Charles Dekeukeleire

Charles Dekeukeleire (1905-1971) was a Belgian film director. He is considered a pioneer of Belgian cinema, along with Henri Storck. Dekeukeleire is especially known for his experimental silent films, which include his debut film, Combat de boxe (1927), Impatience (1929), Histoire de détective (1930), and Flamme blanche (1930). He had a long career, spanning four decades and oscillating between making documentaries and commissioned works. His film Het kwade oog (1937) was Belgium’s first feature-length fiction film.

Filmed during an actual political demonstration at the foot of the Yser Tower, a young man commits an act of rebellion, after which this experimental short film develops into a cinematographic reflection on the concept of repression.

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