The lives of boys in a maritime boarding school are interwoven with the sea. This documentary reveals how changeable the sea is, immeasurable yet vulnerable.
A portrait of the Norbertijnenabdij in Heverlee, made for television. The camera slides along walls and balustrades, treads carefully on stairs and portrays the daily life of the monks.
A film adaptation of the eponymous stage performance by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to music by Ligeti and Ysaÿe. The Rosas dancers create a delicate balance between energetic virtuosity and deceleration.
In this ensemble film, men, women and children, overcome by their desires, indulge in the excess of their feelings during a hot, stormy summer evening in the city.
Intimate and personal portrait of the Belgian film archive, CINEMATEK. The film talks of cinema and time in the form of a visual symphony in which a hundred films partake in a unique journey.
With the last ship launched from the Boel shipyard in Temse, the construction of seagoing vessels in Belgium came to an end. This three-part documentary chronicles an industry and the social struggle of its workers.
By means of visual material gathered from online sources, the cineastes create a unique poetic realm in which thoughts, fears, desires and worries, shared via the webcam, merge together.
The chaotic settlement of a Polish Jewish family in Brussels in 1947. A brooding yet restrained biographical journey, the only feature film of the all-too-brief career of the talented Samy Szlingerbaum.
Chantal Akerman was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, producer, artist and writer. She was born in Brussels in 1950, to a family of Polish-Jewish immigrants. This collection charts a path through Chantal Akerman's rich oeuvre of over 50 titles.
Charles Dekeukeleire was a Belgian film director, critic and writer. This collection traces Dekeukeleire's visual deconstructions, from his first short experiment with form in Combat de boxe (1927) to his first narrative feature film The Evil Eye (1937).
A rhythmic film poem which experiments with different editing techniques. The contrast between the professional boxers and the amateurishly assembled set forms the backdrop of a surprising experiment with form.
Loredana Bianconi accompanies her friend on a job search. At 45 the quest is anything but a thankless task. Devenir is about more than the odyssey to a job; the documentary reflects on solidarity, old age, beauty, autonomy, happiness and utopias.
A documentary tracing the history of airplane hijacking as portrayed by mainstream television media, from the first transatlantic hijackings in the 1960s to the state-sponsored suitcase bombs of the 1990s.
A Sunday in Brussels. The guard is changing, children are playing and people are visiting Cinema Aventure. A short film about boredom that manages to sublimate the everyday, without commentary and usage of exceptional images.
In Benin, an old Peugot is passed on from one owner to the next. Until the very day the car, beyond repair, ends up as an abandoned carcass in the street and finally serves as the protecting fetish of the Ouassa villagers.
Four women defy the law of silence and speak out in both frank and accurate fashion about their years as members of the Red Brigades, the largest communist terrorist organisation in post-war Italy. A personal discourse, averse to any myth, slogan or apology.
An essay film targeting the global rise of “fear-as-a-commodity,” in a tale of odd couples and hilarious double deals. Alfred Hitchcock is cast as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period.
What is the value of images as objective testimonies of a conflict? Vanagt turns her attention to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
Jimi tries to return a parcel to a woman from his neighbourhood in Brussels. Finding her becomes an obsession.
Lyrically blending both documentary and narrative elements, Khleifi skilfully and lovingly crafts a portrait of two Palestinian women whose individual struggles both define and transcend the politics that have torn apart their homes and their lives.
Poetically and expertly, Meyer films not only the misery and poverty, but also the moments of joy of the miners’ families in the Belgian region of the Borinage.
Khadija falls asleep on the last subway train. When she wakes up, she must make her way home by foot. On her nocturnal journey through Brussels she finds herself compelled to ask for and give help to the other inhabitants of the night.
A documentary about Gigi and Monica, two street children living in a train station in Bucharest. Monica is expecting a baby. Gigi wants to leave the obscurity of the street and tells us his dreams.
Caught in a dance, bees recount stories about the world around them. From the smallest cell in a honeycomb to the largest economy in the world, this essayistic nature documentary maps the bonds between man and bee.
In a shopping arcade, the paths of customers and shop girls cross on a daily basis. They all dream of love, or sing and dance to the rhythm of a choir of shampoo girls. A musical drama made up of intricate amorous entanglements.
A unique anthology from the oeuvre of Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz. An actor pretends to be a writer while putting words to paper. In a series of tableaux, his texts are performed and a fascinating interplay of words and images ensues.
At a vocational school in Brussels, a couple of boys follow a training to become an electrician. The film documents and stages the lessons at school and their conversations about the future, love and work.
Hedda returns home from an overly long honeymoon with her colourless husband. An old lover who is about to break through with an exceptional novel introduces himself.
