Architecture Film Festival Brussels
09 - 10.09.2021 // Recyclart
A two day film program curated by Ingel Vaikla and Emma van der Put on invitation by City3, in which the built environment of Brussel plays a lead role. Introduction by: Olaf Winkler. Special thanks to: Kalliopi Dimitrakopoulou, Lars Fisher, Rob Ritzen and Jorg de Vriese. With the support of Urban Brussels and Sonuma.
I: THE CITY AS MUSEUM
09.09.2021 // 20:30
In the first program ‘The City as Museum’ we move through Brussels, passing by tangible traces of the city’s history. The film Travelogue 1: The Dream of Leopold II by Stefaan Decostere poses the idea of ‘the city as museum’ and takes us on a guided tour, with a special interest in King Leopold II who was eager to add quite some specimens to the collection. In the city as living museum, we see reminders of what preceded, fulfilled dreams and achievements, solid marks of power. But as the filmmakers in this program show, their narrative is not fixed and never singular. By looking at how the city is used in response to the constructions we inherited from the past, they are giving voice to a multitude of perspectives.
With films by: Stefaan Decostere, Sarah Vanagt, Gregor Eldarb, Ben de Raes, Ans Mertens, Julie Daems.
II: THE FUTURE IS DARK WHICH IS ON THE WHOLE THE BEST THING THE FUTURE CAN BE, I THINK.
10.09.2021 // 20:30
The second film program of Architecture Film Festival takes us on a walk through the city of Brussels to observe it’s collective and personalized dreams poured in concrete. The constructive and destructive forces
performed on these fragile structures keeps the unconsciousness of the city in a constant flux. The title of the program “The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think,” is borrowed from Herman Asselbergh’s film Altogether where the sentence is repeated in a protest taking place on streets of Brussels. The quote originally belongs to Virginia Woolf who wrote it in her journal, when she was almost thirty-three years old and the First World War was beginning to turn into catastrophe on an unprecedented scale that would continue for years.
This program which brings audiovisual works together from different times, genres and makers looks into the grand modernist narratives of Brussels while also shining light on the smallest darkest corners of Brussels neighborhoods, its private apartments and personal stories. This constellation of moving images invites the audience to stay curious about the yet undefined parts of what the future can be.
With films by: Georges Konen & Pierre Manuel, Boris Lehman, Aglaia Konrad, Herman Asselberghs, Paulius Sliaupa, Mattijs Driesen, The Blaze.