Paradox of Praxis

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This collection is presented on the occasion of the exhibition Francis Alÿs. The Nature of the Game at WIELS (7 September 2023 to 7 January 2024) and offers a small selection of the artist's extensive video work.

Paradox of Praxis
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Echo (Ruben Desiere, 2022)

Under the tutelage of commander Walter Van Dyck, young recruits of the Belgian Armed Forces receive their basic military training.

Kind Hearts (Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes, 2022)

The entrancing love story of Billie and Lucas, a young Brussels couple. The film paints a candid portrait of the formative but also uncertain facets of every (first) love.

Soy Libre (Laure Portier, 2021)

Soy Libre shows Arnaud's insatiable desire for freedom on a nearly ten year long quest, which brings him from Northern France to Spain to Peru.

Charles Dekeukeleire

Charles Dekeukeleire was a Belgian film director, critic and writer. This collection traces Dekeukeleire's visual deconstructions, from his first short experiment with form in Combat de boxe (1927) to his first narrative feature film The Evil Eye (1937).

Short Work: Charles Dekeukeleire

Three experimental short films in which Dekeukeleire playfully explored how cinematic ‘reality’ is constructed.

To The Sea (Annik Leroy, 1999)

Leroy’s black-and-white images travel along the banks of the Danube, recounting the history of a disintegrated and devastated Eastern Europe. A film that oscillates between a poetic dream and a historical travelogue.

In der Dämmerstunde - Berlin (Annik Leroy, 1980)

Leroy’s first feature film resonates as a poetic rumination, a melancholy declaration of love which takes the form of a dialogue with a Berlin lost to memory.

Fertile Memory (Michel Khleifi, 1981)

Lyrically blending both documentary and narrative elements, Khleifi skilfully and lovingly crafts a portrait of two Palestinian women whose individual struggles both define and transcend the politics that have torn apart their homes and their lives.

The Kid with a Bike (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2011)

Young Cyril wants to find his father who placed him in a children's home. During his search, he meets Samantha, who takes him into her home on weekends.

Satori Stress (Jean-Noël Gobron, 1984)

The travel diary of the filmmaker, who travels to Tokyo for love. A documentary where beautiful and at times intimate images interpose over a voice-over reciting an unrelated poetic text.

Toute une nuit (Chantal Akerman, 1982)

In this ensemble film, men, women and children, overcome by their desires, indulge in the excess of their feelings during a hot, stormy summer evening in the city.

De man die zijn haar kort liet knippen (André Delvaux, 1966)

Lawyer Govert Miereveld teaches at a girls' school in a provincial town. He harbours a secret platonic love for his pupil Fran, which plunges him into a downward spiral of mental disorientation. A masterpiece of Belgian magic realism.

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Inside the Distance (Elias Grootaers, 2017)
Inside the Distance
Elias Grootaers,
Not Waving, But Drowning (Elias Grootaers, 2009)
Not Waving, But Drowning
Elias Grootaers,
Spectres (Sven Augustijnen, 2011)
Sven Augustijnen,

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Soy Libre shows Arnaud's insatiable desire for freedom on a nearly ten year long quest, which brings him from Northern France to Spain to Peru.

Archipel 19, Brussels
In cinemas

A poetic essay film on the colonial gaze and the magic lantern. This early type of image projector was used in Belgian colonial propaganda, showcasing the good works of the Church, State and industry.

Art Cinema OFFoff, Ghent
+ Q&A with Hannes Verhoustraete
De Cinema, Antwerp
Bozar, Brussels
Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk
Cinema RITCS, Brussels
Cinéma Nova, Brussels
+ Q&A with Hannes Verhoustraete
+ more screeningsmeer vertoningenplus de séances

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