In this seemingly classical detective story, the subjective camera eye itself gradually claims the leading role. A playful ode to Dziga Vertov.
A film adaptation of two choreographies by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to music by Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos and Quatuor no. 4.
By giving farmers a voice and showing their struggle for survival, this sensitive portrait of farmers shows a contemporary peasant world, revealing its profound culture and interrogating the present state of the world.
An impressionistic composition filmed in Ostend. The viewer’s gaze is guided by sensual impressions in which the light, compositions, textures and rhythms of the water, the sand and the waves become filmic elements themselves.
The deconstruction of the camera eye is pushed to the utmost in this experimental short film featuring four 'characters': the motorbike, the woman, the mountains and a series of abstract cubes.
Leroy’s first feature film resonates as a poetic rumination, a melancholy declaration of love which takes the form of a dialogue with a Berlin lost to memory.
A carefully made film, offering an intimate insight into the lives of Rosie, Sami, Irakli, and Nathan, four children with different educational needs who are going to regular schools.
Jan Decorte is best known as a theatre maker, although he did spend a number of dedicated early years in the film industry. He appeared in two films by Chantal Akerman and above all, in only a few years he directed three films considered milestones in Belgian cinema.
Jeanne Dielman, a lonely young widow, lives with her son Sylvain following an immutable order. However, something happens that changes her safe routine.
A free take on La Chinoise, a Jean-Luc Godard movie shot in 1967 in Paris. Reallocating its roles and characters fifty years later in Dakar, and updating its plot, this new version offers a meditation on the relationship between politics, justice and memory.
The entrancing love story of Billie and Lucas, a young Brussels couple. The film paints a candid portrait of the formative but also uncertain facets of every (first) love.
A Roma family lives in the vacant Gesù convent in Brussels. As Desiere is working on a fiction film with them, a real eviction of the residents becomes more and more likely.
Panning shots describe the space of a room as a succession of still lifes, after which the filmmaker herself appears in the picture, sitting in bed.
The Marolles is a playground for kids until one day workmen shake up the neighbourhood. The children declare war on them. A film about Brussels in the 1950s, in collaboration with the inhabitants.
Eastern Belgium, beset by linguistic confrontations and an agriculture in decline. The film’s emotional context is just as dramatic: the death of a young farmer’s father. Will he decide to take on the farm or build a new life in the city?
A playful, personal film in the form of a letter and an answer to the question posed by the filmmaker’s daughter: “Daddy, why don’t you make films for children?”
An epistolary film, addressed to filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch, founder of the cinéma vérité genre. In his honour, Eric Pauwels directed this film touching the very essence of cinema and life.
After 44 years filmmaker Boris Lehman returns to Lausanne, where he was born in 1944. His parents, both Polish Jews, sought refuge in the city during the German occupation. Lehman remembers next to nothing of the episode. A film like a time machine.
Only once a year, the original inhabitants of Ma'loul are allowed to return to their Israeli-occupied village. Khleifi documents how the history of this place lives on in the present: in the memories of the old generations and in the imagination of their children.
An artist’s portrait of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. Using a didactic narrative form, De Heusch initiates a dialogue with the artist’s imagination.
A patient look at the final weeks of rehearsal of Mitten wir im Leben sind, a performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, her dance company Rosas and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, to Bach’s cello suites.
In this surrealist silent short film, the masked Mr Fantômas goes through a series of unsavoury adventures in search of his beloved Elvira. Along the way he commits crimes and violates mores.
A video essay about the rehearsal process of the dance performance Mozart / Concert Arias, un moto di gioia, a choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas, which premiered at the Festival d’Avignon in July 1992.
Over a period of 15 years Boris Lehman recorded countless conversations with professional friends such as Jean-Rouch, Jonas Mekas and Robert Kramer. The result is a monumental work, an eight-hour long manifesto in defense of independent cinema.
The final film from Chantal Akerman is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.
How are human beings considered throughout the world when they are consigned to the realm of death? Over a two-year period, the three directors filmed funeral rites in South Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Belgium and the USA.
A dramatic action in miniature. A man enters his flat, after which an unexpected interaction takes place.
Theatremaker Jan Decorte's first feature film covers the lonely life of a Brussels municipal employee who lives with his mother. To break through his deadly spell of boredom, his attention turns to a girl at the gymnastics club.
A homoerotic exploration of beauty to the rhythm of Richard Wagner, Zarah Leander and Sergei Eisenstein. Eric de Kuyper edited film and music clips, with Ulysses’ peregrinations to guide him.
