Rik Kuypers

In 1955 Rik Kuypers (1925-2019) directed the iconic Seagulls Die in the Harbour [Meeuwen sterven in de haven], starring Julien Schoenaerts and Dora Van der Groen, together with Roland Verhavert and writer Ivo Michiels. His existentialist drama, set against the backdrop of the Antwerp port, was the first Belgian film to be included in the official selection for the Cannes film festival. Later, Kuypers also directed feature films such as De Obool (1966) and Adieu Filippi (1968). In addition, he produced various television shows for the former public channel BRT. In 1982 he emigrated to Peru, where he lived until the end of his life.

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.

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