SHHH takes silent film as a starting point for exhibitions, film screenings with live music and a workshop for children.

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Installations

SIMON STARLING
Autoxylopyrocycloboros – UK, 2006 – 38 colour transparencies, 6×7cm – 1 slide projector

ERIEN WITHOUCK
On wind knots – BE, 2021 – photo, publication, video – 15’

ERIEN WITHOUCK
Trouwens, rauwe wortelen eten geeft een klare stem – BE, 2021 – sound installation – loop

ANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR
Waterbath – AT, 2014 – 3×16mm – loop

Marcel Broodthaers
LE CORBEAU ET LE RENARD BE, 1967 – 16MM – 7’

 

Films

Marcel Broodthaers
Duration 61’


SLIP-TEST DISSOLVES – BE, 1975 – 16mm – 6’’ (loop)
DÉFENSE DE FUMER – BE, 1967-70 – 16mm – 28’‘
A VOYAGE ON THE NORTH SEA – BE, 1973-74 – 16MM – 4’
ANALYSE D’UNE PEINTURE – BE, 1973 – 16mm – 6’
3 CARTES POSTALES : HISTOIRE D’AMOUR – BE, 1971 – 16MM – 3’ / CHÈRE PETITE SOEUR (LA TEMPÊTE) – BE, 1972 – 16MM – 4’ / PARIS – BE, 1972 – 16MM – 1’
UNE SECONDE D’ÉTERNITÉ – BE, 1970 – 16MM – 1’
LA PLUIE (PROJET POUR UN TEXTE) – BE, 1969 – 16MM – 2’
MAURETANIA – BE, 1972 – 16MM – 2’
SPEAKERS CORNER – UK, 1972 – 16MM – 8’
THE LAST VOYAGE – BE, 1973-1974 – 16MM – 4’
PROJET POUR UN POISSON (PROJET POUR UN FILM) – BE, 1970/71 – 35mm – 7’45’‘
LA LUNE – BE, 1970 – 35MM – 3’
UN FILM DE CHARLES BAUDELAIRE (version française) – BE, 35mm – 7’
MONSIEUR TESTE – BE, 1974 – 35MM – 2’
LA PIPE SATIRE – BE, 1969 – 35MM – 3’
EXERCICE — BE, 1971 – 35MM – 4’

ROBERT J. FLAHERTY
Nanook of the North — US, 1922 – 35MM — 79’

EXPRMNTL
Duration 41’

WATERWORKJAMES CAGLEUSA, 1973 – 16MM – 11’
ZEBRALOUIS HOCKUSA, 1972-74 – 16MM – 18’
MON PETIT ALBUMAKIKO IIMURA – DE/FR, 1974 – 16MM TO DIGITAL – 12’ – SOUNDTRACK: JACQUES BEKAERT

Antoinette Zwirchmayr
Wonderful Wound – Duration 65’

OCEANO MAREANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2020 – 16mm – 6’
JÍCAROROSA JOHN – AU, 2017 – 16mm – 2’
IN ITS FORM ASLEEPANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2016 – 16mm – 3’
IDÖMÈRÈSDORA MAURER – HU, 1973/1980 – 16mm – 10’
SCHWERMUT AM FENSTERANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2021 – 16mm – 7’
SIDA/AIDS – JENNIFER BURFORD – FR, 1992 – 16mm – 6’
MIT MIRKERSTIN CMELKA – AU, 2000 – 16mm – 2’
KATHARINA VIKTORIAVIKTORIA SCHMID – AU, 2012 – 16mm – 1’
PASSAGE BRIAREFRIEDL KUBELKA – AU, 2009 – 16mm – 3’
LADY LUCKANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2011 – 16mm – 3’
HER MOUTH IS A COSMIC GATEWAYANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2012 – 16mm – 3’
DELPHINE DE OLIVEIRAFRIEDL KUBELKA – AU – 2009 – 16mm – 3’
ON THE FROZEN ATLASANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2020 – 16mm – 6’
HOUSE AND UNIVERSEANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2015 – 16mm – 3’
DREAM OF A RAY FISHJOÃO MARIA GUSMÃO + PEDRO PAIVAPOR, 2011 – 16mm – 3’
VENUS DELTAANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR – AU, 2016 – 16mm – 4’

JUHO KUOSMANEN
Duration 45’

ROMU-MATILLA AND THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN – FI, 2012 – 16mm sur digitale – 30’
MOONSHINERS – FI, 2015 – 16mm sur digitale – 15’

GERMAINE DULAC
La belle dame sans merci — FR, 1920 – 35MM — 86’

Exhibition

03, 04, 05/09 — 10:00-18:00
10, 11, 12/09 — 10:00-18:00
TONY CONRAD
MARCEL BROODTHAERS
PHILIPPE VAN SNICK
PAUL SHARITS
BORIS LEHMAN
ERIC ANDERSEN
in Pleasure Island
SIMON STARLING in Hendrik Baelskaai 1
ANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR in Marien Station Oostende VLIZ
ERIEN WITHOUCK in Marien Station Oostende VLIZ + Pleasure Island (pavilion)

