Sabzian launches all-new website!
The first and main aim of this all-new design is to make our growing archive more visible and accessible, not least through a number of new features such as the Film Index, Issues, Collections, Screening Room, Audio Room and a further elaborated Search function.
Cinéma Nova needs your support! Help them acquire the long-term lease of the cinema building located at number 3 rue d’Arenberg in Brussels, by supporting their recently started cooperative Supernova Coop.
Ciné Rio (Ghent) and Cinema Nova (Brussels) welcome you to their first joint Kino Climates symposium!
20th Anniversary Edition
Art Cinema OFFoff celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special edition of the Night of Experimental Film on 8 December at De Centrale, Ghent.
On Monday the 13th of November, film critic and longtime editor of Positif magazine Michel Ciment died at age 85.
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) recently found itself embroiled in a controversy as several filmmakers – including Sky Hopinka, Miko Revereza, Maryam Tafakory, Charlie Shackleton, and Basma al-Sharif – withdrew their documentaries over allegations that the festival was stifling Palestinian activists.
Sabzian lanceert gloednieuwe website!
Het eerste en belangrijkste doel van dit volledig nieuwe ontwerp is om het groeiende archief zichtbaarder en toegankelijker te maken, niet in het minst door een aantal nieuwe functies zoals de Film Index, Issues, Collections, Screening Room, Audio Room en een verder uitgewerkte zoekfunctie.
Iranian filmmaker Dariush Mehrjui passed away on October 14th alongside his wife, Vadideh Mohammadifar, after a fatal attack at their home.
From November 15 to 19, Bozar, ISELP and CINEMATEK invite you back for the sixth edition of the Brussels Art Film Festival (BAFF).
From 15 to 23 November, the Antwerp based collective De imagerie organizes their eleventh edition of Visite Film Festival at art space Het Bos.
On Monday, November 6, film students from KASK School of Arts and KASK Resistance are organizing a screening at KASKcinema in solidarity with Palestine.
Ten years ago, Belgian critic Dirk Lauwaert (1944-2013) passed away. In November, two new books dedicated to Lauwaert’s writing will be released, followed by two film screenings related to his work in December at Cinema RITCS.
From 25 to 28 October, Beursschouwburg and Monokino are presenting two film programs composed by Erika Balsom.
Until 21 October, the Palestine Film Institute is presenting a series of films celebrating Gaza, its people, its struggle and its survival.
Terence Davies, the British filmmaker and novelist, passed away on October 7 at the age of 77.
Starting on October 5th, Goethe-Institut Brussels and CINEMATEK present the first complete retrospective of the work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub in Belgium.
The Âge d’Or festival will be held again this year from 30 September to 3 October, in the CINEMATEK of Brussels.
On the occasion of the exhibition Francis Alÿs. The Nature of the Game at WIELS from 7 September 2023 until 7 January 2024, Avila releases a collection of nine iconic films by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs. All films are globally available for free.
For the fifth time, SHHH, a film festival celebrating the power and poetry of silent film hosted by Monokino, will take place in Ostend from September 15 to 16.
Sabzian is taking a summer break. We’ll be back in September!
SIC (SoundImageCulture) recently launched it’s yearly call for new film projects. They’re in search of projects that are authentic and push the borders of audiovisual language, with care for aesthetic and ethical reflections.
This month, a new generation of graduating film students from INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion), RITCS Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound and KASK School of Arts present their work for the first time.
The sun is out and so is the cinema-goer. Sabzian made a list of cinema events for the summer (mostly outdoors), so you don’t have to miss the silver screen in the summer break.
On 8 June, Le p’tit ciné (Festival en ville!, Regards sur les docs) is hosting a special screening of the newly restored film Couple, Regards, Positions (1982), by Nadine Wandel and Boris Lehman, at Cinéma Palace.
From 16 June to 17 September, Jeu de Paume in Paris is hosting a major retrospective of Dutch filmmaker and photographer Johan van der Keuken.
On the occasion of the publication of The Afterimage Reader (The Visible Press, 2022) and in collaboration with CINEMATEK, Courtisane presents 12 screenings of films, mostly from CINEMATEK’s collection, that revive the British magazine Afterimage (1970-1987). Each screening is linked to an issue of the magazine.
Sound of Politics, Politics of Sound: Conversations and Sonic Entanglements
From 2 to 3 June, the first installment of Echoes of Dissent will take place at beursschouwburg in Brussels. The program is the first part of a series of gatherings gravitating around the question: How to think of the sonic as a site of dissent?
Austrian actor Helmut Berger, known for his long collaboration with Italian director Luchino Visconti, passed away last week at the age of 78.
Navire Argo, a French non-profit organization, has plans to create a vibrant new filmmaker’s hub in the former Éclair laboratory near Paris, dedicated to preserving photochemical film.
French writer, essayist and critic Philippe Sollers passed away last week on May 6 at the age of 86.
From July 9 to 15, Cinea invites you back to Antwerp for their yearly Zomerfilmcollege.
As a response to Jean-Luc Godard’s statement “We don’t know how to film sexual relations”, Nicole Brenez and Luc Vialle have concocted L’image des plaisirs, a programme of 216 brilliant and radical films, love poems, visual caresses or scopic impulses. The first part, subtitled Sexpérimentaux, takes place from 11 to 28 May in the Cinémathèque française.
