Sweet Thing – Alexandre Rockwell
Billie is a 15-year-old girl who fantasises Billie Holiday as a sort of fairy godmother and plays mother to her younger brother, Nico. Meeting up with their friend Malik, they run away from home to roam free from their parents’ eye, discovering freedom and enchantment among boats and railway tracks.
Iconoclast of the independent film movement of the 80s and 90s,
Alexandre Rockwell began directing short films in the early 1980s after attending the Cinémathèque Française. His debut feature, Lenz, screened at the 1982 Berlinale. He made his international breakthrough with In the Soup in 1992 and went on to further success with Four Rooms, Somebody to Love and Little Feet. In 2017, he was appointed head of directing at the graduate film department of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Sweet Thing is Rockwell’s follow-up to his award-winning critically acclaimed Little Feet.
The screening will be preceded by an introduction given by Ines Eshun.
"Sweet Thing was my first cinema experience when theatres reopened after the lockdowns. A magical screening where people clapped at the end of the film and were standing teary-eyed in the bathroom afterwards. This gem was shot entirely on 16mm and deserves to be seen on the big screen. Its cinematography is stunning, the performances and soundtrack are both gut-wrenching and heartwarming, and its poetry is a celebration of life."
Thursday 26 May, 20:00 → 21:5093 min Canceled
Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS
- Subtitles: French Dutch
- Original version: English
(US, 2020, DCP, 93')