EN - Through cinematic experimentation, personal memories and the exploration of different cultures, a story of migrants and their relationship to their homeland.

FR - Polyphonie d’histoire d'émigrants qui sont retournés dans leur pays après avoir passé plusieurs années à l’étranger. Le film représente, à l’aide d’expérimentations visuelles, les souvenirs des impressions personnelles et les traces des différentes cultures qui habitent encore la mémoire des protagonistes.


Title Disorient
Original title Disorient
Original language English and French
Status Completed
Category Docs
Year 2010


Photography Florence Aigner, Sebastien Koeppel
Editing Rudi Maerten

Technical specs

Running time film 36'
Release format Beta Digit
Aspect ratio 1:1.33
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by

Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2010: Les Ecrans Documentaires (FRA) / Argos Festival (BE) / BAM MONS in de 'Manières noires' tentoonstelling (BE) / FIFE (FRA) / SCAM (BE)

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

Disorient opens Courtisane fest

This year's Courtisane Festival Ghent (30 March- 3 April) opens with the presentation of the new expanded performance version of Disorient by Florence Aigner and Laurent Van Lancker (Surya). This new live version is a collaboration with Sébastien Koeppel and Laszlo Umbreit. The film will also be screened in competition.

still from DisorientDisorient is a documentary consisting of different tales of migrants who returned to their home countries after having spent many years abroad.  

Courtisane showcases film, video and media art and prides itself on its mix of adventure and reflection, resulting in a mosaic of styles and media. Courtisane praises Disorient for 'moulding the polyphony of tales in a minimalist, impressionistic form'.

Published on Wednesday 23 March 2011

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Short info

Director Laurent Van Lancker, Florence Aigner
Producers Laurent Van Lancker, Marie-Eve Cosemans

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