EN - At night, a man stands in the middle of the road and paints the white markings black. Some time later at a mental institution, as the man tries to retain a fragile grip on reality, the delusional account of his past begins to unravel, creating an opening for hope.

FR - Pendant la nuit, un homme se tient au milieu d’une route. Il peint en noir les lignes blanches. Son esprit replonge dans un royaume lointain créé par sa maladie. Peu après, à l’institut psychiatrique, alors qu’il essaie de conserver une emprise fragile sur la réalité, le récit illusoire de son passé commence à se démêler. Perdre le sens de la réalité a perturbé sa vie, mais crée par la même occasion une voie vers la guérison et un nouvel espoir.


Title Aperture
Original title Aperture
Original language Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2010


Cast Alban Van Cleemput
Photography Rik Zang
Editing Stijn Deconinck, Koen Timmerman
Sound Bram Celis
Music Bram Celis

Technical specs

Running time film 24'
Release format RED
Aspect ratio 1:1.85
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Psychiatric Center Sint-Hiëronymus


2010: International documentaire Film Festival Amsterdam (NLD)
2011: Open City FF London (GBR)
2011: Kassel int Film & Video Festival (DEU)

Docs & Lab from Flanders in Kassel

Sarah Vanagt’s The Corridor, Bram Van Paesschen’s Empire of Dust and Tim De Keersmaecker’s Aperture were recently selected for the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (8-13 Nov). All three films are travelling the festival circuit extensively and again testify to the vibrancy of documentaries and video art from Flanders.

Loa Yan in Bram Van Paesschens' documentary Empire of DustBram Van Paesschen’s Empire of Dust kicked of its festival tour with selections at DOK Leipzig and Kassel but more recently the film was also confirmed for IDFA’s Panorama section. Empire of Dust is produced by Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film (BullheadThe Co(te)lette Film). In the documentary wo men representing two different cultures clash in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The result is an endless, harsh but absurdly funny rollercoaster of misunderstandings, as Yang is introduced to the Congolese way of dealmaking.

Published on Friday 11 November 2011

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Director Tim De Keersmaecker
Producers Emmy Oost
Writers Tim De Keersmaecker

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