EN - The Circle is a documentary about the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100m underground. It is a 27km particle accelerator used by physicists to study the origin of everything. Results and interpretation of the collisions of particles will revolutionize our understanding of the universe and how it began. The Circle leaves the scientific aspect of the experiment and makes a journey above the ground. We follow the 27km circle in an existential search for local people with an opinion about what's happening below.
NL - In de buurt van Genève bouwden een groep wetenschappers de LHC, de meest krachtige deeltjesversneller ooit. Deze 27 km lange, ondergrondse ring moet ons meer leren over de oorsprong van alles. In L' anneau volgen we de cirkel boven de grond in een existentiële zoektocht naar mensen met een mening over het wetenschappelijke experiment.
|Original title||L' anneau|
|Original version||French, English|
|Year of production||2013|
|World première / first public presentation||2013-04-24|
|Photography||Maarten Bernaerts, Lennart Stuyck|
|VFX and title design||Hans Lethany|
|Grading and mastering||Kobe Van Steenberghe|
|Subtitling||Betse De Vos|
|Production Assistant||Arne Normon|
|Production Assistant||Vicky Colin|
|Creative Producer||Kobe Van Steenberghe|
|Running time film||48'|
|Release format||HD Digital File 720P|
|Other available formats||digibeta/DVD|
|Supported by||The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Flanders Image, the Flemish Government, Belgian tax shelter financing, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Woestijnvis, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatique (SACD)|
2013: Doxa Documentary Festival - Vancouver (CAN) / Hot Docs (CAN) / Docville (BE)
Bram Conjaerts has won the Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary for The Circle at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto (25 April-5 May). The award is accompanied by a cash prize of 3,000 Canadian Dollars. Besides Amsterdam’s IDFA, Hot Docs is one of the most pristine documentary festivals in the world.
The Circle received its world premiere at this year’s Hot Docs in the International Spectrum section of the fest, which presented a total of 25 documentary films. For his subject the director went to Geneva and surroundings where researchers of CERN, the European organization qualified for nuclear research, have been investigating the origin of mater for years now. Scientists therefore built the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) some 100 meters below ground, the most powerful scientific instrument with a length of 27 kilometres. In The Circle Conjaerts tracks the ring of the LHC above ground in an existential quest for inhabitants with their own opinion on the scientific experiment.
Bram Conjaerts’ The Circle and Goudougoudou by Pieter Van Eecke and Fabrizio Scapin have been selected for the Doxa Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver (3-12 May). The Circle has also recently received an invitation for Hot Docs, where it will screen end of April.
The Circle revolves around the Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France, about 100m underground. A 27km long particle accelerator, it is used by physicists to study the origin of everything. The results and interpretation of the collisions of particles should revolutionise the understanding of the universe and how it began. In his documentary, Conjaerts leaves the scientific aspect of the experiment and follows the 27km circle above the ground in an existential search for local people with an opinion on what’s happening below.
Sien Versteyhe’s JUNIOR and Bram Conjaert’s VAF Wildcard film The Circle have been selected for the 20th edition of Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival (25 April-5 May). Both medium-length films are screening in the fest’s International Spectrum category, making them eligible for the Award for Best Mid-Length Documentary, as well as the Audience Award. The Only Son, a minor co-production with Flanders, is selected for the World Showcase section. Along with IDFA, Hot Docs is one of the world’s foremost documentary film festivals.
JUNIOR is premiering internationally at Hot Docs after a work-in-progress of the film had screened at the Belgian Docville fest, receiving a Special Mention from the International Jury. Bram Conjaerts’ The Circle was also added to the fest’s Official Selection and is to receive its world premiere in Toronto.
Last edited on 10 May 2013