- Russia (17.12 > 23.02)
Russia under the spotlight: a grand concert of Eduard Artemyev’s film scores and several film cycles. With The Event, Ukrainian filmmaker Sergey Loznitsa offers an openminded view of the failed coup of August 1991 in Russia. Filmed in 1966, the series The Soviets captured images, very rare at the time, of everyday life in the USSR. Also, a reshowing of Mikhalkov’s wonderful Dark Eyes, the score for this film being entrusted on this occasion to Lelouch’s faithful collaborator, Francis Lai. And the avant-garde Man with a Movie Camera, filmed by Vertov in 1929, continues to inspire admiration and amazement.
- Brussels Jazz Festival: Miles Davis (15.01 > 23.02)
Three films with one thing in common: Miles Davis, composer, singer and actor. Miles Davis’ forays into cinema are few and far between. One, at least, made history: Louis Malle asked him to provide the soundtrack to Lift to the Scaffold, which Miles improvised majestically with his musicians in front of images from the film played in a loop. For The Hot Spot, his trumpet played opposite John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal. Their blues sound gives impressive tonality to Dennis Hopper’s neo-noir movie. As for the Australian Rolf de Heer, he gave Miles Davis a screen role in Dingo.
- Michel Simon (06.03 > 30.05)
Born the same year as cinema, Michel Simon was, for half a century, one of its most iconic faces. The talent and powerful personality of the Swiss legend marked a golden age of French and French-language cinema, particularly under the direction of René Clair, Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo and Julien Duvivier.
- Akira Kurosawa (part 3) (07.03 > 26.05)
Lyrical, violent, humanist, but always a filmmaker of the highest calling, Akira Kurosawa never made a minor film. The interest awakened by our previous programmes dedicated to the Japanese director has motivated us to continue with our exploration – from the beginning of our 16|17 season – of one of the most important bodies of work of the twentieth century. From the powerful drama of Red Beard to the colourful flamboyance of Dodes’ka-den, taking in the dream fables and emotional gravity of his other films from different eras and styles.
- Andrzej Wajda (07.03 > 17.05)
A tribute to one of the true cinema greats to mark the occasion of the Flagey release of Andrzej Wajda’s final, posthumous film, Powidoki. His work was a passionate, angry exploration of the fate of the individual in times of revolution. Some major works, some less celebrated, gleaned from an extensive filmography that can be revisited again and again.
- Oxfam Day (21.04)
As part of Oxfam Day at Flagey, two solidarity-themed features from our programmes: Kurosawa’s Dodes’ka-den, a stylised and worthy tale of daily life in a Japanese shantytown, and Food Coop, a documentary about a cooperative food supermarket in New York. What can be learnt from a film after a viewing, and how to analyse the style of the great cinema auteurs to understand the pleasure it gives us: that’s what Olivier Lecomte (FR) and Wouter Hessels (NL) will be teaching us in their fascinating courses “Un film à la loupe” (films under the spotlight).