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26th TIDF: Greek Premiere

The colonial wound inflicted on the Congo by Leopold’s Belgian rule and the missionary activity of the Catholic Church is transformed into an evocative filmic essay, hauntingly endowed with the almost metaphysical power borne by early still and moving image devices. The stereoscope, the magical lantern, the slide, all sorts of phantasmagoric devices of cinematic prehistory that became propaganda tools for the violent civilizing of the native population according to the European model, and through which Church and State promoted to the Belgians their “noble” mission in the Congo, restore here something of the reciprocally distorted big picture. A surgically precise meditation on the most shadowy point of contact between historical event and narrative, a pertinent reminder of the power and the often unseen violence of the image and, by extension, of the ethical dimension of filmmaking.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Hannes Verhoustraete
Script: Hannes Verhoustraete
Cinematography: Hannes Verhoustraete
Editing: Hannes Verhoustraete
Sound: Nina de Vroome
Production: Accattone Films
Producers: Ruben Desiere, Hannes Verhoustraete
Co-production: KASK School of Arts
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B&W
Production Country: Belgium
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 75'
Contact: Avila Film
Awards/Distinctions: Jury Prize (International Competition), Special Mention (Youth Jury), Special Mention by the Critics Jury – Pesaro FF 2023, Grand Prize (International Competition) – Mostra internazionale del cinema di Genova FLIGHT 2023; Young Jury Prize – Brussels FF 2023

Hannes Verhoustraete


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