EN - Algorithm is the last chapter of a trilogy set in the world of finance. The trilogy observes the growing abstraction of the economy where data is step by step taking over “real” trade. The chapters all focus on theatrical performativity of speech and gesture of the characters and their specific scenography.

The acceleration and abstraction of trading (from commodities to financial products to sets of data), which began in DplusOne and continued in Local (Draft Version), here takes a major leap as we examine algorithmic trading and the people who perform this kind of work. In the end nothing gets explained and we remain on the outside looking inside.

Algorithm is an essayistic impression of a specific part of high finance. It is set high in the sky in a scenography of futuristic high tech buildings populated by sharp dressed characters speaking a mysterious language. The image becomes watching. We are watching and we are being watched. Everybody is watching. The text is technical esotericism. Explained the nature of algorithmic trading (a woman's voice) intertwined with her personal opinion, the listener drifts on images and associations. The soundtrack is dominated by the woman's voice. An atypical voice in her mid forties slowly, hypnotic unfolding a subjective version of an anticipated reality.


Title Algorithm
Original title Algorithm
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Lab
Genre essay
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2014-05-08


Cast (voice cast) Dianne Weller
Photography Dominik Daggelinckx
Editing Fanny Zaman
Sound Geert Vanbever
Music Lea Petrasso, Dianne Weller

Technical specs

Running time film 38'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), la Wallonie et la région de Bruxelles-Capitale & Le Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française, Media program of the European Union, VRT, RTBF, KFD, Telenet, in co-operation with: a team productions


2015: DOC OUTLOOK Media Library - Visions du Réel (CH)

2014: FIDLab Marseille (FR)

Two to Marseille

Sequenza, an experimental short film by Manon de Boer en George Van Dam is selected for the parallel programme ‘La java de la source’ at FIDMarseille (1-7 July), Marseille’s International Film Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Fanny Zaman’s upcoming film Carpets is also one of 10 participating projects at FIDLab, the festival’s co-production platform.

CarpetsSequenza found its way into one of the parallel sections at FIDMarseille, whith ‘La java de la source’ focusing on the theme of sound. For their 14-minute experimental film project, Manon de Boer and George Van Dam took Sequenza VIII for solo violin by composer Luciano Berio as a starting point.

Published on Thursday 5 June 2014

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