Films byTexts by Gerard-Jan Claes
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Gerard-Jan Claes, Olivia Rochette, 2012, 83’

On 25th May 2011 the world-renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented Rain, its first ever performance of a choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The filmmakers Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance.

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Gerard-Jan Claes, Olivia Rochette, 2010, 48’

In Because We Are Visual Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes immerse themselves into the world of public video journals. The Internet and its online communities intend to bring people closer together and to connect them.

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05.07.2017

Zijn moeder ziet minder in waarom de wereld hen plots zo weinig gunt, en vraagt hem nog hoopvol en naïef: “Later, when this is blowed over… you’ll come back?”

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21.03.2017

The very act of writing about cinema fosters the act of talking about cinema, as a way to relate to cinema, to share cinema, and thus to see cinema. We take in more from things when we feel capable of putting them into words, or when we suddenly feel ourselves able to recall them in our memory.

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21.03.2017

Écrire sur le cinéma permet d’en parler aussi, c’est-à-dire de se positionner par rapport au cinéma, de partager le cinéma, et donc de regarder le cinéma : nous voyons de façon plus juste les choses, quand nous sommes capables de les dire, en pouvant se les rappeler tout d’un coup.

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21.03.2017

Een schrijven over cinema opent de ruimte om over cinema te spreken, om zich te verhouden tot cinema, om cinema te delen, en dus om naar cinema te kijken: we zien de dingen juister wanneer we in staat zijn om ze te zeggen, door ze plots terug te kunnen oproepen.

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11.01.2017

Grands travaux might be considered a tentative cartography of the vocational school Anneessens-Funck. We mapped the various spaces of a place where the fragments of a disintegrated city converge. Just like with Because We Are Visual and Rain, constructing Grands travaux was closely related to a tension between inside and outside, between private and public space, between darkness and light... Essentially, Grands travaux is about how we might create new spaces in film. It’s a flowing geography, a movement through the polymorphous spaces inhabited by the boys.”

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11.01.2017

“Je zou Grands travaux kunnen beschouwen als een poging tot cartografie van de beroepsschool Anneessens-Funck. We brengen al de verschillende ruimtes in kaart van een plek waar de Brusselse verbrokkeling convergeert. Net als bij Because We Are Visual en Rain is de opbouw van Grands travaux sterk verbonden aan een spanningsveld tussen binnen en buiten, tussen private en openbare ruimte, tussen donker en licht … In se gaat Grands travaux over hoe we in film nieuwe ruimtes kunnen creëren. De film is een vloeiende geografie, een beweging door de veelvormige leefruimtes van de jongeren.”

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06.01.2016

[Spring Breakers] is, however, not an extended hip-hop music video starring Gucci Mane with his entourage, sipping cough syrup. It is not an anthropological treatise of the kind we see on English news channels, hysterically reporting about young Brits wreaking havoc on islands in the Spanish Mediterranean. It is not a twenty-first century version of A Clockwork Orange, glorifying cheap and cheerful violence for its own sake. It is none of this. Spring Breakers escapes the usually inescapable pitfalls of art house-kitsch by consciously saying no to any form of expected grandiloquence. It embraces the deceitful image, as something that is to be cherished instead of loathed.

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19.12.2014

Paul Greengrass: “When we started the film, it was a top priority for me to look into this issue in every detail. […] we researched the background of the Maersk Alabama highjacking in exhausting detail over many months. […] And I’m 100% satisfied that the picture we present of these events in the film, including the role playing by Captain Phillips, is authentic. […] the facts are clear. Captain Phillips’ ship was attacked, and the ship and the crew and its cargo made it safely to port with no injuries or loss of life. […] That’s the story we told, and it’s an accurate one.”

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09.03.2014

Paul Greengrass: “When we started the film, it was a top priority for me to look into this issue in every detail. […] we researched the background of the Maersk Alabama highjacking in exhausting detail over many months. […] And I’m 100% satisfied that the picture we present of these events in the film, including the role playing by Captain Phillips, is authentic. […] the facts are clear. Captain Phillips’ ship was attacked, and the ship and the crew and its cargo made it safely to port with no injuries or loss of life. […] That’s the story we told, and it’s an accurate one.”

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14.12.2013

The juxtaposition of images shows a spiritual coherence to which we as viewers must work towards. In De poes [The Cat] (1968) van der Keuken articulates it thus: “The film could be a means for change. To this end it must affect the fixed patterns of expectation. To this end it must create a dynamic balance of the forms in which our reality can be described. Art could be a means by which to set man free. A school for seeing the self and the other more clearly.”

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06.05.2013

De juxtapositie van beelden toont een geestelijke samenhang waar we als kijker naar moeten toewerken. In De poes (1968) spreekt van der Keuken het als volgt uit: “De film zou een middel kunnen zijn tot verandering. Hiertoe moet hij de vaste verwachtingspatronen aantasten. Hiertoe moet hij een dynamisch evenwicht scheppen van de vormen waarin onze werkelijkheid beschreven kan worden. Kunst zou een middel kunnen zijn tot bevrijding van de mens. Een school om zichzelf en de anderen beter te zien.”