EN - In the short film In Waking Hours we see historian Katrien Vanagt - who studied the Latin writings of Plempius - cloaked in the skin of one of his 21st-century disciples. Her cousin, filmmaker Sarah Vanagt, captures how this modern ‘Plempia’ meticulously follows her teacher's instructions. Thus, in a dark kitchen in Brussels, they become witnesses at the birth of images upon the eye.

NL - Met de publicatie van de Ophthalmographia in 1632 gooit de Amsterdamse arts Vopiscus Fortunatus Plempius een origineel antwoord in de eeuwenoude strijd om de vraag hoe het zien werkt. Zijn antwoord is een uitnodiging om te experimenteren: 'Betreed samen met mij een donkere kamer en prepareer er het oog van een vers geslachte koe.' Hij benadrukt dat om het even wie dit experiment thuis kan uitvoeren 'mits geringe moeite en zonder kost'. 'En jij, staande in de verduisterde kamer, achter het oog, zult een schilderij zien dat perfect alle objecten uit de buitenwereld voorstelt', belooft Plempius.

In de korte film In Waking Hours kruipt historica Katrien Vanagt - die de Latijnse geschriften van Plempius bestudeerde - in de huid van een 21e-eeuwse discipel van Plempius. Haar nicht, cineaste Sarah Vanagt, is erbij en filmt hoe deze moderne 'Plempia' de instructies van haar leermeester nauwgezet volgt. Zo maken ze in een donkere keuken in Brussel de geboorte van beelden in levende lijve mee.

Info

Title In Waking Hours
Original title In Waking Hours
Original language No dialogues, text cards in English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Docs , Experimental
Genre experimental documentary
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-01-21

Credits

Photography Artur Castro Freire
Editing Effi Weiss
Sound Philippe Ciompi

Technical specs

Running time film 19'
Release format DCP
Other available formats Apple ProRes
Aspect ratio 16:9
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Festivals

2015: International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Cinematek Brussels (BE), Courtisane Ghent (BE), Ann Arbor Film Festival (US), IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival (PT), European Media Art Festival Osnabrück (DE), Cinematheque Belgrade (RS), FIDMarseille (FR)

Flanders well represented in Rotterdam

Several films and co-productions from Flanders were programmed at this year’s Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR, 21 January – 1 February). Isabelle Tollenaere’s Battles, Sarah Vanagt’s In Waking Hours and Thierry Knauff’s Vita Brevis, a co-production with Flanders, premiered at the festival. Black, Sequenza and Kosmos were also part of the programme, while student shorts The Visitor, The Second of August and Hotel Red Shoes were shown in the Signals: 24/7 section. Finally, the Screen Flanders-supported feature Between 10 and 12 was part of the line-up in the Limelight section.

BattlesIsabelle Tollenaere presented her latest documentary Battles, Sarah Vanagt presented In Waking Hours, and also Thierry Knauff's Vita Brevis premiered at the festival. Black Sequenza, Kosmos were also part of the programme, while student shorts The Visitor, The Second of August and Hotel Red Shoes were shown in the Signals: 24/7 section. Finally, Between 10 and 12 was part of the line-up in the Limelight section.

Published on Thursday 15 January 2015

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Last edited on 3 August 2015

Short info

Director Sarah Vanagt, Katrien Vanagt
Producers Sarah Vanagt
Writers Sarah Vanagt, Katrien Vanagt
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Sarah Vanagt
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1000 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 (0)486 22 26 96
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