In 1928, film pioneer Henri Storck started his Ciné-club d'Ostende: a club of cinephiles, which celebrated the medium of film in all its facets. Ninety years later, Monokino is eager to revive that love for cinema. With Moana by Robert J. Flaherty, the film that ignited Henri Storck's love for the medium of film, Monokino travels through Belgium in March 2018.
Moana With Sound
Moana was made in 1926 as a silent film; but half a century later, sound was added to it. At the urging of Jean Renoir, the youngest daughter of Robert Flaherty, Monica, created a brilliant soundtrack for the film. It is this version, with sound, that Monokino shows in independent cinemas all over the country—in a solidarity movement between contemporary ciné-clubs.
Moana With Sound +
My Crasy Life + IJ
On 23 March 2018, Monokino sets foot on shore at KAAP in Ostend. With the North Sea in the background, Monokino directly programmes a double bill. Besides Moana, Monokino also shows a more recent look at Samoa. In My Crasy Life (1992), filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin watches and listens to a Samoan street gang in Los Angeles. Both films highlight a closed community with its own rules, rituals and language. With a soundwork by IJ, inspired by the sea and by the films on the program. Turning the big window of KAAP into a subtle speaker, their sounds are audible inside and outside. From 3PM onwards.
Whoever walks in Ostend today is confronted with a fantastic eclecticism: a brutal grey apartment block exists next to the glorious Thermae Palace. The mighty, almost Stalinist, building of De Grote Post dominates the Hendrik Serruyslaan. A former department store houses a museum for contemporary art. Belle-époque houses are hidden in the quiet but stately streets.
In 2017, one void struck artist Anouk De Clercq: that glorious film culture of Henri Storck, James Ensor or Raoul Servais had disappeared from the streets. With the closure of the Rialto cinema, the last independent cinema from the Ostend cinema circuit also disappeared. Against such an extraordinary backdrop, with the sea as a large projection surface for images, stories and histories, that is such a shame.
And so the idea of Monokino ripens: one room, marked by an equally fantastic eclecticism, where cinema can be itself again. One room where long and short films, film classics, auteur cinema, video art, experimental films, animation, or the work of young makers can find a place. Monokino shows, questions, responds, engages in conversation, invites, welcomes, puts in perspective. Monokino is a place of, by and for people from Ostend, for professionals and enthusiasts, for young and old, for those from here and those from there.
The films that Monokino wants to show don't only live on the screen. They also spread between residents, spectators, and makers. In that sense, Monokino is also Kopfkino: a mental cinema, where images get the chance to live and multiply.
That's how Monokino drifts nomadically through those eclectic streets of Ostend and settles in the heads and hearts of the people of Ostend. Soon it'll moor for good.
Monokino wants to drive cinema into the 21st century and illuminate the adventurous side of film. While we strive for a permanent place as anchorage for cinefiles from Ostend and beyond, Monokino operates as a nomadic film platform.
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TEAM — Anouk De Clercq, Baptist Everaert, Chloë Delanghe, Dagmar Dirkx, David Slotema, Eric de Kuyper, Eva Claus, Godart Bakkers, Jana Coorevits, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Quinten Wyns, Ynne De Wever.
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