Four times a year, the Deutsche Kinemathek presents a program of their films, which you can watch for free for three months. Until 14 July they present Female Perspectives, a program with nine feature and documentary films portraying women in front of and behind the camera.
On Friday 28 April MOUV’, the travelling cinema of Forest in Brussels, brings together film professionals for two roundtable discussions to exchange views on new forms of cinema and the role of (neighbourhood) cinema.
In samenwerking met Een Hart Voor Vluchtelingen toont S.M.A.K. de film Sometimes one hour, sometimes three hours van KASK-student Maaike Jaspers. Van 22 april tot 14 mei is de film te zien in de Barco zaal van het S.M.A.K. te Gent.
Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art – in Berlin is hosting a Kira Muratova retrospective until 23 april.
Recently Belgian streamingplatform Avila released a new collection dedicated to the short experimental work of Belgian film pioneer Charles Dekeukeleire.
At the invitation of CINEMATEK and as prelude to C0N10UR, an eight-week exhibition in the city of Mechelen scheduled for next autumn and curated by Auguste Orts, some of the artists participating in the biennial event will present film works: Elephy, Mieriën Coppens & Elie Maisin, Annik Leroy, Rosine Mbakam and Subversive Film.
From April 20 to 23 Het Bos in Antwerp hosts the exhibition Reel Real Double Time by visual artist Ans Mertens.
Pelliculot, in collaboration with the Bruges Library, UGent, and CINEMATEK, has put together a trilogy centered around the film La kermesse héroïque (Jacques Feyder, 1936). With an exhibition, lecture, and film screening, they aim to shed new light on this controversial film.
Raoul Servais, a Belgian pioneer of animation film, passed away on March 17 at the age of 94.
On the occasion of the 2023 edition of Courtisane, we browsed through our archive and compiled this reading list for the upcoming festival.
Every year, the collective Elles Tournent organises the Elles tournent / Dames draaien Festival where women directors are invited to present their films and exchange with the public. This year the festival takes place from 22 to 27 March.
Café Lumière: An Homage to Cinema is een nieuwe cinefiele website gelanceerd door filmonderzoekers Ive Verdoodt en Tim Deschaumes. De website wil vluchtige kijkervaringen een meer bestendig karakter geven en bij uitstek filmische momenten vieren.
On 4 March, SoundImageCulture invites you for an afternoon & evening of screenings, discussions, and warm soup on the occasion of the Brussels launch of the anthology Strangers Within: Documentary as Encounter.
Senegalese filmmaker Safi Faye passed away on 22 February at the age of 79. Faye was a groundbreaking figure in African cinema and the first Black woman from sub-Saharan Africa to direct a commercially distributed film.
Next month, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen will premiere Philippe Grandrieux’s new staging of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. On this occasion, three of his films will be screened in Flemish cinemas.
The annual Classics Restored Festival organised by Cinea is returning on March 3rd, visiting six different Belgian cinemas with a rich program of recently restored films.
As a tribute to film composer Angelo Badalamenti, KASKcinema is screening the first four episodes of Twin Peaks (1990-1991) this Sunday afternoon.
Two films by Belgian-Palestinian filmmaker Michel Khleifi, Fertile Memory (1981) and Ma’loul Celebrates Its Destruction (1985), are newly available to stream on Avila.
On the the occasion of the closing day of the exhibition It Might be a Mirage, West Den Haag will hold a special screening tomorrow of Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema, the monumental film essay the late director released in 1998 to commemorate one hundred years of cinema.
The documentary film festival Festival En Ville ! is back for its 4th edition in Brussels cinemas from January 30 to February 5.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jonas Mekas, Arsenal is hosting a program about Mekas’s work this month, addressing the political dimensions of his oeuvre.
Starting from 18 January, independent cinephile label Capricci is launching a new retrospective of 10 restored films by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet for distribution in French theatres.
Canadian painter, jazz pianist, photographer, sculptor and filmmaker Michael Snow passed away on 5 January.
Sabzian is taking a break. We’ll be back on 9 January. Best wishes and Happy New Year!
Until 4 January, Another Screen is hosting the group programme Films from Iran for Iran to show solidarity with the current protest movement in Iran, joining films by women and non-binary filmmakers, made from 1979 to the present day, with a focus on experimental and non-fiction work.
From December 15, Eye Filmmuseum is releasing five new Béla Tarr restorations in Dutch film theaters.
Pour l’édition 2022 du State of Cinema, Sabzian et Bozar ont le plaisir d’accueillir le réalisateur chinois Wang Bing.
Sabzian en Bozar zijn verheugd om de Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing te mogen verwelkomen voor de State of Cinema 2022.
On 20 November, French filmmaker Jean-Marie Straub passed away at the age of 89.
Between 19 and 23 November, Halaqat Film Days celebrates the old and the new generation of Arab women directors and actresses, showcasing recent films and productions from the past thanks to a programme that creates a dialogue between the works and the different generations of women directors.
Sabzian and Bozar are delighted to welcome Chinese director Wang Bing for the State of Cinema 2022.
From 17 to 20 November, the four-day festival Visite takes place again at art space Het Bos for its tenth edition, offering 5 film programs, a performance, a concert, a group exhibition, an artist talk, 3 dinners and a breakfast.
To honor Charlie Chaplin and his genius, arthouse cinema Studio Skoop in Ghent is running a retrospective of ten of his films over the period of one year.