Article
28.02.2024
NL

De personages en thema’s in hedendaagse soaps lijken relatable, maar voor wie? Hoewel divers op het vlak van kleur en seksuele geaardheid, behoren alle personages tot dezelfde middenklasse. Thuis is in die zin meer op Dertigers gaan lijken. Bij de aanvang van de serie vond het drama nog plaats tegen een achtergrond van een sociaal spanningsveld. De personages representeerden verschillende sociaaleconomische posities die dialectisch tegenover elkaar werden geplaatst. Nu wordt één cultuur als de legitieme naar voren geschoven en worden maatschappelijke antagonismen genegeerd.

Article
21.02.2024
EN

The parentheses in my title arise from the fact that Charles Dekeukeleire, a largely forgotten Belgian experiment filmmaker of the late 1920s, had only small recognition in his own day. Hans Scheugl and Ernst Schmidt, Jr., ... say of his films: “They were so advanced in their formal means, so far ahead of their time, that they left behind the puzzled contemporary critics.” There were in fact a few contemporary Belgian writers who discussed Dekeukeleire’s films with insight, but certainly this minority response was not enough to insure his work a place in cinema history after he turned to documentary filmmaking in the 1930s.

Histoire de détective by Charles Dekeukeleire

Article
14.02.2024
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The registering apparatus itself becomes a living organ, moving and reacting psychologically. For the spectacle of a world which hitherto was nothing but an animated photograph, dependent for its interest upon form and the movement of figures, is substituted the impression received by the cameraman himself: the result being achieved by the synthesis of two distinct movements, the one that of his own interior life and the other that of external life, modified, designed, transformed in the direction of his psychic impression of it.

Manifesto
21.02.2024
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During that first period, he wanted to be the physicist of the photogénie, during the second he became its chemist. For these experiments, the director was free to ignore the general public. Film also became more and more inaccessible to the crowd, understandable and enjoyable only to a small circle of insiders. However, once those trials had given him a thorough knowledge of technique, the director naturally returned to nature, to man. He returned to the street. It wasn’t the street of the studio that fascinated him, the street of cardboard, but the real street where life teems in a thousand forms, where it can be caught and filmed directly.

Conversation
07.02.2024
NL

“Van het begin af heb ik geweten dat ik wat wij noemen ‘zuivere films’ zou maken, films zonder verhaal en die belangwekkend zijn door de beweging alleen: een beweging die er niet noodzakelijkerwijs een behoeft te zijn van personages. Alles is goed om er beweging mee te bereiken: men kan de beweging fotograferen in de natuur, men kan bewegingsloze dingen laten dansen en draaien door middel van het toestel; men heeft de beweging der machines, enz. Het is verkeerd te spreken van trucs, in de filmtechniek. Wij kennen geen trucs, wij hebben alleen maar middelen.”

Article
14.02.2024
EN

It’s up to Arab women, and especially Palestinian women, to take up the camera to show their true face, provided they haven’t adopted a system of values created by men (as happened a number of times with their European counterparts). They alone, without a doubt, can show that Palestinian women today resist as women always have in history, as citizens of a country wiped off the map and one half of a people who refuse to die, but also as all women of the world who suffer a double oppression.

Een gesprek met Bas Devos over Here (2023)

Conversation
24.01.2024
NL

Naar aanleiding van de Belgische release van Here sprak Sabzian met Bas Devos over het maakproces van zijn vierde langspeelfilm: “Van de weeromstuit worden dingen die onze aandacht vragen plots groter. In dat opzicht is cinema iets archaïsch eigenlijk. Veel films worden gemaakt met de verwachting dat het publiek tegelijk ook wel op Instagram zal zitten. Die films maken net genoeg lawaai op belangrijke momenten zodat je de Marvel-held ergens tegen ziet vliegen. Maar er is ook een ander soort cinema dat standvastig probeert te zeggen: hier gebeurt iets, nu. Ik vind het heel leuk dat zoiets kan in een cinemazaal.”

Ridley Scott’s Napoleon

Article
31.01.2024
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Scott’s late-career method is to mix different modes: the epic and the banal, the serious and the ridiculous, the lyrically beautiful and the brutally violent. In Napoleon, the past is strange not because of its odd customs, but because we – from the detachment of our contemporary vantage point – can see all these different modes at work, simultaneously. The result is often comical, but also harrowing: history as some kind of terrible joke.

10.01.2024
A COLLECTION OF 12 texts, 55 film pages, 1 news item
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Danièle Huillet (1936-2006) and Jean-Marie Straub (1933-2022) were a French duo of filmmakers who made about twenty films together between 1963 and 2006. Their partnership resulted in a beautiful and demanding oeuvre, which deeply affected the history of cinema. The work of Straub and Huillet is characterised by a rigorous and uncompromising form, which often involved long takes, minimalistic aesthetics, and a focus on text and performance.

Article
10.01.2024
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In its sudden and raw appearance in 2011, Schakale und Araber felt both a “weapon of criticism” (of humanity) and a “criticism of the weapon” (video). Straub deliberately shot against the light. The sun is not sweet here but burning, the air not full but suffocating. White phosphorus, video voltage. For maybe the first time in Huillet/Straub the hoarseness of the medium passed into the material, even if to serve the subject.

Eduardo Williams on The Human Surge 3 (2023)

Conversation
07.02.2024
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In the playful “sequel” to his 2017 festival breakthrough, The Human Surge, Williams tackles the erratic mechanisms of virtual-reality technology through the lucid hyper-reality of a group of characters ranging from different latitudes in the so-called Global South. Captured entirely with a 360-degree lens that’s normally reserved for VR but projected on a traditional cinema screen, the film follows three groups of friends from Taiwan, Peru and Sri Lanka who meet, converse and traverse through space and time as the film helps transport them across borders through the magic of cinema.

NEWS
14.11.2023
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NEWS
05.02.2024
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Na tien edities verdwijnt de internationaal gerenommeerde Contour Biënnale voor Bewegend Beeld. De sector van de audiovisuele en beeldende kunsten is een petitie gestart om het verdwijnen van de biënnale te voorkomen.