Film
A Sea Change (Nina de Vroome, 2016)

The lives of boys in a maritime boarding school are interwoven with the sea. This documentary reveals how changeable the sea is, immeasurable yet vulnerable.

Film
Abdij van Park Heverlee (Jef Cornelis, 1964)

A portrait of the Norbertijnenabdij in Heverlee, made for television. The camera slides along walls and balustrades, treads carefully on stairs and portrays the daily life of the monks.

Film
Achterland (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, 1994)

A film adaptation of the eponymous stage performance by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to music by Ligeti and Ysaÿe. The Rosas dancers create a delicate balance between energetic virtuosity and deceleration.

Film
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.

Film
Archipels nitrate (Claudio Pazienza, 2009)

Intimate and personal portrait of the Belgian film archive, CINEMATEK. The film talks of cinema and time in the form of a visual symphony in which a hundred films partake in a unique journey.

Cluster
As Long As Shipbuilders Keep Singing

With the last ship launched from the Boel shipyard in Temse, the construction of seagoing vessels in Belgium came to an end. This three-part documentary chronicles an industry and the social struggle of its workers.

Film
Because We Are Visual (Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes, 2010)

By means of visual material gathered from online sources, the cineastes create a unique poetic realm in which thoughts, fears, desires and worries, shared via the webcam, merge together.

Versions
Broken View (Hannes Verhoustraete, 2023)

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.

Film
Brussels Transit (Samy Szlingerbaum, 1980)

The chaotic settlement of a Polish Jewish family in Brussels in 1947. A brooding yet restrained biographical journey, the only feature film of the all-too-brief career of the talented Samy Szlingerbaum.

Collection
Chantal Akerman Collection

Chantal Akerman was a Belgian film director, screenwriter, producer, artist and writer. She was born in Brussels in 1950, to a family of Polish-Jewish immigrants. This collection charts a path through Chantal Akerman's rich oeuvre of over 50 titles.

Collection
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).

Film
Children’s Game #1: Caracoles (Francis Alÿs, 1999)

In this first video of the famous Children’s Games series, a boy attempts to kick a plastic bottle up a steep road, navigating challenges from gravity, a zigzagging path, and a dog.

Film
Children’s Game #31: Slakken (Francis Alÿs , 2021)

In Belgium’s Pajottenland, a group of children gather for a game of unequal chances: snail racing. This video is part of the ongoing Children’s Games series.

Film
Combat de boxe (Charles Dekeukeleire, 1927)

A rhythmic film poem which experiments with different editing techniques. The contrast between the professional boxers and the amateurishly assembled set forms the backdrop of a surprising experiment with form.

Film
Devenir (Lorédana Bianconi, 2004)

Loredana Bianconi accompanies her friend on a job search. At 45 the quest is anything but a thankless task. Devenir is about more than the odyssey to a job; the documentary reflects on solidarity, old age, beauty, autonomy, happiness and utopias.

Film
dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (Johan Grimonprez, 1997)

A documentary tracing the history of airplane hijacking as portrayed by mainstream television media, from the first transatlantic hijackings in the 1960s to the state-sponsored suitcase bombs of the 1990s.

Film
Dimanche (Edmond Bernhard, 1963)

A Sunday in Brussels. The guard is changing, children are playing and people are visiting Cinema Aventure. A short film about boredom that manages to sublimate the everyday, without commentary and usage of exceptional images.

Film
Divine Body (Dominique Loreau, 1998)

In Benin, an old Peugot is passed on from one owner to the next. Until the very day the car, beyond repair, ends up as an abandoned carcass in the street and finally serves as the protecting fetish of the Ouassa villagers.

Film
Do You Remember Revolution? (Lorédana Bianconi, 1997)

Four women defy the law of silence and speak out in  both frank and accurate fashion about their years as members of the Red Brigades, the largest communist terrorist organisation in post-war Italy. A personal discourse, averse to any myth, slogan or apology.

Film
Double Take (Johan Grimonprez, 2009)

An essay film targeting the global rise of “fear-as-a-commodity,” in a tale of odd couples and hilarious double deals. Alfred Hitchcock is cast as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. 

Film
Dust Breeding (Sarah Vanagt, 2013)

What is the value of images as objective testimonies of a conflict? Vanagt turns her attention to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.

