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by Brecht Debackere

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Knokke, Belgium. A small mundane coastal town, home to the beau-monde. To compete with Venice and Cannes, the posh casino hosts the second 'World Festival of Film and the Arts' in 1949, organized in part by the royal cinematheque of Belgium. To celebrate cinema's 50 year existence, they put together a side program showcasing the medium in all its shapes and forms: surrealist film, absolute film, dadaist films, abstract film,... The side program would soon become a festival in its own right: EXPRMNTL, dedicated to experimental cinema, and would become a mythical gathering of the avant-garde...

EXPRMNTL knew only five editions, in 1949, 1958, 1963, 1967 and 1974 but those five editions became known as the most legendary of all experimental film festivals.

The documentary EXPRMNTL tells the story of experimental film through the history of this festival, a history which tells us how we came to understand what we watch, a history which questions the very nature of film and how a big part of how we understand our world relies on the very nature of moving images.

CREDITS: Visualantics & Cinematek present EXPRMNTL a film by Brecht Debackere in co-production with Canvas - RTBF and supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

  • 16 page booklet detailing all the films that were in competition over the course of 5 editions, including a list of all the prize winners. We'll add some colourful images as well!
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    SKU 5419999109635
    Product contents 1 disc
    Year 2016 (DVD 2017)
    Director Debackere, Brecht
    Format DVD
    Publisher(s) visualantics
    Countries Belgium
    Colour Colour + B&W
    Sound Stereo / 5.1 surround
    Subtitles French, Dutch & English
    Language(s) English
    Running time 68 min
    DVD region 0, PAL
    Certificate N/a
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