Vdrome #1 – Spectres
First a little bit about the project, then the program.
Vdrome is an initiative conceived and promoted by Mousse, it is an online platform that offers regular, high quality screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers, whose production lies in-between contemporary art and cinema. Each screening is presented during a limited period, as in a movie theatre. Vdrome makes available a program of exceptional artists’s films and videos that are selected due to their importance, quality and innovative strength, many of which are only shown in the context of film festivals, exhibitions or specific surveys, being therefore of very limited access.
The first of their screenings is the Belgian Sven Augustijnen
Spectres (2011) is a film that focuses on the researches of Sir Jacques Brasinne de la Buissière on the decolonialization process of the Belgian Congo, in particular on the conditions of the execution of the Congolese leader Patrick Lumumba in 1961. The description of facts and events gives way to a somber narrative, in which the rigidness of formats such as documentary and fiction crumble apart. Using Bach’s intense Johannes Passion as a soundtrack, Spectres is a lively portrait of a man facing his own past and beliefs.