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Stoffel Debuysere on Tue, 15 Mar 2011 18:03:59 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime-ann> Courtisane Festival 2011


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Dear all,

The programme of the Courtisane Festival 2011 (March 30 – April 3, Gent - Belgium) is now online: www.courtisane.be.

In competition: works by Florence Aigner & Laurent Van Lancker, Thom Andersen, Herman Asselberghs, Ute Aurand, Neil Beloufa, Sofie Benoot, Mohamed Bourouissa, Robert Cambrinus, Gerard-Jan Claes & Olivia Rochette, Phil Collins, Thomas Comerford, Alexandra Cuesta, Raphaël Cuomo & Maria Iorio, Karel de Cock, Lluís Escartín, Jacques Faton & Alpha Sadou Gano, Pieter Geenen, Tao Gu, Inger Lise Hansen, Devin Horan, Khaled Jarrar, Lotte Knaepen, Laida Lertxundi, Rebecca Meyers, Miranda Pennell, Nicolas Provost, Samantha Rebello, Ben Rivers, Till Roeskens, Margaret Salmon, Peter Todd, Sarah Vanagt, Amir Yatziv.

On top of the yearly selection of recent film and video works by Belgian and international artists, Courtisane celebrates the work of several “Artists in Focus” : a committed activist filmmaker (Sylvain George), a poet of 16mm film (Robert Fenz) and a seminal avant-garde filmmaker (Robert Beavers). They will each present a selection of their own work as well as a compilation of works by other filmmakers that have influenced their practice. In the same context we will present at Vooruit two unique encounters of cinematographic ingenuity and singular music improvisation: Sylvain George & William Parker (31 March) and Robert Fenz & Wadada Leo Smith (1 April).

“Film Socialisme” (Jean-Luc Godard), “After Empire” (Herman Asselberghs), “Qu’ils reposent en révolte (des figures de guerre)” (Sylvain George), “Meditations on Revolution “ (Robert Fenz), ... Many of the titles in this year’s festival programme reveal a combative questioning of the dominant socio-political system, not only in terms of a radical philosophical and activist discours, but also artistically and cinematographically. The question of what “political cinema” can mean – and what it means to make cinema politically – is the implicit red thread that runs through the programme of Courtisane 2011.

Also in the programme: Martin Arnold installations, Baby Matinee, Disorients performance by Florence Aigner, Laurent Van Lancker, Sébastien Koeppel & Laszlo Umbreit, Andrei Ujica’s ‘Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu’, Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Film Socialisme’, and more.

The influential but rarely shown films of Robert Beavers will not only be screened at the Courtisane Festival but also at Cinematek in Brussels where a selective retrospective of his work will be presented the week following the festival.

Welcome!

The Courtisane team




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