Het Bos
Ankerrui 5-7, Antwerp

Michiel Robberecht - ‘Peer Gynt’ (2017, 23’)

Inspired by Henrik Ibsen's famous theatre personage Peer Gynt, the film tells the story of a young man living in a small town in the Congolese rainforest. Absorbed in his own imaginary world, he stands alone in the desolate landscape. Other than his mother, nobody believes in his dreams and miracles. One day, when his mother dies, Peer Gynt decides to leave and he descends from his imaginary world into town. ‘Peer Gynt’ is a journey through a layered world, meandering between reality and imagination.

Michiel Robberecht on ‘Prova d’orchestra’ (1978, 72’) by Federico Fellini
‘Few directors present us with movies that ooze the pleasure of creating as much as Federico Fellini does. His films are spirited bodies; energy flows freely through the veins of their stories. Their gazing eyes make us feel and when they speak, their philosophical reveries make us grin.

To me ‘Prova d’orchestra’ is a perfect closing film. A television crew is documenting an orchestral rehearsal, but things spiral out of control and the orchestra revolts against their conductor. Like the musicians in the film, Fellini does what good cinema should do: revolt as a vigorous symphony, without ever forgetting about the beauty and poetry of its own laughter or the tears welling up slowly in the eyes.’'