Belgian films selected for international documentary festival

Several Belgian films will be screened at FIDMarseille, an international festival for documentaries, shorts and feature films starting this week.

Saying not Said, an 18-minute experimental documentary by Christina Stuhlberger, will have its international premiere in Marseille. According to a press release, the film is “an exploration of intergenerational language transmission and explores profound, often unspoken ways of communication between mothers and daughters”. 

The documentary is a production by Brussels-based platform elephy supported by audiovisual agency Flanders Image and the Flemish Culture ministry’s Filmfonds.

Also in Marseille, Distant Voices, a short by Annik Leroy and Julie Morel, will have its French premiere. The film starts with a poem by historian and philosopher Hannah Arendt about her friend Walter Benjamin. It is a production by Marie Logie for Brussels-based platform Auguste Orts.

Talking about war

Other Belgian productions and co-productions at the festival include Flow, a feature-length film telling the story of a solitary cat navigating a world devastated by a flood. 

In the 2022 short I Stumble Every Time I Hear From Kyiv, Ukrainian Daryna Mamaisur, who was a student in Brussels when Russia invaded her country, explores how to talk about the war. Alongside Crushed by Belgian Camille Vigny, a powerful testimony of domestic violence, it is nominated for the Doc Alliance Award.

Doc Alliance is a network of seven European festivals supported by the Europe Creative Media programme, which aims to facilitate the distribution of works to European audiences. 

Held each year since 1989, FIDMarseille is one of France’s leading international festivals for documentary, fiction and experimental cinema. It runs from 25-30 June.


A still from Saying not Said by Christina Stuhlberger

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