Belgian filmmaker/artist Johan Grimonprez caused an international stir with his first feature dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) after its premiere at Documenta X. An exploration into media's mutating collusion with mass perception, this dizzying chronicle of airplane hijacking eerily foreshadowed the events of 9/11.
His recent feature Double Take (2009) questions how our view of reality is held hostage by mass media, advertising, and Hollywood. Written by award-winning British novelist Tom McCarthy, the film targets the global rise of fear-as-commodity in a tale of odd couples and hilarious double deals. Grimonprez's work is an inspired media archaeology that can be envisioned as both the joyful affirmation of a global disengagement, as well as the catalyst of effervescent criticism.
Traveling the main festival circuit from the Berlinale to Sundance, his critically acclaimed films have garnered Best Director Awards and were acquired by NBC UNIVERSAL, Arte, and Channel 4. In addition, his works are part of the permanent collections of the Tate Modern and the Centre Georges Pompidou, as well as having been exhibited worldwide. In 2011 Hatje/Cantz published a reader on his work called It’s A Poor Sort Of Memory That Only Works Backwards.
2018, 05:00 minutes, colour, English, Urdu
2018, 01:00 minutes, colour, Arabic, with subtitles in English
2017, 48:00 minutes, colour, English Subtitles in French, Dutch, Spanish
2017, 08:00 minutes, colour, English, Subtitles in Dutch, Greek
2016, 01:00 minutes, B&W, Spanish, Subtitles: English and French
2016, 15:00 minutes, Colour, English, French, subtitles: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, German, Greek
2015, 03:00 minutes, Colour, English Subtitles: Spanish
2013, 01:11 minutes, Colour, English
2011, 02:53 minutes, colour, Portuguese Subtitles: English
2011, 12:00 minutes, colour, English subtitles: Dutch
2005, 10:00 minutes, colour, English
1999, 20:00 minutes, colour/B&W
1997, 68:00 minutes, colour/B&W
1994, 18:00 minutes, colour, French, English, Dutch Subtitles in Dutch, English
1992, 24:00 minutes, colour/B&W
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