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Special Screenings

And there’s more! Besides its thematic film programs, the festival offers several special screenings. There’s a full evening devoted to the legendary grindhouses of New York’s 42nd Street, when the full experience is recreated with a triple bill.
A conference examines the continued importance of these exploitation films in the present cinematic culture. One evening will highlight Belgian exploitation films. Three afternoon shows: one of them reliving the matinee shows of the 60’s, David Bowie in “Labyrinth”, a Cineketje screening for the children and finally your annual appointment with Shortscreen offers this year’s weirdest short films.

In the 60’s and 70’s, New York’s Times Square was one of the most notorious entertainment districts in America. Its main artery was on 42nd Street: behind an uninterrupted strip of flickering neon signs you could find numerous cinemas, sex shops, gun stores, strip bars and tourist traps. Grindhouses like the Cameo, Lyric, Empire, Rialto and Apollo showed the wildest and most extreme films: blaxploitation, sexploitation, eurotrash, kung fu, nudie cuties, horror, mondo and biker films. A true nirvana for B-to-Z film lovers, but a visit was not without danger for life or limb. Society’s outcasts and misfits found their natural habitat in the seedy district, as “the other” was not only found on the screen but also present inside the cinemas, crawling with junkies, transsexual prostitutes, criminals and petty thieves.
With “42nd Street Forever Night”, Offscreen wants to recreate an authentic grindhouse experience at Cinema Nova with hard seats, sticky floors and vintage 35mm oddities.

+ I Drink Your Blood

David E. Durston, 1970, 35mm, ov , 83'

Charles Manson meets “Night of the Living Dead” when rabid, drug-infested hippies go on a blood-crazed killer spree in this wildly demented and unrelentingly violent shock film. One of the first films to be rated X for violence and a true grindhouse classic – shown in its rare uncensored version!

+ Let Me Die a Woman

Doris Wishman, 1977, 35mm, ov , 79'

Full-on exploitation mayhem made by the legendary Doris Wishman (“Deadly Weapons”, “Blaze Starr goes Nudist”) under the pretence of a serious documentary on transsexuality and sex change operations. One of the most jaw-dropping and unclassifiable films ever to ooze forth from the 70’s grindhouse.

+ Corruption

Roger Watkins, 1983, 35mm, ov , 75'

A business man stumbles upon a string of erotic encounters in a seedy, dilapidated building in New York. The color-coded rooms read as a variation of the circles of hell. Is he trapped in Purgatory or the victim of a real plot? A decidedly Lynchian blue movie from notorious cult director Roger Watkins.

11.03 > 21:00
10€ / 7,5€ (soirée / avond)


Grindhouse cinema

(in English)

Grindhouse cinema is dead... or is it? Although most of its exhibition venues disappeared long ago and ‘true’ grindhouse films are no longer produced, these six talks and an industry panel discussion will examine the continued importance of the grindhouse and exploitation in contemporary cinematic culture.

Participants: Steve Jones, Jamie Sexton, Johnny Walker & Russ Hunter (Northumbria University, UK), Ernest Mathijs (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA), Elena Gorfinkel (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, US), David Church (author of “Grindhouse Nostalgia: Memory, Home Video and Exploitation Film Fandom”, US), Pete Tombs (Mondo Macabro, US) , JJ Marsh (Erotic Film Society, UK), Joe Rubin & Ryan Emerson (Vinegar Syndrome, US), Frank Henenlotter (director, US).

12.03 > 14:00

A nostalgic trip back to the Golden Age of cinema: the Sunday afternoon Matinee screening for all ages. Welcomed by old school hostesses, treat yourself to ice cream and a vintage sixties extravaganza in glorious CinemaScope and Technicolor!

In collaboration with La Rétine de Plateau

Matinee screening

Bye Bye Birdie

George Sidney, 1963, DCP, ov st fr & nl, 112'

In “Bye Bye Birdie” lucky teenager Kim enters a contest and wins a farewell kiss from teen idol Conrad Birdie, before he has todo his military service. The rockstar’s entourage moves into her quiet little town, much to the chagrin of her ever irritable father and her jealous boyfriend. A charming musical comedy featuring an unforgettable Ann-Margret in her breakthrough role.

13.03 > 14:00
5€ / 3,5€

Cinéma Bis Belge

A focus on Belgian cult and exploitation cinema

“Cinema Bis” is a general term that refers to cheaply produced films – from B to Z – from the Golden Age of the 60’s and 70’s in popular genres like horror, adventure or erotica. Some Belgians made a name for themselves in this underbelly of the film industry. They dared to confront a social and moral context that was much stricter than it is now, whilst touching on various taboo subjects. These curiosities were appreciated by a broad audience and shown at the local “grindhouse” cinemas in Brussels, like the Victory on Rue Neuve or Cinema Apollo on Rue de Malines.

