EN - In The Wave, the archaeological gaze of the viewer is set in motion: a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) opens and closes itself. In 2011, we placed a camera above the spot where nine victims were buried after their execution by Franco’s supporters in June 1939. On Day One of the excavation, a crane gently loosened the top layer of soil until the archaeologists came across a skull with a bullet hole. They then continued their work by hand, with skeletons appearing and then disappearing, as if a strong wind blew that removed the sand and uncovered death.

NL - In The Wave zet de archeologische blik van de toeschouwer een beweging in gang: een massagraf uit de Spaanse burgeroorlog (1936-1939) opent en sluit zichzelf. Pagina per pagina, frame per frame en korrel per korrel graaft de kijker dieper en komen de beenderen in beeld.

FR - Dans The Wave, le regard archéologique du spectateur est mis en mouvement : une fosse commune datant de la Guerre civile espagnole (1936-1939) s’ouvre et se referme. En 2011, une caméra a été placée au dessus d’un lieu où neuf victimes furent enterrées après leur exécution par des adhérents au régime de Franco en juin 1939. Le premier jour de l’excavation, un crâne apparaissait à la surface du sol, jusqu’à ce que les archéologues creusent jusqu’à voir apparaître le trou d’une balle. Par la suite, les archéologues continuèrent leur travail à la main. Les squelettes apparaissaient avant de disparaître, comme si un vent violent soufflait et enlevait le sable en découvrant la mort, une vérité primitive.

Info

Title The Wave
Original title The Wave
Original language Spanish
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Experimental
Year 2012

Credits

Photography Katrien Vermeire
Editing Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Sound Larry Sider, Gary Sanctuary

Technical specs

Running time film 20'
Release format HD Video, DCP, Blu-ray
Aspect ratio 1:1.66
Sound format Mono
Colour Colour

Partners

Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel, Beursschouwburg, Vooruit, Transat Video Caen, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie (VGC)
Production partners Michigan Films (Olivier Burlet, Sebastien Andres, Inneke Van Waeyenberghe)

Festivals

Première: Biennale of Sydney 2012

Matadero, Madrid 2015

Extra City, Antwerp 2014

Kunstencentrum Buda 2014
IFFR ROTTERDAM 2014
Point Culture ULB, Brussels 2014
IBAFF Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia, Murcia 2014
MAGIC CINEMA BOBIGNY / FESTIVAL BANDE(S) A PART, Bobigny 2014
group exhibition 'What matters', Pyschiatrisch Centrum Duffel, 2013
Argos, solo exhibition, Brussels 2013
Hors Pistes Pompidou, Paris 2013
Filmlab Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Ghent 2013
Unseen Photography Fair & Festival, Amsterdam 2013
Mediawave Hungary 2013
Hors Pistes, Sao Paulo 2013
Zinebi, Bilbao 2013
Zeughauskino, Berlin 2013
Beursschouwbur, Brussels 2013
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest 2013
Indielisboa, Lisbon 2013
Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel 2012
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA 2012
Rencontres internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid /Palais de Tokyo 2012
Watch docs Human Rights Film Festival 2012
Biennale of Sydney 2012
International Film Festival Watchdocs, Warsaw 2012
IDFA Amsterdam 2012
Vooruit Gent 2012
International Film Festival of Locarno, 2012

Courtisane presents Flemish experimental films

Els Van Riel’s short documentary film Gradual Speed and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire will be shown at the 12th edition of the Courtisane Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium. Pieter Dumoulin’s Het zwijgen van Helena and Anouk De Clercq’s Swan Song is also set for a screening in Ghent.

helA few years ago Els Van Riel started collecting images with the idea to pay homage to the slowly vanishing techniques of analogue filmmaking. Now a series of these recordings makes Gradual Speed, a work on and for black and white 16mm-film seen as matter, and at the same time as a metaphor for everything we cannot grasp. It is the first time that Gradual Speed will be screened in front of a live audience at the Courtisane Film Fest.

Published on Wednesday 17 April 2013

IDFA: Less is more in The Wave

The subject of Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire’s IDFA Paradocs-selected short documentary The Wave is a sensitive one: the investigation of a site thought to contain the bodies of men executed by Franco's followers in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.

Katrien Vermeire and Sarah Vanagt's The WaveAt frequent intervals, Vanagt and Vermeire took still images of the site, first asking the forensic archaeologists to remove their tools and leave the frame. Edited together, these images become a time-lapse film in which the bodies slowly emerge from the earth.

Published on Monday 19 November 2012

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

Shortissimo: The Wave

Less is more in The Wave, a short film by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire that makes its mark by leaving out detail that conventional film-makers would consider essential. It continues Vanagt's interest in the visual treatment of history and how people relate to it.

Text Ian Mundell

vanagt vermeire the waveThe subject of The Wave is a sensitive one: the investigation of a site thought to contain the bodies of men executed by Franco's followers in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War. When bones are found, the exhumation continues with the same precision as an archaeological dig.

Published on Tuesday 14 August 2012

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