Discover our complete fall program running until December 2023 in our folder [PDF], which can also be found at various cultural venues!
With this glittery, foil-printed brochure, we present our fall program with a golden touch. Especially for our twentieth anniversary, two former artistic directors of OFFoff are resurfacing in the program. At the same time we are giving chances to new programmers such as the young art historian Anthony Brynaert. Long-time OFFoff luminary, Sofie Verdoodt, is making a once-only comeback as co-curator of the festive anniversary edition of our Night of the Experimental Film. Together with Godart Bakkers, who after Sofie was the face of OFFoff for many years, we bring a very last program in Club Solo in Breda: a collaboration that started in 2015 and ends with an — if we may say so ourselves — impressive one-day film festival. We’re also bringing two programs that Godart organized with Monokino during SHHH in Ostend: thanks to OFFoff, the Ghent artist Jasper Rigole and art historian Steven Jacobs will present their film (program) in their own hometown too. These will already be two evenings with live music, which is the case for more than half of the thirteen programs this season! And who knows, maybe even for our secret screening at Film Fest Gent…
From violin, harp and trumpet to guitars and electronic music. “It’s about getting in tune, literally, tuning the material and yourself, as you would with an instrument,” Hannes Verhoustraete says of his new essay film Broken View. Searching for ways to bring the static, glass-made images of the historical magic lantern into motion proved to be at the same time a personal and continuous movement between the past and the immediacy of the present. Kinetic artist and filmmaker Robert Breer kicks off this fall program. “I’m interested in everything that moves, whether it is figurative or not,” he stated. Floris Vanhoof will re-animate 750-million-year-old fossils, while José Antonio Sistiaga and Rainer Kohlberger, who passed away this summer, explore the optical power of color in constant motion. One through a life’s work of hand-painted 35mm pellicle and the other through algorithm‑, AI- and machine learning-generated images with homemade software. A week after this color storm, we move to the pure black of João César Monteiro’s Snow White, but even then we watch 75 minutes of dancing film grain.
From now on, you will experience all of this spectacle without fidgeting on your seat. This season, our cinema benches are getting soft, personalized and handmade upholstery from local sheep’s wool. Come to the very first sitting with a customized film program. Just before going into print, the news that the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) will increase their support of OFFoff for the next three years gave our anniversary some extra sparkle! Get moving!
“Clattering beer bottles, plastic garden chairs dragged across the bluestone floor and piles of mattresses with early slumberers,” critic Liv Laveyne reported on the ‘Eerste Langste Nacht van de Experimentele Film’ (the First Longest Night of Experimental Film) twenty years ago at the Caermersklooster, now Kunsthal Gent. “Over three hundred people braved the stormy weather to indulge in forty experimental films, a good eight hours of viewing.” There, the plan was expressed to “found a full-fledged cinema under the name Off-Off Cinema”. And it came to pass: our first regular film screening at the small beguinage O.L.V. Ter Hoye (Klein Begijnhof) took place on the 15th of September 2003. “The future for experimental film in Ghent looks bright,” Laveyne concluded. “To be continued!”
Discover our full spring programme running until May 2023 in our folder [PDF], which can also be found at various cultural venues!
Fall 2022 program
“I write you in images,” muses the late Jean-Luc Godard in Scénario de Sauve qui peut (la vie), a video that substituted for a paper script. In sensual, lyrical and plastic ways, his oeuvre transcends any distinction between the ‘filmic’ and the ‘literary’. The ideal opener of our new program focusing on film and language.
Walter Benjamin once described a language game in which he asked an 11-year-old girl to construct sentences with about five given words. He called it ‘Phantasiesätze’, fantasy sentences. It inspired the short film of the same name that Helena Wittmann included in a carte blanche around her new film, Human Flowers of Flesh – screening at Film Fest Gent. In line with Benjamin’s experimental text, this fall series is a shifting and connecting of different programs to write a story.
Our folder [PDF] with the full program through December 2022 can be found at various cultural venues!
“I’m an amateur who makes films like a painter, paints like a sculptor, sculpts like a musician and makes music like a filmmaker… sometimes all at once.” Michael Snow perfectly expresses the keynote of our new film season that flirts more than ever with the other arts.
In Snow’s classic Wavelength – one of the many films in the program – a 45-minute-long zoom ultimately lands on a picture of waves, the infinite sea, as horizon and as vanishing point. Our spring program explores the limits of the medium and seeks the answers mostly in nature and landscape.
In At Sea, we experience the splendor and intensity of the ocean and the vibrant color grid of a container ship through the eyes of Peter Hutton. Just like Rose Lowder – whose work will be accompanied by live music as well – he was trained as a painter and sculptor. More films this season evoke the feeling “to be at sea”. Get carried away.
Our program folder can be found at various cultural locations!
ZOMERSALON 2021: BUY LOCAL #2
Kunsthal Gent presents a second edition of its Zomersalon. In July and August 2021, BUY LOCAL #2 brings together the work of 742 Ghentians, both in Kunsthal Gent and online. Support an artist and buy work at this major exhibition with a cross-section of Ghent’s visual arts scene.
Art Cinema OFFoff reopens!
We had to wait a long time for it, but on Monday 14 June our cinema will reopen with Bioscopic Books: Final book presentation & screening! To ensure that everything runs smoothly, we ask you to book in advance.
Avant-première: Annelein Pompe – Where Are You, Faby Books?
Lange Steenstraat 14
First screening of the new film by Annelein Pompe
Els van Riel & Jelle Martens + Chimera
Ciné Rio (De Koer)
Cine-concert: Jelle Martens engages in a live dialogue with two films by Els van Riel
Premiere: Alexander Deprez & Nathalie Nijs – Edelweiss Piraten
Premiere of the new film by Alexander Deprez and Nathalie Nijs
Guests: George van Dam & Mathieu Hendrickx
Lange Steenstraat 14
George van Dam and Mathieu Hendrickx explore the visual translation of a score. They present their new film K.141 — Scarlatti as an opening to Goldberg Variations (2020).
Charo Calvo: Cinéma pour l’oreille
Lange Steenstraat 14
‘Cinema for the ear’ by the internationally renowned composer, sound designer and teacher Charo Calvo, living in Ghent.
VAF Wildcards Filmlab: KASK meets LUCA
Lange Steenstraat 14
A selection from the newest crop of graduation films from KASK Gent and LUCA Brussels that were presented for the VAF Wildcard Filmlab honoring more experimental work.