The wildly original and artisan-made film Bait by director Mark Jenkin was an indie hit in the UK last year and will now also briefly visit our shores.

BAIT
MARK JENKIN — UK, 2019 – 16mm — 89’

23/10 20:00 Vrijstaat O Oostende

After ‘tourists go home!’ signs were shown in metropolitan cities such as Berlin and Barcelona, according to Mark Jenkin’s grainy black and white drama, they now also appear in small fishing towns in South West England. In this analogue shot and edited film, two brothers watch with distress as their parental home is turned into a picturesque Airbnb, London yuppies take over all of the parking spaces with their Land Rovers, and they even lose their place at the bar to drunken tourists on pub crawls.

The British indie director shows the growing agitation of the two fishermen in a tactile, expressionistic style that fits more with the b-horror genre than with a film about a picturesque fishermen’s village. With his eccentric drama, Jenkin does not want to attract more tourists to Cornwall and the surrounding area, but wants to tempt adventurers into submitting to his hypnotic experiment.

Jenkin made this film about fishing life in southern Cornwall with a 16mm wind-up Bolex camera. This means that the sound is recorded and dubbed separately, which gives the film a wonderful classic feel of the ‘slice of life’ cinema of the 40s. But, at the same time, the film tackles modern themes such as gentrification and loss of identity in an increasingly homogeneous world.

The screening of the film in Ostend is the kick off of a broad release in the context of Please Release Me. After this, the film will be shown in Netwerk (Aalst), KASKcinema (Ghent), BUDA Kunstencentrum (Kortrijk), Cinema RITCS (Brussels), The Roxy Theatre (Koersel), Cinema ZED (Leuven) and De Cinema (Antwerp).

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 Facebook or Instagram.

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TEAM — Anouk De Clercq, Baptist Everaert, Chloë Delanghe, Dagmar Dirkx, David Slotema, Deniz Erdem, Eric de Kuyper, Erien Withouck, Eva Claus, Godart Bakkers, Jana Coorevits, Johan Opstaele, June Laka, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Quinten Wyns, Ynne De Wever.
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With the support of Auguste Orts, CINEMATEK, KAAP, KASK School of Arts Gent, Onderzoeksfonds Universiteit Gent, MOOOV, 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.