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Laurent VanLancker

Laurent Van Lancker

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Laurent Van Lancker both studied Filmmaking (IAD) and Anthropology (MA, Mphil in SOAS). His early documentaries illuminate social, religious and artistic aspects of different cultures, e.g. Ymako ( Basil Wright Price at the RAI film festival 1998) or Moving with the Clouds ( Prix Jeunes, Festival Cinema d’Asie 1999). Although his latest three works are experimental travel diaries ( Eth(n)ics, Trente et une nuits: mes rencontres palestiniennes, Rétroviseurs), he has also recently made short fiction films, dance-videos, and is currently finishing a first (and surrealist) long feature documentary. An occasional lecturer in audiovisual anthropology and documentary in universities such as UGent, Sint-Lukas (Belgium), SOAS (London) or Kunming (China) and one of the founders of Polymorfilms and VOX (a media-activist collective), he also runs creative AV workshops and has curated several film programmes for Cinema Nova in Brussels. For Laurent Van Lancker, every project is like a new performance, in which a dialogue between form and content, ethics and aesthetics, political and poetical realms is to be found.


Entre deux mers (6´, Belgium, 1994)
Discreet Identities - with Simon Arazi (26´, Belgium, 1996)
In Voodoo We Trust - with Jim Ireland (52´, Belgium, 1997)
Ymako - with Robin Shuffield (51´, Belgium, 1998)
Moving with the clouds - with Olivier Gregoire (53´, Belgium, 1999)
La pierre (21´, Belgium, 2000)
Eth(n)ics (26´, Belgium, 2001)
Looking Up - with Parthiv Shah (24´, Belgium, 2003)
31 Nights (28´, Belgium, 2003) Rétroviseurs (28´, Belgium, 2004) - collective film
Surya, from eloquence to dawn (76´, Belgium, 2006)
Majjudo/Lost Man (31', Belgium, 2009)
Disorient (36', Belgium, 2011)



Disorient (Orig.) / 2011 / Belgium / 36 min

Polyphony of tales by migrants who returned to their homeland after having spent many years abroad. This film proposes a haptic and sensorial evocation of lifestories and memories through filmic experimentations and traces of material culture.



Lost Man

Majjudo (Orig.) / 2009 / Belgium / 31 min

Cine-poem and sensorial drifting in a French-Senegalese experience of Shadow cinema. Someone who leaves the dying fire without his torchlight is a lost man.


Surya 1


Surya (Orig.) / 2006 / Belgium / 76 min

Ten contemporary storytellers of different cultures create an imaginary epic story and the aromas of culturesbv carry us from one storyteller to the next.





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Winter Portion of Czech Documentary Films

Winter Portion of Czech Documentary Films

For 3.99 euro, you can get a selection of documentaries that entered Czech cinematic distribution in 2016 as well as access to another 1500 films from around the world. Dear friends, please, do not forget that you can give an ideal present not only to your intellectual friends but also to yourselves.

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Unique films at FAMUFEST

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The 33rd edition of FAMUFEST, a competition display of films made by students of Prague’s FAMU, will be held on November 23 to 27 at Prague’s Letná District. Like in the past year, it will take place at Bio Oko, plus at the new venues of Studio Hrdinů and Café Jedna.

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