EN - Following up on his meticulous dissection of the Apple laptop in Dear Steve, Herman Asselberghs now turns his attention to another global popular consumer product: Avatar, the most expensive and highest-grossing film ever. By way of an elaborated interior monologue taking on the form of a film studies class, Speech Act covers a complex of themes well beyond cinema concerns. As the acme of mainstream culture, James Cameron's sci-fi epic turns out to provide ample fodder for a critique of triumphant transparency, impressively delivered by the established Brussels actor Willy Thomas.
|Original title||Speech Act|
|Year of production||2011|
|World première / first public presentation||2012-01-27|
|Sound||Els Viaene, Boris Debackere|
|Running time film||29'|
|Supported by||Fondation Fernand Willame, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel|
Jan and Raf Roosens’s short Skunk has been selected for the 59th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in Germany (2-7 May). Other Flemish shorts in the Oberhausen line-up are Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef’s award-winning animated short Oh Willy… and Herman Asselberghs’ Speech Act.
The Roosens brothers quickly made a name for themselves in the advertising world as directors. Skunk is their first short film for Antwerp-based production company Rococo. Producer was Caroline van Ranst.
Joe Vanhoutteghem’s short film Rivers Return has been confirmed for the line-up of both the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival (11-20 October) and the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal (10-21 October). Since its international premiere at Locarno, Rivers Return has generated quite a lot of interest abroad.
The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma also selected Sofie Benoot’s Blue Meridian (Panorama International), Herman Asselberghs’s Speech Act (FNC Lab) and minority co-production Our Children by Joachim Lafosse (Special Presentation). At Abu Dhabi, Rivers Return (pictured left) is accompanied in the festival line-up by minority co-production Pinocchio by Enzo d’Alo, which screens in the Showcase section.
Last edited on 12 March 2013