Film Series Cinema Parenthèse and Goethe-Institut

Between April 25 and May 14, Cinema Parenthèse and Goethe-Institut Brüssel present a series of screenings that explores the relationship between film and radical politics. The title of this series – Through the Struggle, For the Struggle (I/V) – has been taken from Red Army Faction (RAF) member Holger Meins’ last letter. With the screenings and talks, they aim to investigate the many possible relationships between strata of political thinking and film, associations between television and cinema, the critical possibilities of film history on film, and the grounds for convergence between literature and cinema. The program includes, among others, two films by Berlin-based filmmaker Renate Sami which are possibly being shown for the first time in Belgium on 16mm. Both works are marked by an early essayistic drift and her political and literary affinities.

The opening screening of the program will be introduced by film critic Carolin Weidner. For the screening of the first part of Günter-Peter Straschek's monumental film-historical series, Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland, film professor Volker Pantenburg will be present. All films are shown in Cinéma Galeries, except for the Straub-Huillet screening which will take place in the film school of INSAS. You can find the full program below.

Cinema Parenthèse is a collective of writers, programmers and filmmakers that organizes experimental film screenings and dialogues in Brussels. Its current members are Wendy Evan, Els van Riel, Nicky Hamlyn, Daniel A. Swarthnas and Arindam Sen.


April 25 | Cesare Pavese. Turin - Santo Stefano Belbo (Renate Sami & Petra Seeger, 1985) – 60’, 16mm

April 26 | Dalla nube alla resistenza (Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub, 1979) – 105’, 35mm

May 08 | Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland - Teil 1 (Günter-Peter Straschek, 1975) – 60’, digital

May 11 | Fluchtweg nach Marseille (Ingemo Engström & Gerhard Theuring, 1977) – 217’, digital

May 14 | Cellule 719 (Annik Leroy, 2016) – 15’, digital

Es stirbt allerdings ein jeder, Frage ist nur wie und wie du gelebt hast (Holger Meins) (Renate Sami, 1975) – 60’, 16mm


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