Film
Echo (Ruben Desiere, 2022)

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

Film
Étangs Noirs (Timeau De Keyser & Pieter Dumoulin, 2018)

Jimi tries to return a parcel to a woman from his neighbourhood in Brussels. Finding her becomes an obsession.

Film
Fase (Thierry De Mey, 2002)

Twenty years after the eponymous choreography that put dance company Rosas on the map, the performance was adapted to film. The dance film explores the relationship between movement, music and image, creating a unique and immersive cinematic experience.

Film
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.

Film
Fitzroy Square (Francis Alÿs, 2004)

Francis Alÿs strolls along Fitzroy Square in London, drumming out rhythms by dragging a wooden stick on the iron railings.

Collection
Paradox of Praxis

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.

Film
From the Branches Drops the Withered Blossom (Paul Meyer, 1960)

Poetically and expertly, Meyer films not only the misery and poverty, but also the moments of joy of the miners’ families in the Belgian region of the Borinage.

Film
Ghost Tropic

Khadija falls asleep on the last subway train. When she wakes up, she must make her way home by foot. On her nocturnal journey through Brussels she finds herself compelled to ask for and give help to the other inhabitants of the night.

Film
Gigi, Monica... and Bianca (Benoît Dervaux, 1996)

A documentary about Gigi and Monica, two street children living in a train station in Bucharest. Monica is expecting a baby. Gigi wants to leave the obscurity of the street and tells us his dreams.

Film
Globes (Nina de Vroome, 2021)

Caught in a dance, bees recount stories about the world around them. From the smallest cell in a honeycomb to the largest economy in the world, this essayistic nature documentary maps the bonds between man and bee.

Film
Golden Eighties (Chantal Akerman, 1986)

In a shopping arcade, the paths of customers and shop girls cross on a daily basis. They all dream of love, or sing and dance to the rhythm of a choir of shampoo girls. A musical drama made up of intricate amorous entanglements.

Film
Gombrowicz: Voorvallen, avonturen (Jan Decorte, 1977)

A unique anthology from the oeuvre of Polish novelist Witold Gombrowicz. An actor pretends to be a writer while putting words to paper. In a series of tableaux, his texts are performed and a fascinating interplay of words and images ensues.

Film
Grands travaux

At a vocational school in Brussels, a couple of boys follow a training to become an electrician. The film documents and stages the lessons at school and their conversations about the future, love and work.

Film
Hedda Gabler (Jan Decorte

Hedda returns home from an overly long honeymoon with her colourless husband. An old lover who is about to break through with an exceptional novel introduces himself.

Film
Histoire de détective (Charles Dekeukeleire, 1929)

In this seemingly classical detective story, the subjective camera eye itself gradually claims the leading role. A playful ode to Dziga Vertov.

Film
Hoppla! (Wolfgang Kolb, 1989)

A film adaptation of two choreographies by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker to music by Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos and Quatuor no. 4.

Film
I comme Iran (Sanaz Azari, 2014)

Filmmaker Sanaz Azari learns to read and write in Persian, her native tongue. Gradually, the language lessons on Iranian culture turn into a poetic collage that questions the concept of freedom and the meaning of revolution.

Film
If you are a typical spectator, what you are really doing is waiting for the accident to happen (Francis Alÿs, 1996)

A videotaped journey of a plastic bottle as it is blown by the wind around Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo.

Film
Il a plu sur le grand paysage (Jean-Jacques Adrien, 2012)

In a system where economic growth dominates, the work of Walloon farmers is under pressure. They unite, but despair grows. A sensitive portrait that painfully reveals how the agricultural crisis has been decades in the making.

Film
Images d'Ostende (Henri Storck, 1929)

An impressionistic composition filmed in Ostend. The viewer’s gaze is guided by sensual impressions in which the light, compositions, textures and rhythms of the water, the sand and the waves become filmic elements themselves.

Film
Impatience (Charles Dekeukeleire, 1928)

The deconstruction of the camera eye is pushed to the utmost in this experimental short film featuring four 'characters': the motorbike, the woman, the mountains and a series of abstract cubes.

Film
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.

