EN - For five days, Sarah Vanagt and cinematographer Annemarie Lean-Vercoe followed a donkey during its weekly visits to old people in nursing homes in the UK.  Time and again, the donkey was welcomed with open arms, songs, gentle strokes, childhood stories, poems and laughter. It was only when the donkey entered the room of Norbert, a man who had lost his ability to speak, that an altogether different encounter took place and created a different film…

FR - Pendant cinq jours Sarah Vanagt et la cinéaste Annemarie Lean-Vercoe ont suivi un âne pendant sa visite hebdomadaire dans des maisons de retraite en Angleterre. De maison en maison, de chambre en chambre. Une fois encore, l’âne a été accueilli à bras ouverts, avec des chants, des caresses, des histoires d’enfance, des poèmes et des rires. C’est uniquement lorsque l’âne entra dans la chambre de Norbert, un homme qui a perdu la parole, qu’une rencontre différente eu lieu. Même si au départ Vanagt suivait l’âne à la recherche des souvenirs soulevés par la présence muette de l’animal, elle revint à la maison avec un tout autre film. Au cours du montage, le film devint de plus en plus court, comme si les mots qui ont accompagné la visite de l’âne étaient devenus une distraction. Ce qu’il en reste est peut-être un bas-relief camouflé dans une peinture, camouflée comme un film.


Title The Corridor
Original title The Corridor
Original language English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Experimental
Year 2010


Photography Annemarie Lean-Vercoe
Editing Effi Weiss, Amir Borenstein

Technical specs

Running time film 6'45"
Release format HDV-cam
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Sound format Maxime Coton
Colour Colour


Supported by <p&gtUniversity College Ghent - KASK</p>


Montreal International Documentary Festival: Montreal, Canada

Argos program at Experimenta and RMIT Gallery 2014

Art Brussels 2014

Interspecies Film Night, Kaaistudios, Brussels, 2013

Hors Pistes Pompidou, Paris 2013

A Distant Bird Singing, Group exhibition, De Service Garage, Amsterdam 2013

Hors Pistes Sao Paulo 2013

IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012

Travelling Festival Clair Obscur, Rennes 2012

VidÈographies, Liège 2012

International Women’s Films Festival, Créteil 2012

Festival International de Film de Femmes de Creteil 2012

EMAF, Osnabruck 2012

Culture et Flonflons Flandres, Lille 2012

Media City Film Festival 2012, Canada, Windsor 2012

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2012: Market Screening

La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris 2012

Videoex, Zurich 2011

Savvy Galery Berlin 2011

Festival 5 sur 5, La Louvière 2011

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel 2011

FILMER A TOUT PRIX, Brussels 2011

Peuple et Culture, Marseille 2011

Ecollywood, Lille 2011

Electrofringe Newcastle, Australia 2011

Concorto Pontenire, Italy 2011

Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, 2011

Cork Film Festival, 2011

Rencontres Internationales, Paris, Madrid, Berlin 2011

Filmer à Tout Prix, Brussels 2011

5sur5 La Louvière, 2011

Elles tournent, Brussels 2011

Sadho Poetry Films Fest, New Delhi, 2011

Parnu Documentary and anthropology festival 2011

Videoex Zurich 2011

98 weeks, Beirut 2011

Courtisane 2011 (1st prize Belgian competition)

De Brakke Grond, group exhibition 2010


Festival selections
2011: Courtisane Festival For Short, Video And New Media, Ghent (BE)

Festival awards
2011: Best Belgian Film (Courtisane Festival For Short, Video And New Media)

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

Flemish Artists take over VIDEOEX

Disorient by Florence Aigner and Laurent Van Lancker received the Main Prize at VIDEOEX, the International Experimental Film & Video Festival in Zürich (21 – 29 May). Because We Are Visual by another helmers' duo, Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes, was given an Honourable Mention by the Jury.

Still from festival winner DisorientThe International Jury, consisting of Maria Palacios Cruz (BE), Seppo Renvall (FIN) en Georges Salameh (GR) decided to share the Main Prize between two ‘brave’ films which ‘experiment with storytelling and with the absence of images. Both films share a sense of internal rhythm and pacing, as well as a strong correspondence between the chosen formal strategies and the subject matter that is being dealt with.’ Because We Are Visual also received praise from the jury for its ‘fragile beauty, ‘highly complex editing’ and ‘the two young filmmakers’ ambition.’

Published on Wednesday 8 June 2011

The Corridor wins Courtisane 2011

Sarah Vanagt’s The Corridor has won the Award for Best Belgian film at the 10th Courtisane Festival for Film, Video and Media Art (30 March-3 April). Vanagt had already won the Belgian competition at Courtisane in 2007 with her documentary First Elections.

The CorridorThe international jury, comprising Marina Kozul (Croatia), Adam Pugh (UK) and Vincent Meessen (Belgium), appreciated the film’s “proposal te re-evaluate the relationship between humans and animals on a political level… The film is courageous, too, for choosing to reveal its own process, and for its subsequent restraint: in speaking quietly, it achieves a clarity and depth which might in other hands have been lost.”

Published on Monday 11 April 2011

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Director Sarah Vanagt
Producers Sarah Vanagt
Writers Sarah Vanagt, Katrien Vermeire

Sarah Vanagt
Ieperlaan 62
1000 Brussels


Sarah Vanagt
Ieperlaan 62
1000 Brussels

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