Au service du Diable

The Devil’s Nightmare

Jean Brismée, 1971, 35mm, ov fr , 86'

Belgian documentary filmmaker and teacher Jean Brismée’s sole work of fiction is an excellent excursion into horror. Italian beauty Erika Blanc is a wonderfully creepy succubus as she sets out to seduce and kill seven travellers who seek shelter in a secluded old castle in the Black Forest.

17.03 > 19:30
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Et ma sœur ne pense qu’à ça

Take Me, I’m Old Enough

Joseph W. Rental (Henri Xhonneux), 1970, 35mm, ov fr , 76'

One of the first attempts in Belgium to make sexploitation – by director Henri Xhonneux (“Téléchat”, “Marquis”) using an American sounding alias – is a twisted story about two sisters struggling with their libido. Its German title “Die Pornoschwesterns” leaves little to the imagination.

17.03 > 21:30
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Jim Henson, 1986, 35mm, ov st fr & nl, 101'

An afternoon screening for the whole family in which we undertake a fantastic voyage to the wonderful world of Jim Henson (“The Muppet Show”). When the 16-year old Sarah (Jennifer Connely) gets frustrated by her crying baby brother Toby, she calls out for goblins to take him away. Surprisingly, the goblins actually show up and kidnap Toby to their kingdom. The Goblin King (David Bowie) offers the remorseful Sarah the chance to take her brother home, but first she will have to make her way through an enormous labyrinth...

06.03 > 15:30
5€ / 3,5€

Short films


For the annual Shortscreen program, Offscreen and website present a selection of recent Belgian short films that fit the Offscreen criteria: original, unusual, bizarre and surprising. The films will be introduced by the filmmakers!

+ Voltaire

Jan Snoekx, , 11'

Voltaire is an insecure weathercock, living on an insignificant countryside chapel until one day he takes a bold decision…

+ Kijé

Joanna Lorho, video, no dial, , 8'

At dusk, as the city freezes and falls into silence, a man finds himself caught in a strange and enchanting celebration.

+ Guest

Moon Blaise, , 20'

A man wanders alone at night in a hotel. Strange encounters take place when people from his past life come to meet him.

+ Tranche de campagne

Hannah Letaïf, , 7'

A family of animals enjoys a sunny day in the country. But the bucolic atmosphere rapidly degenerates.

+ De mythologische roof

Manuel Janssens, , 21'

A bored gang of adolescents hunts the virgins of Borsbeek. Teen anxiety and Latin classics meet in this contemporary myth.

+ Patershol

Douglas Boswell, , 6'

A pregnant woman is held captive by a sinister character.

16.03 > 19:30  
5€ / 3,5€


Home Sweet Home

Psychological drama’s, nerve-wracking thrillers and horror films: but what about the children? Offscreen does not forget the little ones and offers a moment of tranquillity, in collaboration with Filem’on.
A collection of short films from all corners of the world in two screenings, one for 3 year old and above and one for 5 year old and above: hand drawn, stop-motion or computer-animated, sharing “the house” as their main theme. The little faces will light up with wonder as they watch the adventures of the little cat that has the house all to itself, the house that leaves the city for a quiet life in the country, the house mouse that wants to get everything in its proper order or Buster Keaton who gets offered a house but receives it as a do-it-yourself kit!

Short films

Cineketje 3+

+ Bear & Bird

Dan & Jason, 2015, video, no dial, , 5'

+ Home Sweet Home

Pierre Clenet, 2013, video, no dial, , 10'

+ La maison démontable

Buster Keaton, 1920, video, silent, st fr, 22'

+ Perfect Houseguest

Max Porter, 2015, video, no dial, , 2'

+ Une maison

Koji Yamamura, 1993, video, no dial, , 4'

+ Komaneko Home Alone

Tsuneo Goda, 2015, video, no dial, , 7'

20.03 > 15:00
3,5€ / 2,5€

Short films

Cineketje 5+

+ Chez moi

Phuong Mai Nguyen, 2014, video, no dial, , 12'

+ Racines

Pierre Bassil, 2014, video, no dial, , 5'

+ Rabbit and Deer

Peter Vacz, 2013, video, no dial, , 16'

+ 3 + 1

Marie de Lapparent, 2015, video, ov st ang, 7'

+ La maison en petits cubes

Kunio Kato, 2008, video, no dial, , 12'

20.03 > 16:00
3,5€ / 2,5€

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