Film
Inclusive (Ellen Vermeulen, 2018)

A carefully made film, offering an intimate insight into the lives of Rosie, Sami, Irakli, and Nathan, four children with different educational needs who are going to regular schools. 

Film
Inside the Distance (Elias Grootaers, 2017)

A poetic portrait of Giorgi Shakhsuvarian, an Armenian boxing coach from Tbilisi.  While working and living in Belgium, he prepares a young boxer for his European championship. The film melds a sense of distance, the floating experience of time and space, and the choreography of boxing.

Collection
Jan Decorte
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Jan Decorte is best known as a theatre maker, although he did spend a number of dedicated early years in the film industry. He appeared in two films by Chantal Akerman and above all, in only a few years he directed three films considered milestones in Belgian cinema.

Film
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)

Jeanne Dielman, a young widow living with her son Sylvain, follows an immutable day cycle. Soon, however, an unexpected incident disrupts her safe routine.

Film
Juste un mouvement (Vincent Meessen, 2021)

A free take on La Chinoise, a Jean-Luc Godard movie shot in 1967 in Paris. Reallocating its roles and characters fifty years later in Dakar, and updating its plot, this new version offers a meditation on the relationship between politics, justice and memory.

Film
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.

Film
Kosmos

A Roma family lives in the vacant Gesù convent in Brussels. As Desiere is working on a fiction film with them, a real eviction of the residents becomes more and more likely.

Film
La chambre (Chantal Akerman, 1972)

Panning shots describe the space of a room as a succession of still lifes, after which the filmmaker herself appears in the picture, sitting in bed.

Film
Le chantier des gosses (Jean Harlez, 1970)

The Marolles is a playground for kids until one day workmen shake up the neighbourhood. The children declare war on them. A film about Brussels in the 1950s, in collaboration with the inhabitants.

Film
Le grand paysage d’Alexis Droeven (Jean-Jacques Andrien, 1981)

Eastern Belgium, beset by linguistic confrontations and an agriculture in decline. The film’s emotional context is just as dramatic: the death of a young farmer’s father. Will he decide to take on the farm or build a new life in the city? 

Film
Letter from a Filmmaker to His Daughter (Eric Pauwels, 2000)

A playful, personal film in the form of a letter and an answer to the question posed by the filmmaker’s daughter: “Daddy, why don’t you make films for children?”

Film
Lettre à Jean Rouch (Eric Pauwels, 1992)

An epistolary film, addressed to filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch, founder of the cinéma vérité genre. In his honour, Eric Pauwels directed this film touching the very essence of cinema and life.

Film
À la recherche du lieu de ma naissance (Boris Lehman, 1990)

After 44 years filmmaker Boris Lehman returns to Lausanne, where he was born in 1944. His parents, both Polish Jews, sought refuge in the city during the German occupation. Lehman remembers next to nothing of the episode. A film like a time machine.

Film
Ma'loul Celebrates Its Destruction (Michel Khleifi, 1985)

Only once a year, the original inhabitants of Ma'loul are allowed to return to their Israeli-occupied village. Khleifi documents how the history of this place lives on in the present: in the memories of the old generations and in the imagination of their children.

Film
Magnetic Shoes (Francis Alÿs, 1994)

During the 5th Havana Biennial, artist Francis Alÿs put on his magnetic shoes and took daily walks through the streets of the city, collecting scraps of metal lying in his path.

Film
Magritte ou La leçon de choses (Luc de Heusch, 1960)

An artist’s portrait of the Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte. Using a didactic narrative form, De Heusch initiates a dialogue with the artist’s imagination.

Film
Les rendez-vous d'Anna (Chantal Akerman, 1978)

Anna, a Belgian filmmaker, travels through northwestern Europe to promote her latest film. Her temporary stops and fleeting encounters paint a portrait of a young woman.

Film
Mitten (Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes, 2019)

A patient look at the final weeks of rehearsal of Mitten wir im Leben sind, a performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, her dance company Rosas and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, to Bach’s cello suites.

Film
Monsieur Fantômas (Ernst Moerman, 1937)

In this surrealist silent short film, the masked Mr Fantômas goes through a series of unsavoury adventures in search of his beloved Elvira. Along the way he commits crimes and violates mores.

