29.02.24, 20:30, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Dreams are deceptive, but the waking world is not much better. In this gilded nightmare, maestro of the subconscious Luis Buñuel paints a portrait of capitalism's dream states in Daliesque fashion. Here, a bouquet of bourgeoisie is enjoying dinner and trying to entertain each other with tales of their privileged adventures. However, the dinner does not go as planned and increasingly absurd interventions ensure that this civic ritual can never fully play out. As the line between reality and dream state begins to blur, the chances of dessert become increasingly slim.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is one of the highlights of Buñuel's psychosexual analyses of the ruling class. The stifling obligations and expectations the elite impose on themselves and others is thrown on the table in its vibrant violence. To let Buñuel's dreams escape the cinema, the screening is preceded by visual artist Maxime Vancoillie's exhibition Topography of the Night. Using architectural models of dream scenes, she constructs cinematic landscapes that approach the subconscious spatially.

This film will be introduced by KASKcinema programmer Lennart Soberon.

Luis Buñuel, 1972, France, Italy & Spain, 102', French spoken, English subtitles
Campus Bijloke
Godshuizenlaan 4
9000 Gent