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Herman Asselberghs is currently working on a long-term film project at the film department of the LUCA School of Arts, where he has been teaching for two decades. Through the realization of a film essay, he probes the relationship between attention and distraction in the film theatre and the classroom. Throughout the creation process, Sabzian reports on his accompanying reading and writing. On a regular basis, Asselberghs selects an existing text that interests him and that he himself provides with an accompanying text. In this second instalment, he probes possible overlaps between teaching and film-watching by means of Berichten uit een klas [Reports from a Classroom], Objectieve Melancholie [Objective Melancholy] and other key essays by the Belgian critic Dirk Lauwaert. He also reminisces about Lauwaert’s overlooked Filmparties.

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Wij zien geen toekomst in een stiefmoederlijk beleid dat “scherpe” keuzes maakt, er is integendeel dringend nood aan zorgzame en correcte ondersteuning van alle bestaande initiatieven. Wij zijn van mening dat een voldragen en divers filmlandschap zich enkel blijvend kan manifesteren wanneer dat gepaard gaat met de ontwikkeling van een scherpzinnige en diepgaande filmkritiek. Red de filmcultuur, investeer in filmkritiek!

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On the occasion of the Out of the Shadows programme (originally conceived for the Courtisane festival 2020), Courtisane, Sabzian and KASK School of Arts compiled, edited and published the publication Out of the Shadows, focussing on the work of five Arab female film directors: Atteyat Al-Abnoudy, Selma Baccar, Assia Djebar, Jocelyne Saab and Heiny Srour. A copy of Out of the Shadows can now be ordered!

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TV-programme producers occasionally try to make their works available for repeated viewing in addition to one-off screenings. As is the case with Voyage à Paris, which is like a beautiful poem you want to read several times, or a piece of music you want to hear several times. This visual essay contains a couple of passages you will remember especially well, transitions that are so intriguing that you will want to further savour them. 

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As part of its 1971–1972 programme, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven has planned an exhibition on the street as a form of visual environment. The museum thus becomes part of an international trend that manifests a renewed interest in the street as a living environment.

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Stylistically, Cornelis’ approach [in Park Abbey Heverlee] is somewhat similar to the method used by Alain Resnais in L’année dernière à Marienbad (1961). Cornelis himself pointed out a connection to Alexandre Astruc’s so-called Caméra-Stylo. “Like Astruc, I seek ways to build up to something; I seek rhythms,” explains Cornelis.


Farrebique ou les quatre saisons (1946), the first full-length film by Georges Rouquier, depicts the everyday life of a family of French farmers in the postwar period following the rhythm of the different seasons, evading the classic division between fiction and documentary, allowing the reality of details to thrive with a great sense of poetry. The controversy around the film brought into sharp focus the limitations and paradoxes of some of the denominators that have been used ad nauseam to divide and evaluate the cinematic landscape: documentary and fiction, authenticity and duplicity, asceticism and artfulness. This Dossier, comprising a long interview with Rouquier, a reflection on the polemic at the time, and texts by André Bazin, Jean Painlevé, Georges Sadoul and James Agee, presents a portrait of the “case of Farrebique”.

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Belgian film and tv director Patrick Le Bon passed away on February 3 at the age of 81.

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Naar aanleiding van de recente restauratie van Agnès Varda’s Le bonheur (1965) herpubliceert Sabzian Eric de Kuypers kritiek van de film, oorspronkelijk verschenen in het cultureel-maatschappelijk maandblad Streven. Voor deze gelegenheid voorziet de Belgische filmmaker en auteur zijn kritiek van een nieuw commentaar. Eric de Kuyper: “Voor zover ik mij herinner was de receptie van Le bonheur nogal controversieel, met voornamelijk ethische pro- en contracriteria. Een effect dat Agnès Varda vanzelfsprekend had nagestreefd. Mij leek dat een valkuil. Varda verpakte haar film in een nogal extreme vorm van esthetiek. Dit was te mooi om waar te zijn!”

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Godard doesn’t even consider turning Bardot into a character shattering the stereotypical image the mass media make of her. He presents Bardot as ‘Bardot’. He cites the phenomenon Bardot, uses it as a kind of ready-made, without irony. And because the mass media associate the name Bardot with ‘nudity,’ he promptly presents her naked. It is as if Godard is saying to the audience: “You came to watch a film with Bardot? Here she is in her entirety, totalement, naked like Urbino’s Venus.”

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Cinéma vertical, films qui marchent. Cinéma horizontal, films qui gisent. Des uns aux autres s’ouvrent le même temps, la même durée étrangère aux lois du travail, de la raison et de la santé. Comment, et jusqu’à quand, une vie peut-elle se prolonger, à partir du moment où elle semble comme sortie d’elle-même ? De quelles virtualités d’action l’inaction a priori la plus complète est encore grosse ? De l’infatigable marche à la fatigue des gisants, s’il y a un spectaculaire bouleversement des postures, se développe aussi une commune persévérance : le geste de Wang Bing dégage d’ultimes fragments de possible du cœur de l’épuisement.

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After the success of their first screenings in 1895, Auguste and Louis Lumière sent their representatives out into the world to shoot images and project them on the spot. Alexandre Promio (1868-1926) was one of the first of these opérateurs dispatched by the brothers. In this travelogue, Promio describes how the miracle of cinematography was welcomed with amazement and enthusiasm in every corner of the world. Promio: “If, in France and in Europe, the appearance of the Lumière cinematograph had provoked the greatest enthusiasm, what could I say about what I experienced in the United States?”

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De broers Jean-Pierre en Luc Dardenne maken films waarin personages met ethische dilemma’s geconfronteerd worden. In hun eerdere films voerden zij steeds personages op die vanuit hun kwetsbare positie in de samenleving tot actie worden gedreven. Nu hebben ze een film gemaakt waarin het precaire niet in de eerste plaats materieel is, maar waarin de keuze voor een radicaal idee het uitgangspunt vormt. Le jeune Ahmed gaat over een jongen die zich heeft laten meevoeren door zijn geloof.