Film
Mozart Material (Jurgen Persijn & Ana Torfs, 1993)

A video essay about the rehearsal process of the dance performance Mozart / Concert Arias, un moto di gioia, a choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas, which premiered at the Festival d’Avignon in July 1992.

Cluster
My Conversations on Film (Boris Lehman, 1995-2012)

Over a period of 15 years Boris Lehman recorded countless conversations with professional friends such as Jean-Rouch, Jonas Mekas and Robert Kramer. The result is a monumental work, an eight-hour long manifesto in defense of independent cinema.

Film
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)

The final film from Chantal Akerman is a portrait of her relationship with her mother, Natalia, a Holocaust survivor and familiar presence in many of her daughter’s films.

Film
Not Waving, But Drowning (Elias Grootaers, 2009)

On their way to the United Kingdom, a group of Indian refugees get stuck in the hermetic non-zones bordering the recreational community of Zeebruges, a Belgian seashore town. In their company we slowly lose all sense of time and place.

Film
Of the Dead (Thierry Zéno, 1979)

How are human beings considered throughout the world when they are consigned to the realm of death? Over a two-year period, the three directors filmed funeral rites in South Korea, Thailand, Mexico, Belgium and the USA.

Film
Oggi è Primavera (Claudio Pazienza, 1988)

A dramatic action in miniature. A man enters his flat, after which an unexpected interaction takes place.

Film
Paradox of Praxis 1 (Francis Alÿs, 1997)

Francis Alÿs pushes a large block of ice through the streets of Mexico City and leaves a trail of meltwater.

Film
Pierre (Jan Decorte, 1976)

Theatremaker Jan Decorte's first feature film covers the lonely life of a Brussels municipal employee who lives with his mother. To break through his deadly spell of boredom, his attention turns to a girl at the gymnastics club.

Film
Pink Ulysses (Eric de Kuyper, 1990)

A homoerotic exploration of beauty to the rhythm of Richard Wagner, Zarah Leander and Sergei Eisenstein. Eric de Kuyper edited film and music clips, with Ulysses’ peregrinations to guide him.

Versions
Quand les hommes pleurent (Yasmine Kassari, 1999)

Every year, thousands of Moroccan men cross the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Spain illegally. This documentary goes beyond mere testimony and analyses with clarity and poetry the reasons that drove them to leave their homeland.

Film
Rain (Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes, 2012)

Documentary on the transmission of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s contemporary Rosas choreography to the classically-trained ballet dancers of the world-renowned Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris.

Film
Rijksweg N1 (Jef Cornelis, 1978)

The national highway N1 connects Antwerp and Brussels, but at the same time separates the worlds on either side of the highway. The impact of the first national highway in Belgium is portrayed in grandiose scenery.

Film
Rosas danst Rosas (Thierry De Mey, 1997)

A cinematographic adaptation of the 1983 performance of the same name by dance company Rosas, which weaves together architecture, music and movement in a compelling and meticulous way.

Film
R... ne répond plus (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 1981)

A fascinating documentary about the Radio Free-movement in Europe, which gives voice, for instance, to the anti-nuclear campaigns, student protests in Italy, and problems of racism encountered by immigrants.

Versions
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.

Film
Saute ma ville (Chantal Akerman, 1968)

A young woman mops the floor of her kitchen, polishes her shoes, dances, cooks, tapes the door shut and gives an explosive twist to her usual household routine.

Film
Seagulls Die in the Harbour (Rik Kuypers, Ivo Michiels, Roland Verhavert, 1955)

The pessimistic howl of the megalopolis, which tracks the wanderings of a tormented man in the port city of Antwerp through strongly expressionistic imagery. He can only count on the understanding of an orphan and two disillusioned women.

Programme
Seuls: Short Work 2'

A short film program honouring Belgian surrealist cinema, curated with the online film magazine Sabzian.

Programme
Short Work: Charles Dekeukeleire

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

Film
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.

Film
Suzanne's Fling (Jean-Marie Buchet, 1974)

Suzanne has had enough of her boyfriend Albert. The drama unfolds in fifteen tableaux, in which she goes over to Albert’s friend Emile. Still, these romantic worries go hand in hand with insatiable boredom. 