Every year, thousands of Moroccan men cross the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Spain illegally. This documentary goes beyond mere testimony and analyses with clarity and poetry the reasons that drove them to leave their homeland.
Documentary on the transmission of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s contemporary Rosas choreography to the classically-trained ballet dancers of the world-renowned Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris.
The national highway N1 connects Antwerp and Brussels, but at the same time separates the worlds on either side of the highway. The impact of the first national highway in Belgium is portrayed in grandiose scenery.
Two dance films and three documentaries about Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's dance company Rosas.
A fascinating documentary about the Radio Free-movement in Europe, which gives voice, for instance, to the anti-nuclear campaigns, student protests in Italy, and problems of racism encountered by immigrants.
The travel diary of the filmmaker, who travels to Tokyo for love. A documentary where beautiful and at times intimate images interpose over a voice-over reciting an unrelated poetic text.
A young woman mops the floor of her kitchen, polishes her shoes, dances, cooks, tapes the door shut and gives an explosive twist to her usual household routine.
The pessimistic howl of the megalopolis, which tracks the wanderings of a tormented man in the port city of Antwerp through strongly expressionistic imagery. He can only count on the understanding of an orphan and two disillusioned women.
A short film program celebrating the diversity of Belgian cinema, curated with the online film magazine Sabzian.
A short film program honouring Belgian surrealist cinema, curated with the online film magazine Sabzian.
Three experimental short films in which Dekeukeleire playfully explored how cinematic ‘reality’ is constructed.
Soy Libre shows Arnaud's insatiable desire for freedom on a nearly ten year long quest, which brings him from Northern France to Spain to Peru.
Suzanne has had enough of her boyfriend Albert. The drama unfolds in fifteen tableaux, in which she goes over to Albert’s friend Emile. Still, these romantic worries go hand in hand with insatiable boredom.
Pieter Bruegel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus and Belgium form together the backdrop against which various people diligently examine the question: “TO LOOK, what does it mean?” A “drolatic” film diary.
Youssef, a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy falls in love with Aïda, a gypsy girl and leader of a youth gang. Khleifi’s enchanting fairy-tale is set in the Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, during the last turbulent days of the Israeli occupation.
A vagrant mourning the loss of his wife unleashes a chain of strange events in a Flemish village community. In his first feature film, Dekeukeleire combines rural mysticism and avant-garde camera techniques to forge an uncanny love story.
Tomi, Rasto and Mižu are digging a tunnel in view of breaking into a bank vault. What on paper presents itself as a typical heistmovie, turns out to be a different kind of spectacle.
In this surrealist short film, a young man receives the book The Imitation of Jesus Christ from a priest, which induces a strong desire to be crucified. He embarks on a search for a suitable cross in the city.
Young Cyril wants to find his father who placed him in a children's home. During his search, he meets Samantha, who takes him into her home on weekends.
Lawyer Govert Miereveld teaches at a girls' school in a provincial town. He harbours a secret platonic love for his pupil Fran, which plunges him into a downward spiral of mental disorientation. A masterpiece of Belgian magic realism.
An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.
Leroy’s black-and-white images travel along the banks of the Danube, recounting the history of a disintegrated and devastated Eastern Europe. A film that oscillates between a poetic dream and a historical travelogue.
An experimental documentary made up of the voices haunting it: voices of poets and madmen, of a mother and a child. We look at places hard to situate with certainty, places where omens of violence are palpable and scars remain visible.
Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job.
Thirty years ago, Jeancy came to Brussels from Kinshasa. His financial concerns are permeated by the political struggle in the Congolese diaspora. A continuous negotiation of urgencies.
Not far from Los Angeles lies the unfinished desert city of California City. A 25-year-old Lashay T. Warren attempts to build a new life there. A visual rummage through the dusty streets that Lashay playfully describes.
Using letters from famous visitors to Paris - Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Rainer Maria Rilke - the magical image of the city of lights is linked to that of a banal consumerism. A visual essay about the experience of observing and being observed in a Paris with many faces.
The patriarch of a Palestinian village solicits the Israeli governor to lift the curfew for his son’s wedding. The request is granted, on the condition that the man and his soldiers are invited as guests of honour.
A man is in love with a sow. She gives birth to piglets. He hangs them. Out of despair the mother commits suicide. There follows an analysis of decomposition, the devouring of shit and the man’s death, his body flying through the sky.
Filmed during an actual political demonstration at the foot of the Yser Tower, a young man commits an act of rebellion, after which this experimental short film develops into a cinematographic reflection on the concept of repression.
In contemporary Belgium, the faith of 13-year-old Ahmed swings between the absolute ideals of his imam and the temptations of life.