PARADISIAC + SHORTS
WEDNESDAY, 20 APRIL 2022
20:00 - 22:00
This screening session features 5 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Tickets are only 6€ per session, and include a free drink at the Studio Skoop bar afterwards. *All proceeds go to The Bigger Screen, an international organisation supporting independent filmmakers.
RIVOLTA E MALINCONIA (ITALY) BY MATTIA BIONDI
Synopsis: On the beach where ancient poetry was saved with all its creatures, a romantic artist tries to convince the bourgeois audience of the timelessness of the past. Running time: 00:05:10.
Selections/awards: Laceno d'oro, Brussels Independent FF.
About the director: Mattia Biondi is an Italian independent filmmaker who works at the end of the images. His research is based on the use of minimal and essential technical instruments and it is oriented at the development of creative processes concerning the fusion of archival material and autobiographical elements. He is one of the curators of the Laterale Film Festival, the founder of the film distribution company Piccolo Cinema Ovale and the director of artistic laboratory Segmenta Infiniti.
AN INTEGRAL MAN (BELGIUM) BY CHARLOTTE GIJSSELS
Synopsis: Jean Paul Van Bendegem, a philosopher and mathematician, is a known public figure in Flanders. The movie offers an intimate look into his insecurities and into how he experiences the world. Running time: 00:09:34.
About the director: Charlotte Gijssels' working process is best described by Calvin & Hobbes. “You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” Charlotte is sometimes an independent film maker, sometimes a social worker, sometimes a copywriter, sometimes a slow sloth who loves to sit in the sun. Up to now exploring mostly the intimate, trying to capture emotions in motion. She loves playfulness and has a love for dreams, the little daily things, the beauty of the unremarkable, the invisible, the forgotten.
SCARS (CANADA) BY ALEX ANNA
Synopsis: Alex Anna’s body is a canvas : her scars come to life to tell a new story of self-harming. Live action and animation intertwine in this short and poetic documentary, both intimate and universal. Running time: 00:10:00.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Doc.London Documentary FF, Toronto Arthouse FF, and more.
About the director: Alex Anna is a director and script supervisor in love with cinematographic language and words in all their beauty. As a queer and feminist filmmaker, she signed her first short film “The Fruit of Our Womb” in 2017 (as Laurie Mannessier), and uses art as a way to fight for a better world.
MY FATHER’S NAPLES (ITALY) BY ALESSIA BOTTONE
Synopsis: Giuseppe used to stare at the horizon as if there was something liberating about it. His daughter Alessia, the director of this film, would often see him staring out the window like that, wondering what could attract his attention so intensely. Giuseppe’s story revolves around the themes of exile and fear of the unknown, which bind Italy’s 20th century migrants, cardboard suitcases in hand, to today’s migrants landing on the country’s southern coast. As the train devours the rails mile after mile, Alessia comes to understand what her father was thinking and seeing: his memories. The return to Naples becomes the opportunity to tell his life’s journey and thus discover her own origins. Because no matter how far we go, we always come back to where it all began. Running time: 00:20:00.
Selections/awards: Brussels Independent FF, Verona International FF (Best Italian Film), Festival Filoteo Alberini (Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing), Ethnos Festival (Best movie), Bellaria Film Festival, Bangkok Sign of the Nuit, Sedicicorto Film Festival, Coffi Film Festival (Best Documentary), and more.
About the director: Director, screenwriter, journalist and graduate in Institutions and Policies for Human Rights and Peace. In 2017 she completed a Masters programme entitled Screenwriting ‘Carlo Mazzacurati’ at the University of Padua in Italy. She wrote and directed the short film Violenza invisibile (Invisible Violence), which explores psychological violence against women, and two documentaries: Ritratti in controluce (Backlit Portraits) and Ieri come oggi (Today Like Yesterday). In 2017 she won a number of prizes for her journalistic inquiries (into PFAS contamination in Veneto, into social communication, and into architectural barriers). In 2018 she was among the finalists for the “Premio Cesare Zavattini” for a project involving the creative re-use of archive cinema, as well as the “Premio Luzzati” for short films. My Father’s Naples is her first short film using archive images.
PARADISIAC (BELGIUM) BY BAS VAN HOECK
Synopsis: Paradisiac is a kaleidoscopic portrait of the majestic Hotel Mozart, located in the heart of Brussels. For 26 years, the charming Ben Abderrahman has been the owner of the hotel. Every night, Ben goes out into the streets of Brussels to distribute bread to the less fortunate and to offer his empty hotel rooms to people without a home, people without papers, (trans)migrants, … who need a place to stay and unwind. Completely voluntary and motivated by the Koran, he refuses to keep his luxury to himself and shares it with all those in need. The film gives an insight into this fragile and extraordinary 'Mozart universe'. Running time: 00:48:00.
About the director: Bas Van Hoeck (1995) is a documentary filmmaker. He completed his Masters in 'Agogical Sciences' at the Free University of Brussels in 2017, where his interest for the Brussels context and social issues grew. He had the opportunity to publish his thesis research, on the perception of citizenship among underage newcomers, in a book. From the need to continue telling stories, to research and his love for film, Bas decided to study 'Audiovisual Arts: documentary direction' at the RITCS school of arts in Brussels. In 2021 he received his master's degree with his graduation film Paradisiac.