Courtisane festival, notes on cinema, 23nd edition, 27 - 31 March 2024
En Vagues is an associative and fleeting recollection of a mysterious landscape and a disrupted relationship. The view is deployed as an evocation of the soul, rough and torn. The deserted island is smothered and dominated by the sea, which pulls it towards it uninvited, pulsating and infinite. The film is a sensory journey, a dream like the tides lost in time. With a soundtrack by Bert Dockx, Thomas Jillings & Louis Evrard (3/4 of the band Ottla).
I Am Going
A dizzying climb up a parachute tower in the snow. In the single-sequence film, Robakowski counts the steps, increasingly out of breath, until, after three minutes, one roll of film and two hundred steps later, he reaches the top. The maker is left alone with his camera, through which he becomes connected and entangled with the landscape and his own energy. A play between the limitations of the artist’s psychophysical body and the mechanical body of his camera.
A sequence of banal encounters plays out en route to the pool of a luxury hotel. An escape to an anonymous place and exuberant lifestyle, a dream, an idea. The path is a kind of social diegesis unfolding in real time for the author. Without strictly separating reality from the staged, Pozi forms a post-cinematic approach to a self-portrait in which she gives deeper meaning to the most mundane moments of her life. Feelings of loneliness and exclusion come to light in a world obsessed with digitally capturing almost every second.
A welcoming cinematic invitation to enter architect Willy Serneel’s building Maison Klock. In a hospitable way, the viewer is drawn into a family bubble, normal people in normal places in an extraordinarily gentle film about small events.
Blind Date 2.0
The introverted Paul candidly welcomes the film crew and a sex date to his home. The film speaks not of lustful arousal but of empathy, of the filmmaker with his protagonist and of the protagonist with his guest. As viewers, we stand still with the camera in the doorway. We neither move forward nor backward. From the threshold, we don't know if we want to intrude into the extreme intimacy or withdraw from the uncomfortable affection.
German spoken, English subtitles
Forest Coal Pit
A sunny summer in Black Mountains, South Wales. Along the sidelines of busy life, among sheep, two elderly brothers live in a hyper local reality. They feed cattle, tend the garden, and make tea while chatting about elephants in China, ghosts, and ordering services. The essence of transient life, in the shadows of existence, seems to be laid bare.