27.02.24, 20:30, Permeke (1985)

In Ostend, young photographer Anna discovers the oeuvre of a painter about whom she knows nothing. Five paintings particularly move her because of their power and mystery. Who was this man capable of painting canvases as enigmatic as The Stranger and The Fairground Mill Horse, or portraits with those blurred faces? A terrace, a charming old gentleman and a pair of red gloves will be the three clues that will solve Anna's quest around this Flemish expressionist master.

Belgian film pioneer Henri Storck initially envisaged a classic documentary to pay tribute to his childhood friend and painter Constant Permeke. Partly through the advice of Storck's then producer, Antwerp poet Patrick Conrad came on board the film project. Together, Storck and Conrad rewrote the screenplay into an innovative hybrid documentary with a fictional storyline in the detective genre. Permeke makes his entry mainly with archive material of photographs, letters, paintings, film clips and unpublished stories. A surprising art film and quirky biopic that did not go unnoticed at the time.

This film will be introduced by visual artist Nel Aerts.

Patrick Conrad & Henri Storck, 1985, België, 95 minuten, 35mm, Nederlands gesproken, Nederlands ondertiteld

i.s.m. Film-Plateau
Campus Bijloke
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9000 Gent