kunstenfestivaldesarts 2016

2016. Filming and editing for Kunsten Festival des Arts.

The 21st Kunstenfestivaldesarts draws to a close in Brussels on Saturday 28 May 2016. For three weeks the festival has welcomed a wide range of artistic propositions, mostly world premieres of new works, along with numerous other activities that provide an opportunity for artists and audiences to meet and exchange ideas.

El Conde de Torrefiel was one of the revelations at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2015. This year the young Spaniards are coming to Brussels once again, with the world premiere of GUERRILLA. This new piece questions the future of a generation of young Europeans. We follow a group of young people taking part in seemingly banal activities: a tai chi lesson, a conference, a night out. They seem relaxed and confident. The proceedings on stage are harmonious, innocent… and artificial. The colourful diversity of the group silences the actors’ personal world of ideas, whilst behind the scenes we can read their thoughts. In this seemingly safe and peaceful situation, GUERRILLA incessantly torpedoes repressed impulses, obscene fantasies, and violent notions towards the audience. A black comedy about oppression and the awakening of awareness.

As part of the retrospective at Cinema Galeries, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts is screening of one of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films at a unique location in the green belt around Brussels. Tropical Malady (2004) is the Thai director’s fourth feature film. It received the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, definitively hoisting the director to the forefront of avant-garde cinema. The film is a poetic and compelling love story about the mysteries of desire. Deep in the Thai rainforest, a soldier and a shy village boy fall in love, the beginning of an intense and uncomplicated romance. Until one of them suddenly disappears into the darkness of the woods and the story turns into a hypnotic, feverish dream about dark spirits and irrational fears. The rainforest is a recurrent motif in Weerasethakul’s films. On 16 May, Tropical Malady can be viewed in an enchanting spot in the Forêt de Soignes. An event!