Spectres

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    Spectres

    Directed by

    Belgium

    2011

    102 min

    • French

    Documentary

    Spectres is a film that focuses on the researches of Sir Jacques Brasinne de la Buissière on the decolonialization process of the Belgian Congo, in particular on the conditions of the execution of the Congolese leader Patrick Lumumba in 1961. The description of facts and events gives way to a somber narrative, in which the rigidness of formats such as documentary and fiction crumble apart. Using Bach’s intense Johannes Passion as a soundtrack, Spectres is a lively portrait of a man facing his own past and beliefs.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Sven Augustijnen
    Cinematography
    Sven Augustijnen
    Editing
    Mathieu Haessler and Sven Augustijnen
    Music
    St Johns Passion
    J.S. Bach
    Production
    AUGUSTE ORTS
    Sven Augustijnen

    Sven Augustijnen

    Belgium

    Sven Augustijnen (1970, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels. His work concentrates on political, historical and social themes while constantly challenging a genre definition that reflects a wider interest in historiography and a predilection for the nature of storytelling: ‘Historiography is by no means a natural phenomenon. The way we use stories, images and fiction to construct reality fascinates me.’ His films have been included in international exhibitions and festivals in Athens, Basel, Freiburg, San Sebastián, Siegen, Rotterdam, Tunis, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vilnius, among others. In 2007 he participated in documenta 12 and in 2011 he received the Evans Prize for Visual Arts. In 2013, his latest film SPECTRES (2011) was distributed through the Art et Essai, Recherche et Découverte network of French cinemas. Augustijnen is a founding member of Auguste Orts, a Brussels-based platform for the production and distribution of films by artists.