- Sat 12 May 2018
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- Free entry
- All welcome
- Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
- Rated exempt
Knokke, Belgium. The casino of this mundane coastal town became the epicentre of one of the most important events in the history of experimental and avant-garde cinema.
In the early days of cinema all films were experimental. Filmmakers actively explored this new medium, searching for ways to tell a story, to convey meaning and spread ideas by structuring moving images in time. While Hollywood would start growing into a major industry in the late 1920s, others would continue the search for innovation and question its hegemony. Their work would seep slowly yet steadily into the mainstream and help shape our image culture and visual language into what it is today.
Knokke, Belgium. A small mundane coastal town, home to the beau-monde. To compete with Venice and Cannes, the posh casino hosts the second ‘World Festival of Film and the Arts’ in 1949, organised in part by the Royal Cinematheque of Belgium. To celebrate cinema’s 50 year existence, they put together a side program showcasing the medium in all its shapes and forms: surrealist film, absolute film, dadaist films, abstract film,... The side program would soon become a festival in its own right: ‘EXPRMNTL’, dedicated to experimental cinema, and would become a mythical gathering of the avant-garde...
Belgium, 2016, Black and White/Colour, 68min., Rated Exempt Dir. Brecht Debackere