EN - The Sound of Belgium explores the rich but untold story of Belgian dance music. From the grand dance halls with Decap organs to the golden days of Popcorn, from dark and cold Electronic Body Music and New Beat to Belgian House and Techno: the film takes us back to the pre-war times of carnivals and funfairs with exuberant parties; to the smoke filled, neon-lit dance halls of the golden 1960s; to the dark stages and the deafening discos of the 1980s and 1990s.

NL - The Sound of Belgium verkent de elektronische dansmuziek in België en toont aan dat dit geluid uniek is in de wereld. Het vertelt de geschiedenis van een natie en gaat op zoek naar de geest van een land doorheen zijn muziek.

FR - The Sound of Belgium se veut une chronique de la musique de danse en Belgique, racontée au fil des générations. Ce documentaire démontre comment un petit pays situé au cœur de l'Europe est parvenu à produire un son si caractéristique, qui lui a valu la reconnaissance mondiale. C'est l'histoire d'un pays racontée autrement, un voyage en quête de l'âme d'une nation à travers sa tradition musicale.

Info

Title The Sound Of Belgium
Original title The Sound of Belgium
Original language Dutch, French, English
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2012

Credits

Cast Francois Decap, Tony Decap, Willy Klessens, Jean-Pierre Delabelle, Dan Lacksman, Gilbert Govaerts, José Pascual, Ronnie Galand, Keith McIvor, Ken Ishii, Laurence Van Loo, Cisco Ferreira, Renaat Vandepapeliere, Joey Beltram, Nikkie Van Lierop, Patrick Fasseau, Serge Ramaekers, Sven Van Hees, Herman Gillis, Ronnie Harmsen, Eric Beyssens, C.J. Bolland, Lou Deprijck, Rocco Granata, Eddy De Clercq
Photography Jozef Devillé
Editing Jozef Devillé, Gert Van Berckelaer
Sound Kwinten Van Laethem
Sound mix Senjan Jansen
Motion Graphics Sen Haerens

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format HD 1080p25
Other available formats DCP, HDCAM, BluRay, DVD
Sound format Stereo LtRt / 5.1 Surround
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, MEDIA+, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)

Festivals

2012: IFFF - International Film Festival Flanders, Gent (BE), IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL)

Awards

2012: Redbull Elektropedia Awards - Special Vanguard Award

Sales

  • Venezuela, Panama, Jamaica, Argentina, Saint Lucia's, Bahama's, Haiti, Barbados, Mexico, Belize, Peru, Bolivia, Suriname, Chili, Guyana, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Dominica, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nveis, Equador, Saint Vincent, El Salvador, Uruguay, Granada, Antigua, Guatemala: TREN (Pay TV, VOD)

IDFA: Flanders docs out in full force

Five documentaries as well as two projects from Flanders have been selected for this year’s 25th IDFA. The five docs are Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers –The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants by Kristof Bilsen – are also selected for the IDFA Forum.

Fabio Wuytack's ExpectingRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition and follows a ballet production from initial auditions right up to opening night. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film. In Expecting (pictured left), which is selected for the IDFA Panorama, director Fabio Wuytack portrays an Afghan-Kosovan refugee couple as they struggle through their daily lives. The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé and produced by Visualantics is part of the Music Documentary competition and explores the rich, untold story of Belgian dance music.

Published on Friday 16 November 2012

Flanders docs bonanza at 25th IDFA

Five documentaries from Flanders as well as five co-productions are selected for this year's 25th edition of IDFA (14-25 November). The five are: Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers, The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants (working title) by Kristof Bilsen, can also be found in the IDFA.

Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes's docu RainRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition for first documentaries. On 25 May 2011, the world-renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented Rain, in its first ever performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film.

Published on Tuesday 16 October 2012

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Short info

Director Jozef Devillé
Producers Steven Dhoedt
Writers Jozef Devillé
Contact

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Steven Dhoedt
Barastraat 173-177
1070 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 2 560 21 27
F +32 70 41 60 95
info@visualantics.net
www.visualantics.net

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