EN - Belgium is a country well noted for its 'vagueness' and taking this into account, this Belgian film delves into the world of 'quasi' cultural forms. One of the vaguest notions in the cultural lexicon is that of the 'collective' and this film explores, through a non hierarchical system of montage, collective art actions in Belgium and their intersection with dominant and subcultural political and cultural ideologies that brushed against them.

The film is neither an obituary for cultural idealism nor a bittersweet tale of Utopian dreams of a 'better way of life' but a series of encounters raising questions about the collective archetypes which emerged during its research and shooting: ranging from micro-institution, family, enterprise, political party to the orgy. “Is it alive, or is it dead?” is what Alain Resnais stated was the only question worth asking in art and thus this film uses its medium as a tool of research to consider the worth and the worthlessness of history.'

The film covers six Belgian collectives : Agency (Brussels, 1992-), Building Underwood (Brussels / Caudiès, 1999-2001), VAGA / A379089 (Antwerp, 1968-1969), Club Moral (Antwerp, 1981-2005).

Interviewees: Kobe Matthys (artist, Agency), Kasper Koenig (Director of Ludwig Museum, Koln, A37908) Anny De Decker & Bernd Lohaus (Wide White Space Gallery, Antwerp), Isi Fiszman (collector, VAGA, A379089), Danny Devos (artist, Club Moral), Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (artist, Club Moral), Jacques Ambach (artist), Simona Denicolai (artist, Building Underwood), Ivo Provoost (artist, Building Underwood), David Evrard (artist, Building Underwood).

Info

Title Sad in Country (Part One)
Original title Sad in Country
Original language Dutch, English, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Lab
Genre Documentary
Year 2007
World première / first public presentation 2007-03-07

Credits

Cast (in addition to the interviewees) : Quentin Legrand, Manon Amen, Carole & François Thiry, Anne Grandhenry
Photography Kosten Koper
Editing Kosten Koper, Catherine Vertige
Sound Kosten Koper
Music Cub Moral, DDV & The Simpletones, Kosten Koper, Bing Selfish & The Ideals
B & W Photography Maria Gilissen
Super 8 Footage Filip Francis
Voice over Sonia Dermience, Jos Moers

Technical specs

Running time film 54'
Release format DVD
Other available formats Mini-DV
Aspect ratio 4:3
Sound format Mono
Colour Colour, black & white

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Production partners Komplot vzw

Festivals

'CLUB MORAL rvstd', Koninklijke Akademie voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, 16th November 2010
'Nepotists, opportunists, friends, freaks and strangers intersecting in the grey zone', Zebra Cinema, Hasselt, 25th February 2010
'Un-Scene', Wiels, Brussels, 21st January 2009
'Rencontres International Festival', Paris, 28th November - 7th December 2008
'Error 1', Extra City, Antwerp, 24th April - 10th May 2008
'Memory Is A Motherfucker', Rotterdam Film Festival, 31st January 2008
'Your-Space', Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, 17th January 2008
'Laboratoire d'ondes', Antwerpen, 6th December
'Exground Film Festival', Wiesbaden, 24th November 2007
'Potential Estate', Netwerk, Aalst, June 9th 2007
'Kijkavond', Extrapool, Nijmegen, 17th May 2007
'From Brussels With Love', Rozalb de Mura, Bucharest, 12th - 26th May 2007

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Last edited on 26 November 2012

Short info

Director Catherine Vertige , Kosten Koper
Producer More Talent Than Space vzw
Contact

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295 Avenue Van Volxemlaan
1190 Brussels
Belgium
info@kmplt.be
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295 Avenue Van Volxemlaan
1190 Brussels
Belgium
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www.kmplt.be