English, Flemish, French | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Sander Vandenbroucke, Steven Dhoedt
Editing: Beppe Leonetti
Producer: Steven Dhoedt
Sound: Boris Debackere
Categories :FIFA Grand Panorama
In 1949, the casino in Knokke, a small Belgian seaside resort, became the epicentre for a seminal event in the history of experimental and avant-garde film. The Festival international du cinéma expérimental de Knokke-le-Zoute, also known as EXPRMNTL, was presented five times between 1949 and 1974, with each edition achieving a mythical status. It was a gathering place for counterculture filmmakers of the 1960s who went on to become legends and whose films questioned the very nature of images and film. Filmmaker Brecht Debackere looks at experimental cinema through the history of this festival, combining archival images with commentary by such artists as Peter Kubelka, Jonas Mekas and Agnès Varda, who made their debut at EXPRMNTL.
Brecht Debackere was born in Belgium in 1979. When he was still very young, he began working on graphic films using various image applications for video synthesis. He likes to explore the intrinsic characteristics of the “virtual space.” He began working as a researcher for CREW with the European 2020 3D media project. He is the cofounder of the production company Visualantics and the online magazine Rupture. His films have been presented at many international festivals and at museums including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSK).
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