BOZAR invites you to lean back on your couch at home and to use your imagination to travel through the world of cinema. We have selected some of the most interesting, touching or breathtaking films, documentaries, cinema podcasts or series, for you to discover at any hour of the day or night!
Delphine et Carole, Insoumuses - Callisto Mc Nulty
The film traces the friendship between Delphine Seyrig (actress - Peau d’âne, Jeanne Dieleman, 23, Quai du Commerce, etc.) and Carole Roussopoullos but also their struggles, anger, videos and notorious statements. A film that is essential in its essence; a film about feminism and the power of cinema! A documentary as fascinating as it is entertaining. An intelligent feminist film that is accessible to all.
My Journey from Marine to Actor (Adam Driver, TED Talks Live)
With this talk we are glad to propose a combination of our love for self-growth, people’s stories and cinema. Here, a great actor of this time tells us about his personal story, told in his own unique and humurous style. Can’t get enough of it? Catch up on one of his latest roles in The Report, which we premiered last October.
ARDE MADRID - Paco Leon (TV series – 8 x 30min)
If you were present at the advance screening of the first two episodes at Are You Series in 2018, then this is the opportunity to discover the further adventures of our duo of Francoist spies who set off in hot pursuit of the notorious Ava Gardner who chose Madrid as the stage for her glamour…
GR5 - Gert Goovaerts & Linnsey Peeters (Belgian series)
This is the new Belgian series that is likely to cause quite a sensation! Amazing decors, intriguing mystery and magnificent performances by the actors… Don't miss the new gem from the VRT every Sunday evening and on vrt.nu!
Available free of charge on vrt.nu
Hissein Habré : A Chadian Tragedy - Mahamat Saleh-Haroun (FR/CHAD, 82’, 2016)
We give homage to the Chadian film director, Mahamat Saleh-Haroun, who was at BOZAR in 2010 to present his long feature film “Un Homme Qui Crie” which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2010. IDFA give you the chance to catch up a more recent documentary directed by him about the terror dictatorship of Hissen Habré in Chad.
Whose Country - Mohamed Siam (USA, 60 minutes, 2016)
In the context of L’Heure d’Hiver Cairo, in partnership with the Cinema Galeries, BOZAR invited the Egyptian film director Mohamed Siam to present and have a talk with the audience on his last documentary Amal and the after-revolution era of Egypt. His previous work, Whose Country, deals with the beginning of the social uprising in the streets of Cairo against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak.
Losing Ground – Kathleen Collins (USA, 86 minutes, 1982)
Together with Julie Dash, who was our honour guest of the Afropolitan Festival 2018 edition, Kathleen Collins marked the history of cinema by directing the first film created by a Black woman designed to tell a story for popular consumption: Losing Ground (1982). Nine years before the masterpiece Daughters of the Dust, this African American female director was fighting to have her deserved recognition in a film industry dominated by white men. To give an idea on the injustice of the issue: Losing Ground has never had a theatrical release.
If you want to find out a little bit more on the life of Kathleen Collins, Film Comment takes you into a comparative reflection between Losing Ground and other important contributions to cinema history.
While Apichatpong Weerasethakul is working on his next film Memoria, we have a chance to see his most recent short work Blue for free via the Opéra National de Paris. 10 years ago already, he came to BOZAR to present his widely lauded film Uncle Boonmee and has since then steadily crafted a distinctive body of work that is deeply poetic and filled with the everyday magic rooted in Thai culture, always full with rich layers of sound. The shortfilm Blue fits perfectly in that description.
Blue – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thaïlande, 12 minutes, 2018)
Cemetery of Splendour – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thaïlande, 122 minutes, 2015)
Now that we have mentioned the sound in his films, we’re obliged to also add the wonderful soundworks album he released in 2017, Metaphors. Compiled out of location sounds recorded on several of his films, creating a rich tapestry of sounds that will transport you right to the jungles and rivers of Thailand, with little surprises here and there. We can’t recommend it enough.
Metaphors – Apichatpong Weerasethakul (audio, 2017)
Lawrence Abu Hamdan (installations, performances, videos)
Lawrence Abu Hamdan defines himself as ‘private ear’, an artist and audio investigator whose practice (installations, performances, videos) explores ‘the politics of listening’ and the role of sound and voice within law and human rights. His works have been used as evidence at the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and as advocacy for organisations such as Amnesty International, for instance. Lawrence was one of the four winners of the 2019 Turner Prize. In the present context of the corona crisis, Lawrence decided to upload his latest videos on YouTube, until the venues that were planning to screen and exhibit them over the next few months can reopen. Among them is Rubber Coated Steel, which was screened at BOZAR in the context of the KunstenFestivaldesArts 2017.
2 Lizards is an ongoing Instagram animation series made by Orian Barki and Meriem Bennani while self-isolating because of COVID-19."Beautiful moment of communion through sound waves in Brooklyn despite social distancing—the virus's protective membrane is very sensitive to soap and heat but also bass. These two lizards are lucky they work from home and can afford to stay inside.” — Meriem Bennani
While we stay inside, these coming weeks might also be a good time to listen to the voices of great filmmakers, talking about their work and our troubled times. France Culture has an amazing collection of interviews with artists that were hosted by the radio over the years. Among these interviews we found, for instance, a recent conversation with Jean-Luc Godard; always fascinating, an inspiring 1989 interview of Chantal Akerman by legendary film critic Serge Daney; and a five part conversation with Alain Cavalier, who was our guest about a year ago.