Cinema Canvas: Dangerous Liaisons

Gisteravond maakte ik voor de tweede keer mijn opwachting bij Cinema Canvas. Ik gaf er duiding bij de film Fight club (1999, David Fincher), een keuze van actrice en regisseuse Hilde Van Mieghem. Je kan de aflevering hier herbekijken.

Cinema Canvas Antwerpen

Volgende week trek ik naar Genk om er op woensdag Badlands (1973, Terrence Malick) en op donderdag Miller’s Crossing (1990, Ethan & Joel Coen) te bespreken.

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!

Aankondiging boekpublicatie

In October 2017, my book on the history of film policy in Flanders will be published. To be continued …

In de zomercatalogus van uitgeverij Academia Press staat de aankondiging van mijn boek Subsidie, camera, actie!, dat in oktober 2017 zal verschijnen. Het boek is een herwerking van mijn doctoraal proefschrift over de geschiedenis van het filmbeleid in Vlaanderen. Wordt alleszins vervolgd …

 

Academia Press aankondiging Subsidie camera actie

Boekaankondiging in de catalogus

Research stay in Rome

Last Friday, I arrived in Rome, where I’ll enjoy a two-month research stay at, and supported by, the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome. As I have done in Paris in 2015 and in Amsterdam in 2016, I will study the history of film relations between Belgium and the country where I’m staying. For this research on official Belgian-Italian co-operation agreements and concrete coproductions, I will visit the Istituto LUCE-Cinecitta, the Direzione Generale per gli Archivi and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Roma in Rome, and the Cineteca di Bologna in Bologna.

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Academia Belgica

I am grateful to be able to stay at the Academia Belgica, an fantastic institute and residency which has provided accommodation to numerous Belgian scholars and artists since 1939. My research stay started yesterday in a classy and very Roman style, as the director of the Academia Belgica, Wouter Bracke, had organized an impressive archeological tour in the magnificent Domus Aurea, Emperor Nero’s palace.

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Jan Cox’ painting ‘Hugo Claus and I’, which he painted during his residency at the Academia Belgica in 1954-1955. During that time, Cox’ lifelong friend Hugo Claus also stayed in Rome, where he got inspired by the Italian film world to write his 1956 novel ‘De Koele Minnaar’.

SCMS conference Chicago

Last week, I was fortunate to be able to attend the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the biggest conference in the world focusing mainly on film. The conference took place in Chicago, which is worth a visit for its Arts Institute and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture alone. I attended several great presentations, and it was a stimulating experience to engage with so many North-American scholars and scholarly work for the first time in my life (hitherto I had only attended European conferences).

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Our panel: Petar Mitric, Julia Hammett-Jamart, myself and Marco Cucco

I was part of one of two panels on co-production policies and practices, organized by the International Coproduction Research Network, a consortium of scholars from around the world working on the policies and practices that shape international coproductions. I gave a presentation on Dutch-Belgian coproduction policies from the 1960s until the 1980s, and the role of a Greater-Dutch cultural ideology in this history.

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Hopper’s Nighthawks at the Arts Institute

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House