Film
Tableau avec chutes (Claudio Pazienza, 1997)

Pieter Bruegel’s painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus and Belgium form together the backdrop against which various people diligently examine the question: “TO LOOK, what does it mean?” A “drolatic” film diary.

Film
Tale of Three Jewels (Michel Khleifi, 1995)

Youssef, a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy falls in love with Aïda, a young girl and leader of a children’s gang. Khleifi’s enchanting fairy-tale is set in the Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, during the turbulent days of the Israeli occupation.

Film
Het kwade oog Charles Dekeukeleire, 1937

A vagrant mourning the loss of his wife unleashes a chain of strange events in a Flemish village community. In his first feature film, Dekeukeleire combines rural mysticism and avant-garde camera techniques to forge an uncanny love story.

Film
La Fleurière (Ruben Desiere, 2017)

Tomi, Rasto and Mižu are digging a tunnel in view of breaking into a bank vault. What on paper presents itself as a typical heistmovie, turns out to be a different kind of spectacle.

Film
The Green Line (Francis Alÿs, 2004)

A leaking green paint pot in hand, Francis Alÿs traced the disputed border between Israel and Palestine, referred to as The Green Line.

Film
L'imitation du cinéma (Marcel Mariën, 1959)

In this surrealist short film, a young man receives the book The Imitation of Jesus Christ from a priest, which induces a strong desire to be crucified. He embarks on a search for a suitable cross in the city.

Film
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.

Film
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.

Versions
De Straat (Jef Cornelis, 1972)

An ode to the street which once was, as an open place where people lived and played. But an equally vivid case against the street which has degenerated into a mere locus for traffic.

Film
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.

Film
Tornado (Francis Alÿs, 2010)

For over a decade, Francis Alÿs chased tornadoes on the outskirts of Mexico City and captured these confrontations on film.

Versions
Tremor - Es ist immer Krieg (Annik Leroy, 2017)

An experimental documentary made up of the voices haunting it: voices of poets and madmen, of a mother and a child. We look at places hard to situate with certainty, places where omens of violence are palpable and scars remain visible.

Film
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, 2014)

Sandra is a young woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues they must give up their bonuses in order for her to keep her job.

Film
Un pays plus beau qu’avant (Hannes Verhoustraete, 2018)

Thirty years ago, Jeancy came to Brussels from Kinshasa. His financial concerns are permeated by the political struggle in the Congolese diaspora. A continuous negotiation of urgencies.

Film
Victoria (Sofie Benoot, Isabelle Tollenaere, Liesbeth De Ceulaer)

Not far from Los Angeles lies the unfinished desert city of California City. A 25-year-old Lashay T. Warren attempts to build a new life there. A visual rummage through the dusty streets that Lashay playfully describes.

Versions
Voyage à Paris (Jef Cornelis, 1993)

Using letters from famous visitors to Paris - Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Rainer Maria Rilke - the magical image of the city of lights is linked to that of a banal consumerism. A visual essay about the experience of observing and being observed in a Paris with many faces.

Film
Wedding in Galilee (Michel Khleifi, 1987)

The patriarch of a Palestinian village solicits the Israeli governor to lift the curfew for his son’s wedding. The request is granted, on the condition that the man and his soldiers are invited as guests of honour.

Film
Vase de noces (Thierry Zéno, 1974)

A man is in love with a sow. She gives birth to piglets. He hangs them. Out of despair the mother commits suicide. There follows an analysis of decomposition, the devouring of shit and the man’s death, his body flying through the sky.

Film
When Faith Moves Mountains (Francis Alÿs, 2002)

For this epic project, Francis Alÿs invited five hundred Peruvian volunteers to walk up a mountain on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, shoveling in unison, thus displacing the dune by a few inches.

Film
White Flame (Charles Dekeukeleire, 1930)

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.

Film
Young Ahmed (Jean Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 2019)

In contemporary Belgium, the faith of 13-year-old Ahmed swings between the absolute ideals of his imam and the temptations of life.

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Spectres (Sven Augustijnen, 2011)
Spectres
Sven Augustijnen,
D'Est (Chantal Akerman, 1993)
From the East
Chantal Akerman,
De l'autre côté (Chantal Akerman, 2002)
From the Other Side
Chantal Akerman,
Sud (Chantal Akerman, 1999)
South
Chantal Akerman,