings, notes, thoughts, sounds and texts. Narrative strands crystallise, only to be discarded, taken up again and finally left standing in their ambiguity. A film about the big questions of life, love, family, relationships, death and good food. No more, and certainly no less.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Liebe/ ohne Liebe
Poesie und Grenzgänge
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Re-Visions 2020
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Stepping Out of the Bath Florence Henrard
Mom, dad and their little daughter in a playlet set between kitchen and bathtub: an ordinary family rehearses after-work emergencies in an ingeniously sketched chamber play.
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Stepping Out of the Bath

Sortie de bain
Florence Henrard
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Belgium
1994
4 minutes
French
subtitles: 
None

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Florence Henrard
L’École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre (ENSAV)
Florence Henrard
Florence Henrard
Huguette Van Volsem

An ingeniously sketched chamber play about the nerve-racking hour before dinner: mother peels vegetables while father is trying to convince their little daughter to take a bath. The protagonists are pretty caricatures of their respective natures, even more so of the roles imposed upon them. An ordinary family – bound together for little good and much evil.

Ralph Eue
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Family Ties
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The Gray Shrimp Report

Le constat de la crevette grise
Rémi Murez
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Belgium
2021
21 minutes
Arabic,
French,
Dutch
subtitles: 
English

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Rémi Murez
Sébastien Andres
Basile Krämer
Eliott Puttemans
Augustin Izoard
Dorian Colin

Barely a kilometre off the Belgian coast, 35,000 tons of chemical munitions are buried at the bottom of the sea. The scraps of yesterday’s wars are secreting toxic gases today and the film explores the effects this will have – from fishing boats to delicatessen counters. An ominous droning lies over the impressive images of already dubious production processes. The shrimp end up in fish cakes. The seagulls lament the calamity. The people are at a loss.

Sarina Lacaf
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Intervening Nature