MASTERCLASS: AT THE INTERSECTION OF DOCUMENTARY AND FICTION
Laurent Van Lancker
SUNDAY, 07.05. | 3–6pm
Laudongasse 15–19, 1080 Wien
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Registration deadline: 05.05.2023
In his films, anthropologist and filmmaker Laurent Van Lancker explores intercultural dialogue as a form of self-reflexive, performative and sensory cinema. His latest work, NOUS AUTRES, is a fictional documentary made in collaboration with migrants who tell European emigration stories of the past and connect them with their own contemporary migration experiences while holding out together in the darkness of a truck. It is a poetic and political film in which re-enacted scenes of flight are brought together with autobiographical narratives, archival footage, and dreamlike collages to create a cinematic experience that is as sensual as it is evocative.
In this Masterclass, Laurent Van Lancker talks about multimodal approaches to filmmaking and explores how to combine different modes and styles of documentary and fictional film into a hybrid, collaborative and sensory cinema that proposes a dialogue between ethics and aesthetics, poetics, and politics. Engaging with various film examples, he discusses with the audience the possibilities of contemporary, exploratory, and innovative cinematography at the threshold of fiction and reality.
Masterclass is held in English.
Film Screening NOUS AUTRES – WE OTHERS
Laurent Van Lancker lives and works in Brussels. This multilingual Audio-Visual artist both studied Film and Anthropology, and holds a PhD in Audiovisual Art. He lectures at filmschools (INSAS) and universities (FU BERLIN, WWU Münster) and SoundImageCulture workspace. His early documentary works explored social and religious themes (e.g. in Voodoo we trust, Ymako, … ). Followed by a series of short works called ‘Experimental Ethnographies’. His long-feature documentary film ‘Surya’, won international Awards, and had a theatrical release in Belgium. He also made an artistic webproject called ‘diwans.org’. Over the years he made a few short fiction films (Between two seas (1994) and pierre (2000), and later went on to make his first long-feature fiction film ‘Brak’ (Fallow). His films explore inter-cultural dialogue, and draw on various modes: Self-Reflexive, Performative and Sensorial cinema. They propose a dialogue between ethics and aesthetics, poetics and politics.