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Stopping Times, Moving Places. Homage Annik Leroy

Annik Leroy’s work is marked by multifaceted investigations of the scars of past European history. Her films remind us that this past is not dead, not even past. It’s still inscribed in the world today and can be found both in individual and social bodies and spaces.

Homage Annik Leroy
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Berlin – From Dawn to Dusk Annik Leroy
A Belgian filmmaker and her encounter with late 1970s West Berlin: the art of nocturnal wanderings through a terrain steeped in history.
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Berlin – From Dawn to Dusk

In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy
Documentary Film
Belgium,
FRG
1981
67 minutes
French,
German
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

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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
Auguste Orts

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.

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State of the World
Homage Annik Leroy
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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
Documentary Film
Belgium
2015
15 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None
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Annik Leroy
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Marie Vermeiren
Auguste Orts

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.

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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Sense and Being
Homage Annik Leroy
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To the Sea Annik Leroy
On the Danube, the European river par excellence, this poetic-meditative inventory of a cultural space is created, revealing conflicts, but also utopian potentials.
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To the Sea

Vers la mer
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy
Documentary Film
Belgium
1999
87 minutes
Bulgarian,
German,
Hungarian,
Romanian,
Slovak
subtitles: 
English
No Premiere

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Annik Leroy
Anne Deligne
Daniel De Valck
Cobra Films
RTBF Liège (Carré Noir)
Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bruxelles (CBA)
Marie Vermeiren
Annik Leroy
Annik Leroy
Marie Vermeiren
Eva Houdova
Annik Leroy
Marie Vermeiren
Auguste Orts

Inspired by the course of the Danube, the European river par excellence, this film drifts from the source to the delta, from the forest of origins to the sea of arrival, both black by name. The water keeps flowing, seasons pass, borders move past and languages change. The images and sounds are the results of a poetic and meditative work which abandons itself to the river’s speed and rhythm. Via encounters and reports, dialects and philosophies, people and landscapes, the grand narrative of a fragmented, torn Europe emerges. But it’s here precisely, along the Danube, that this continent is also marked by the wealth of intertwined cultures.

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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Small Worlds, Big People
Homage Annik Leroy
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Tremor – Es ist immer Krieg Annik Leroy
An essay, a haunting, a cinematic reflection on Europe. The time: now. The places: impossible to localize precisely. Offscreen voices accompany Leroy’s sensory journey.
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Tremor – Es ist immer Krieg

Tremor – Es ist immer Krieg
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy
Documentary Film
Belgium
2017
92 minutes
Dutch,
French,
German,
Icelandic,
Italian
subtitles: 
English
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Annik Leroy
Cobra Films
Auguste Orts
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Auguste Orts

An added title like a lead weight. Four words from Ingeborg Bachmann’s novel “Malina” set the tone: “There is always war.” Who could ever accept this?! And who hasn’t long since come to terms with it?! “Tremor” is a harsh film in vibrating black-and-white images and a choir of voices from offscreen, as compelling as it is implacable. This continuing meditation on great brutalities, small impositions and omnipresent conflicts takes us to task. But it releases us not into short-lived outrage but into lasting rage. At the end an Afropop song by Jupiter & Okwess International: a song about crying and suffering – and fighting.

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State of the World