Summer Film College 2017

Last week, Cinea (the Flemish Service for Film Culture) organized its yearly Summer Film College (Zomerfilmcollege) in Cinema Zuid in Antwerp. I’ve been attending the Summer Film College since 2009, when it was still taking place in Bruges, and it’s always a pleasure to dive into this week with each day from morning until midnight lectures and films … a true celebration of cinephilia indeed!

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Bart Versteirt (Cinea) interviewing Iranian director Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa about her autobiographical documentary Jerry and Me (2013)

This year’s Summer Film College was dedicated to two themes: the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and US comedy films from the 1930s and 1940s. You can consult the full programme here. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the two last days, but the lectures by Ruben Demasure, Adrian Martin and Tom Paulus were simply excellent and I enjoyed seeing Trouble in Paradise (1932, Ernst Lubitsch) and Kiarostami’s posthumously finished last film 24 Frames (2017) a lot. Looking forward to next year’s edition!