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Moana With Sound
VS: Robert & Monica Flaherty, 1926/1980, 77’
With an introduction by Dagmar Dirkx.
With her project Monokino, artist Anouk De Clercq (Ghent, 1971) wants to draw attention to independent and alternative cinema in Belgium. As a first act, the same film will be screened in different cinemas on various dates: Moana With Sound. This impressive documentary by Robert Flaherty about a tribe in Samoa inspired Henri Storck in 1927 to establish Cineclub d'Ostende, with which the coastal city developed into the center of the alternative Belgian film.
02/03 – KASKcinema - Ghent
04/03 – CINEMATEK - Brussels
06/03 – Netwerk - Aalst
07/03 – Cinema Zuid - Antwerp
07/03 – BUDA - Kortrijk
23/03 – Monokino - Oostende
28/03 – CIAP Cinema - Hasselt
Start: 7:30 PM
Admission: 5 €
Members: 2.5 €
Reservation not required
The mythology that hangs around Moana (Robert J. Flaherty, 1926) is grand and seductive. For example, the word 'documentary' would have been used for the first time in the English language in a laudatory review that filmmaker John Grierson wrote about the film. The film also made a big impression in Belgium.
After he saw Moana in the Brussels' Club du Cinéma, a young Henri Storck decided to set up a film club in Ostend. A year later the Club du Cinéma d'Ostende was born and among others James Ensor, Léon Spilliaert and Constant Permeke were among the members. About a century later, Monokino lights up the cinematic fire of Moana. In the spirit of Henri Storck, Monokino wants to offer a look at another cinema, as a 21st-century screen in Ostend where a counter-image can be projected. First, Monokino will be a nomadic cinema; later, the cinema will have a fixed site as anchorage for cinephiles from Ostend and beyond. Moana was made as a silent film but was provided with a sound half a century later. The youngest daughter of Robert Flaherty, Monica, created a brilliant soundtrack for the film at the urging of Jean Renoir. It is this version, with sound, that Monokino shows in independent cinemas all over the country, in a solidarity movement between contemporary ciné clubs.