Peter Krüger’s creative documentary Antwerp Central Station has won the Grand Prize at this year’s 29th International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal (17-27 March). The film, which the fest describes as ‘a historical, mildly ironic and contemplative look at the Central Station in Antwerp’, received its world premiere in Montreal.

Antwerp CentralIn Antwerp Central, the director takes the viewer on a journey through the physical and mental space of Antwerp’s railway cathedral, from its construction to the present day. Drawing inspiration from the book Austerlitz by WG Sebald, screenwriter/director Peter Krüger approaches Antwerp Central Railway Station as a magical realist location, where present and past, history and daily life, fiction and reality are in constant flux.

Considered one of the finest examples of railway architecture in Belgium, with its architecture that combines glass and metal, Antwerp station embodies the spirit of the Industrial Revolution, which saw railway stations and railroads flourish across Europe.

Director of photography on Antwerp Central Station is Rimvydas Leipus, while Walter Hus signed for the score, and both Els Voorspoels and Nico Leunen edited the film. In addition to directing, Peter Krüger was also responsible for the screenplay.

Antwerp Central
is produced by Jan Roekens for Sophimages (Marieke, Marieke; Queen Mary II: The Birth of a Legend; The Lost Secret of Catharina The Great) and made with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), the Belgian Tax shelter, RTBF and Vrt’s Canvas, among others. The film, which is narrated by actor Johan Leysen, is scheduled for release in Belgium later this year.

The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is an unique event in North America and the largest of its kind in the world. In 2000, it was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix by the Montreal Arts Council.

Published on Sunday 27 March 2011

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