Discover the magic of silent film, amid the melancholic beauty of the coast in autumn.

DONALD CRISP & BUSTER KEATON — US, 1924 – 35MM — 72’ — Live music: Hilde Nash

GEORGE MELFORD — US, 1922 – 35MM — 88’ — Live music: Hilde Nash

JEAN EPSTEIN — FR, 1929 – restauration from 2019 by Gaumont — 80’— Live music: Julian Edwardes

22:00 DE L’EAU
MARIETTE MICHAUD & LAINE DE ROCHE — BE, 2019 – Super8MM with live music — 15’

XAVIER QUÉREL — FR, 2008-2019 – 16mm performance — 20’

19/10 16:00 – 23:00 Vrijstaat O Ostend

In the last years of the silent film era, a native Oostendenaar left his mark on Belgian film history. Henri Storck inextricably linked his city to the 7th art. We cannot imagine a better location for a tribute to silent film, an art form from a distant past, which has, nevertheless, not lost a shred of its strength and can still touch young and old.

SHHH shows that, a hundred years later, silent film is anything but dusty; it’s just as moving and exciting as ever. A silent film screening is even more unique than other screenings: not only do we show most films on 35 mm, but they are also provided with live musical accompaniment. SHHH is, therefore, anything but ‘silent’.

Individual screenings cost €7 or €5 with discount (residents of Ostend, students, pensioners and unemployed). Single tickets can only be purchased at the box office on the day itself.

A day pass for all 4 screenings costs €15 or €10 with discount. You can order day passes here.

In collaboration with CINEA and CINEMATEK.

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, Xavier Garcia Bardon
Production team: Bob Mees, Jef Declercq, Johan Opstaele, Noah Heylen
Communication: Cynthia Vandenbruaene
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

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