Mayday is an engaging, atmospheric and original story that transports us to a fabulous dreamworld by the sea. Belgian premiere, with an introduction by the director.


KAREN CINORRE — US, 2021 – 100’

“The mystery of Laurie Anderson’s early recordings, the kinetic dance choreography of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and the imaginative truth of The Wizard of Oz were big inspirations.”

28/10 20:00 KAAP Oostende

Mayday tells the story of a young woman, Ana, whose life has been marred by violence. When the film begins, she is on the brink of total despair. Then a storm comes, and she’s transported to a dreamlike, ravishing coastline, where, like Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, she embarks on an epic journey.

The women she meets in this new world, which has aesthetic echoes of World World II-era Europe, live a life of wild abandon. No one is telling them what to do, how to look, or what to dream about becoming. At times they seem troubled by events from their past lives, but they are resolutely joyous and free in this one. They’re also at war, and they lure men to their deaths using radio signals like modern-day sirens.

Karen Cinorre’s feature debut is a beautifully designed mythical parable. The cast (Grace Van Patten, Mia Goth, Soko and Juliette Lewis) is exceptional and the film constantly surprises, feeling both like a war drama and a teen adventure flick. One minute Marsha unhesitatingly shoots a soldier, the next Ana performs a dreamy ballet to Liberace’s sweet ‘Love Is Blue’ with his companions.


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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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