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Meer nog dan een vreemde film is Naked Lunch een film die mainstreamfilms vreemd maakt. Er komt immers iets bloot te liggen van de mechanismen die we als normaal beschouwen. We kunnen de parallel trekken met medici die het normale fysieke functioneren trachten te begrijpen door de afwijking, een ziekte, te onderzoeken.

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Van 9 juni tot en met 31 augustus wijdt CINEMATEK een tentoonstelling aan Fernand Schirren, de hoofdpianist die stille films begeleidde vanaf de oprichting van het Filmmuseum in 1962 tot 1982. In 1982 hielp Schirren mee aan het samenstellen van een vaste ploeg pianisten die de dagelijkse projecties in CINEMATEK zouden begeleiden, waaronder Jean-Luc Plouvier. Plouvier: “Zonder voorbereiding improviseren op stille films is een bijzondere discipline, sterk te onderscheiden van het schrijven van filmmuziek. De pianist staat niet aan de kant van de regisseur en de monteur, die voorbereid zijn en hun werk meestal verbergen.”

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In order to get at how I think about making a movie at a low budget, I have to be able to give you the theory, the narrative theory, that supports my reasons for making movies. If any of you have seen my work, you know I’m only interested in telling stories, and most of those stories are fairly contemporary. And to some degree they are ahistorical, meaning, though I think that is going to change, that the focus of the work is entirely narrative in orientation.

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It would be more than fair to say that in American films, the motif of adventure is one of the favorite story-telling devices. So many films come to mind – from the most banal to the most memorable of the western, detective, and war genre films of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s to the rash of modern-day science fiction films patterned on the Star Wars or Close Encounters formulas. (...) Two other films stand out in my mind that take the adventure story theme to another level, and therefore deserve a closer look: Charles Lane’s A Place in Time, and Charles Burnett’s Killer Of Sheep.

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Het nieuws passeerde bijna geruisloos: eind februari vroeg Filmmagie het faillissement aan, het oudste filmtijdschrift van het land legde finaal de boeken neer. (...) Drie weken geleden lanceerde het VAF een oproep voor projectsubsidies van 65 000 euro voor een opvolger van Filmmagie. Het tijdschrift moet focussen “op onafhankelijke filmkritiek met oog voor enerzijds kwaliteitsfilms met een culturele en maatschappelijke betekenis en anderzijds voor de ontwikkeling van filmcultuur in Vlaanderen en daarbuiten”. Daarbij moeten “achtergrond, kritiek en verdieping hand in hand gaan”. 

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As the pioneer of female Tunisian filmmakers, Selma Baccar has first and foremost also answered back to men’s representations of women in her own films. From The Awakening (1966) to Fatma 75 (1975), The Dance of Fire (1995) to Flower of Oblivion (2006), the historical detail, contemporary relevance and concern with women in a much wider context have gained her the reputation of the “grande dame” of Tunisian cinema: a feminist activist. Selma Baccar: “As an activist for women’s rights, I have always felt that women are the cornerstone of society in general, and as a child of the age of protests in the 1960s I felt that I could be not only a spokesperson for the Tunisian woman but also an informer and critic of the contemporary atmosphere in Tunisia.”

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“It’s much more enjoyable to watch theatre than to make theatre, and it is much more enjoyable to make films than to watch a film, because film is a much more evolved medium when it comes to the material you are interpreting. Imagine to simply steal someone’s face, their appearance, capturing it at the angle you’re most attracted to, where it moves you, and to try to piece together all that you’ve stolen afterwards during the editing; that you can then fabricate something very moving.”

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En 1956, Paul De Swaef passe sur le tournage du film Le chantier des gosses de Jean Harlez pour le journal dominical belge Germinal, film qui sera finalement présenté en première à Bruxelles en 1970.

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Once again, the guerrillas did not tell me about the difficulties of the coming ordeal. This strategy increasingly infuriates me. It’s secrecy plain and simple. Yet an intellectual had warned me: “They say it’s a two-hour walk. It takes me five or six hours.” Yet the Yemeni cameraman exclaims when they go to fetch us water: “But these men are like goats. They don’t walk. They are jumping on the rocks.” I still get angry when their “few hours of walking” become ten or fourteen.


Although there has been a notable rise of Arab female film directors in recent decades, the work of many pioneers tends to remain painfully neglected. The Out of the Shadows film programme, originally conceived for the Courtisane festival 2020 in Ghent, was intended to address this obscurity and revitalize the work of a diversity of filmmakers whose films remain overlooked and barely screened. Five of these filmmakers are presented in this Dossier: Atteyat Al-Abnoudy, Selma Baccar, Assia Djebar, Jocelyne Saab and Heiny Srour. In the words of Assia Djebar: “All of us, all of us who come from the world of women in the shadows, are reversing the process: at last it is we who are looking, we who are making a beginning. ”

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Film is fundamentally the choice of a viewpoint in space, toward that space. Film is recording and therefore fundamentally contemporary (one cannot record that which is gone, the past). The spectator always watches contemporary images (even when they have aged, they remain contemporary through their model). This disposition sees to it that those who love films become ‘contemporary’ with every film.

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Vandaag, heel wat jaren later, heeft een Amerikaanse cineast, Gus Van Sant, weten te begrijpen dat een beheerst en systematisch soepel gebruik van de Steadicam de basis zou kunnen vormen voor een volkomen nieuwe analytiek van alledaags geweld. Dat is de grootste vernieuwing van Elephant.