Courtisane festival 2019

Notes on cinema
3 April, 2019 - 7 April, 2019


Claire Denis  

Thirty years after the release of her first feature film, French filmmaker Claire Denis is now regarded as one of the world’s most distinctive and significant cinematic voices. Her films feel their way through charged situations and complex relationships - cultural, familial, sexual - by attending to the textures and rhythms of the physical world and to the ways that people move through it. In conjunction with the Belgian release of her latest film High Life, CINEMATEK and Courtisane are organising a complete retrospective of this extraordinary filmmaker’s oeuvre. At the Courtisane Festival the work of Claire Denis will be celebrated with a series of screenings and conversations.  

Alia Syed  

Alia Syed made her early 16mm films at the London Film-makers Co-operative in the mid-1980s, using the Co-op’s optical printer as a means to explore issues of identity and representation. Her work proposes an ongoing investigation of the nature and role of language in intercultural communication, with a focus on borders and boundaries, translation and the trans-cultured self. Her films draw from personal and historical realities in order to address the subjective relationship to gender, location, diaspora and colonialism. Born in 1964 in Swansea, Wales, Alia Syed lives between London and Glasgow. This Artist in Focus programme is the first survey of her work in Belgium.    


Noriaki Tsuchimoto

After the focus dedicated to the work of Ogawa Shinsuke and Ogawa Productions in 2017, Courtisane will present a programme of the films of Tsuchimoto Noriaki, one of the most important postwar documentary filmmakers of Japan. The program will comprise of a varied selection of his films from the period 1963 — 1984, including some of his rarely shown first documentaries directed for Iwanami Productions, two films about the Japanese student movement as well as a selection of the influential films he dedicated to the victims of the Minamata mercury poisoning disaster. In order to gain further insight into the practice and vision of Tsuchimoto Noriaki we have invited filmmaker John Gianvito, whose work is greatly influenced by Tsuchimoto’s methods, and scholar of Japanese studies Aaron Gerow, who will give an illustrated lecture about the work of the director.