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Summer Film School Rotterdam

Today was the first day of the Summer Film School Rotterdam, an intensive five-day programme of lectures and film screenings organized by the cinephile platform Roffa Mon Amour in co-operation with Cinea, whose yearly Summer Film College in Antwerp served as an inspiration source. The first edition of the Summer Film School Rotterdam focuses on the work of two very different directors: the provocative American filmmaker Brian de Palma and the French ‘Rive Gauche’ director Alain Resnais. The lectures on Brian de Palma are given by film critics Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin, while Alain Resnais’s films are analyzed by film scholars Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam) and Nadine Boljkovac (Falmouth University).

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Patricia Pisters’s lecture on Alain Resnais

The Summer Film School kicked off with a very inspiring lecture by Patricia Pisters. After introducing the serious and the playful Alain Resnais, she provided us with great insights into one of the major threads throughout Resnais’s oeuvre. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s writings, Pisters explained the working of and reflections on time and memory in films such as Hiroshima mon amour (1959) and particularly Je t’aime je t’aime (1968). I hadn’t seen this last film yet, and it was a delightful experience (a nice extra was to see all the Belgian references in the film, as it was shot in Ostend and Brussels). After the Resnais part of the day, Cristina Álvarez López gave an excellent introduction to the early works of Brian de Palma. Adrian Martin subsequently introduced de Palma’s cult musical Phantom of the paradise (1974), which was screened afterwards.

Summer Film College 2017

Last week, Cinea (the Flemish Service for Film Culture) organized its yearly Summer Film College (Zomerfilmcollege) in Cinema Zuid in Antwerp. I’ve been attending the Summer Film College since 2009, when it was still taking place in Bruges, and it’s always a pleasure to dive into this week with each day from morning until midnight lectures and films … a true celebration of cinephilia indeed!

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Bart Versteirt (Cinea) interviewing Iranian director Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa about her autobiographical documentary Jerry and Me (2013)

This year’s Summer Film College was dedicated to two themes: the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami and US comedy films from the 1930s and 1940s. You can consult the full programme here. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the two last days, but the lectures by Ruben Demasure, Adrian Martin and Tom Paulus were simply excellent and I enjoyed seeing Trouble in Paradise (1932, Ernst Lubitsch) and Kiarostami’s posthumously finished last film 24 Frames (2017) a lot. Looking forward to next year’s edition!