Belgium

  • Johan Grimonprez – Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat (2024)

    Johan Grimonprez2021-2030BelgiumPolitics
    Soundtrack to a Coup d'Etat (2024)
    Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat (2024)

    “Multimedia artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez, who last appeared at Doc Fortnight with his 2009 Double Take, returns to the festival with an engrossing essay-film that examines how jazz and geopolitics collide in a nefarious chapter of Cold War history: the murder of Patrice Lumumba. The year is 1960, the Voice of America Jazz Hour broadcasts the likes of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie behind the Iron Curtain, while a wave of decolonization movements tear through the African continent and the struggle for civil rights marches on stateside. Beat by beat, Grimonprez traces Lumumba’s rise from 36-year-old independence leader to Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister—and how corporate and colonial interests, along with machinations at the United Nations, conspired in his assassination. Read More »

  • Alexe Poukine – Sans frapper AKA That Which Does Not Kill (2019)

    Alexe Poukine2011-2020BelgiumDocumentary

    Alexe Poukine tells the story of Ada, 19, brutally abused three times a few days apart by the same boy.Read More »

  • Yaël André – Quand je serai dictateur aka When I Will Be Dictator (2013)

    2011-2020BelgiumDocumentaryExperimentalYaël André
    Quand je serai dictateur (2013)
    Quand je serai dictateur (2013)

    PLOT:
    Once a common medium to record home movies and holiday souvenirs, the memory of Super-8 film is now disappearing fast. Yaël André has recycled a wealth of random Super-8 footage into a fake biography, with cheeky off-screen voiceover.Read More »

  • Francisco Javier Rodriguez – Jaime (2022)

    2021-2030BelgiumFrancisco Javier RodriguezShort Film
    Jaime (2022)
    Jaime (2022)

    Jaime, a 33 years old man, has been in a mental institution for almost half of his life. Through a series of conversations, Jaime shares his world view, his fears, his feats and a secret.Read More »

  • Jean Antoine – Rencontre avec Paul Delvaux (1972)

    1971-1980BelgiumDocumentaryJean Antoine
    Rencontre avec Paul Delvaux (1972)
    Rencontre avec Paul Delvaux (1972)

    Rencontre avec le peintre belge Paul Delvaux, valeur sûre à la bourse des tableaux et artiste international. Dans cet entretien, Paul Delvaux revient sur ses origines et son parcours. Parle de sa peinture où rien n’est jamais acquis et de l’érotisme qui se dégage de ses toiles. De sa peur de la toile blanche et de son goût pour l’antiquité que lui a transmis un de ses professeurs de latin et grec. Il évoque avec beaucoup de pudeur ses désignations à l’académie Picard et à la Grande Académie, sa célébrité. La caméra le suit également lors du vernissage de son exposition au Grand Palais à Paris auquel assiste la princesse Paola. Paul-Henri Spaak, ancien Premier ministre belge, et condisciple de Paul Delvaux à l’athénée de St Gilles évoque quelques souvenirs et l’impression que lui a laissée Paul Delvaux : “il était déjà un peu dans son rêve, pas sur le même plan que nous”.Read More »

  • André Delvaux – Rendez-vous à Bray AKA Rendezvous at Bray (1971)

    André Delvaux1971-1980ArthouseBelgiumDrama
    Rendez vous à Bray (1971)
    Rendez vous à Bray (1971)

    In 1917, the First World War is raging. Julien is from Luxemburg, so instead of having to go to war he studies piano in Paris. One day his friend Jacques, also a musician and now a fighter pilot on the front, invites him to spend a few days in his family’s empty house in Bray. The housekeeper, a beautiful but mute woman lets Julien in, but his friend is late and he is obliged to wait. In the meantime, he starts reminiscing of the pre-war days spent with his friend and Jacques’ girlfriend Odile.Read More »

  • Chantal Akerman – Hotel Monterey (1973)

    1971-1980BelgiumChantal AkermanDocumentaryExperimental
    Hotel Monterey (1973)
    Hotel Monterey (1973)

    Quote:
    Hotel Monterey is a cheap hotel in New York reserved for the outcasts of American society. Chantal Akerman invites viewers to visit this unusual place as well as the people who live there, from the reception up to the last story.New York City’s Monterey is a residence hotel; the residents we see are older, most live alone. The camera, usually stationery, begins with a look into the lobby. The film ends with a panorama from the hotel’s rooftop. There’s no soundtrack. The lobby is clean with granite floors. Men wear hats. People enter and exit an elevator. The camera looks out from within the elevator as doors open and close. People sit alone and motionless in their apartments. There are long shots of empty halls. Paint peels. The flooring on upper levels is linoleum. Hall lights are florescent. Doors open a crack then close. The film provides the feeling of what it’s like to live there.Read More »

  • Bas Devos – Here (2023)

    Bas Devos2021-2030BelgiumDrama
    Here (2023)
    Here (2023)

    Set in Brussels, the film revolves around a potential love story between a Romanian construction worker and a Belgian-Chinese doctorate student of moss, who cross paths just before the former is about to move back home.Read More »

  • Fabrice du Welz – Inexorable (2021)

    Fabrice Du Welz2021-2030BelgiumThriller
    Inexorable (2021)
    Inexorable (2021)

    The latest from Fabrice du Welz follows a bestselling novelist who moves into an eerie old mansion in search of inspiration.Read More »

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