Screenings

03/09
20:30 MARCEL BROODTHAERS in KAAP
In the presence of MARIA GILISSEN
22:00 ROBERT J. FLAHERTY in KAAP
Introduction: ERIC DE KUYPER
Live music: HILDE NASH
04/09
14:30 EXPRMNTL in Thermae Palace
16:30 WONDERFUL WOUND in Thermae Palace
In the presence of ANTOINETTE ZWIRCHMAYR
20:30 JUHO KUOSMANEN in KAAP
Live muziek: NED MCGOWAN, MARK TUINSTRA
22:00 GERMAINE DULAC in KAAP
Live music: WILLEM KORTELING, MAUD NELISSEN, WYNANDA ZEEVAARDER

Workshop

12/09, 13:00-17:00
KIDS ON FILM in Mu.ZEE

 
 

For the third year in a row, Monokino, CINEA and KAAP organise SHHH, the only festival in the world that declares its love for silent film and the sea. Besides film screenings, live music, an exhibition and a workshop for children, there is the ever impressive sea, and the opportunity to enjoy good food and have a drink.

A silent film screening is a unique event even more than other screenings: not only do we show most of the films in their analogue form (35mm or 16mm), but half of the screenings are accompanied by musicians. For the first time we will also show films on the beach, each time with live music. SHHH is therefore anything but ‘silent’.

This edition will focus on Jacques Ledoux, the inspirer of CINEMATEK in Brussels and one of the most important figures for film in post-war Belgium. Ledoux, who would have turned 100 this year, was an omnivore when it came to film: he showed B-movies alongside masterpieces, and historical avant-garde alongside contemporary experiment. A fantastic eclecticism that appeals greatly to us: we too love film in the broadest sense of the word.

We will start off with a unique screening of Marcel Broodthaers’ films. Not only did this artist combine film and visual art in an inimitable way, there is no other (Belgian) artist who refers so frequently to the sea. We are pleased and honoured to host Maria Gilissen, Marcel Broodthaers’ widow, at this screening.

Later that evening, after sunset, we will show on the beach, on 35mm, Nanook of the North, the famous documentary by Robert Flaherty. Jacques Ledoux found this film in the monastery where he went into hiding after escaping from the train that was taking him to a camp during the war. When he later became director of the film archive (later CINEMATEK), this film was one of the first he preserved there. Prior to the film, Eric de Kuyper will elaborate on the life of Jacques Ledoux, and on his significance for the Belgian film landscape.

During this edition of SHHH, we will also be focusing on EXPRMNTL, the world-famous festival for experimental film that Ledoux organised in Knokke during the winter months. In the end, only three editions took place during the years 1960-1970, but the significance of this festival for the breakthrough of experimental film in Europe should not be underestimated. We highlight this event with a group exhibition and a film programme.

The remarkable Austrian filmmaker Antoinette Zwirchmayr will show her films and guide us through the work of filmmakers who inspired her. A glimpse into a unique oeuvre, as well as a personal ‘walk’ through the historical and contemporary experimental film world.

We will be showing two recent films by Juho Kuosmanen, who was awarded the Grand Prix at this year’s festival in Cannes. The work of this great Finnish filmmaker is a tribute to historical silent film and shows how these films are still relevant today.

We end our film programme on the beach with the screening, on 35mm, of La Belle Dame sans Merci by Germaine Dulac, a film that caused a stir in Ostend 100 years ago.

Besides the film screenings, there is an exhibition with work that is situated on the interface between film and visual arts. Installations by Simon Starling, Erien Withouck and Antoinette Zwirchmayr can be discovered on various locations in the city. In the thematic exhibition around EXPRMNTL, we’ve included work by Tony Conrad, Marcel Broodthaers, Philippe Van Snick, Paul Sharits, Boris Lehman and Eric Andersen.

We conclude with a workshop in Mu.ZEE, in which we introduce children to the wonderful world of analogue film. With a public showing of their handmade films as the icing on the cake.

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Individual screenings cost €10 or €7 with discount. A festival pass for all events costs €35 or €25 with discount. For those who only want to visit the exhibitions, the entrance fee is €10 or €7. You can order passes and tickets via Wicket. You can contact info@monokino.org for more info.

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SHHH is an initiative of Monokino and CINEA, in collaboration with KAAP, Mu.ZEE and Nederlands Silent Film Festival.
With the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, deBuren, Pleasure Island, Österreichisches Kulturforum.
With thanks to Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Kadist Art Foundation, CINEMATEK, Eye Filmmuseum, Light Cone, Sixpackfilm, the artists, the volunteers and all the people who collaborated on this edition.

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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TEAM — Anouk De Clercq, Baptist Everaert, Chloë Delanghe, Dagmar Dirkx, Daniella Van Remoortere, David Slotema, Deniz Erdem, Eric de Kuyper, Erien Withouck, Eva Claus, Godart Bakkers, Jana Coorevits, Johan Opstaele, June Laka, Noah Heylen, Rebecca Jane Arthur, Quinten Wyns, Xavier Garcia Bardon, Ynne De Wever.
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.