Shhh takes the power and poetry of silent film as a starting point for screenings, performances and an exhibition.
Shhh loves film in the broadest sense of the word.

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Exhibition

09/09 — 17:00-20:00
10, 11/09 — 10:00-18:00
DOMINIQUE GOBLET
ERIC DE KUYPER
ERIC KINNY
EVA CLAUS
KATJA MATER
LILI DUJOURIE
VINCENT LEROI
in OHK

Film + Performance + Music

09/09
20:00 GARY BEYDLER, YAMAZAKI HIROSHI
SOIT: JOYCE LAINÉ & PAVEL VIRY
in KleinVerhaal
21:30 JOSÉ LEITÂO DE BARROS, Maria do Mar
Live music: CESAR DE SUTTER-PINOY (PEENOISE)
in KleinVerhaal
10/09
14:00 EVA CLAUS
16:00 DORE O. in De Grote Post
20:00 KATJA MATER
TG GONDARD
LEGOWELT
UNI SON & JASPER VANHAUWAERT
CLUB MAYZ
in Elysee
11/09
13:00 HENRI STORCK
ALBRECHT VIKTOR BLUM & LEO LANIA,
Im Schatten der Maschine
14:30 ESFIR SHUB, The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
Live music: SOY FISH
in KleinVerhaal

 
 

For its fourth edition, the festival will explore the past, present and future of silent moving images with a special attention for the interfaces between film, visual arts and music, homemade animation, political found footage works from the 1930s, para-cinematic speculations… And of course, as always: the sea, on screen and on site!

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This year Shhh is organised by Monokino in collaboration with CINEA, OHK, KleinVerhaal, Pleasure Island and Universiteit Antwerpen.
With the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschap and Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds.

SUPPORT — We currently work without subsidies, so your support is more than welcome and literally brings light to the screen:

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Payment reference: ‘Gift’.

Gifts above the sum of € 40 are tax deductible.
A gift of € 100 will only cost you € 55.

Artistic coordination: Anouk De Clercq, Godart Bakkers
General coordination: Ditte Claus
Artistic team: Eric de Kuyper, Erien Withouck, Xavier Garcia Bardon
Production team: Jef Declercq, Johan Opstaele, Noah Heylen
Graphic design: Michaël Bussaer. Webdesign: Dominique Callewaert.

With the support of Auguste Orts, CINEMATEK, KAAP, KASK School of Arts Gent, Onderzoeksfonds Universiteit Gent, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds.

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.

The sea is Monokino’s favourite projection surface for images, stories and histories. In anticipation of our next screening, we’ve started to collect a list of films in which the sea plays a main or supporting role. Can you think of a film that’s not already on our list? We’d love to hear about it via info@monokino.org.

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