prog: 1848

Profit & Loss (films and documentaries)

Gains and losses

From finance to austerity

This nth economic crisis reveals yet again the chasm between two worlds: on one side, a financial oligarchy, supported by right- and left-wing governments, triumphant in times of prosperity and sorrowful when threatened by bankruptcy ; on the other side, the huge majority of those who do not share the same privileges, used to paying for everything in order to guarantee the profits and endure the losses of the financial system.
How can we grapple with the multiple questions raised by the onset of such a crisis? The way these issues are usually presented is off-putting and abstract. To start with, the price of the Dow Jones, subprimes and credit derivatives are not alluring subjects. In practice, to decry such disembodied entities as “the market” or “finance” offers no real grip on the matter. The political practices which question dominant beliefs about economy need to change their angle of attack, in order to show clearly in what ways this oligarchy continually ensures its richness and privileges. What is its relationship with politics? Through which channels and how do the billions involved in financial matters circulate? What are the implications of these mechanisms for our daily lives?
In this respect, cinema can play an essential part. The stories of Dexia, Enron or Lehman Brothers, Margaret Thatcher’s doings, the Spanish real estate bubble can be told as political-economic sagas, where money, power and cynicism go hand in hand. At the other end, the many documentaries which are being made presently throughout Europe give a concrete picture of the social issues at stake in such a crisis.
A programme organised together with Dites 33!, Le P’tit Ciné and the Réseau Financement Alternatif (Financité).

An installation by Francis Ghesquiere, Melanie Cambier and Joel Girès about the use(lessness) of ’activation’ of the unemployed.
Posters and flyers by Plus Tôt Te Laat (PTTL).
A poetical bank by Emmanuel Tête.

12.09 > 19:00

Win for Life is a short animation documentary about passion... and work.
Followed by a meeting with the authors of the book "Chôming Out" (Editions D’une Certaine Gaîté).

12.09 > 20:00

Sigurdur Hallmar Magnusson, 2012, IS-CZ-FR, video, ov st fr, 52

In October 2008, the three main banks in Iceland collapsed, driving a nation into bankruptcy, causing thousands of people to lose their jobs, their personal savings - and hope. How does a nation, once one of the richest and most developed countries in the capitalist world, react to a total economic collapse? In a landscape where “to be rich” used to be a virtue, who is really to blame for the collapse of a far-too-fast-and-greedy banking system? Or rather, is the decline of the capitalist values maybe the best thing that could have happened to Iceland?

13.09 > 22:00 + 04.10 > 20:00
3,5€ / 2,5€

Mercedes Álvarez, 2011, SP, HD, ov st fr & ang, 110

The abandonment and demolition of an old house, with all its furniture, its plentiful library and its full load of personal memories, becomes the starting point for this film, which tries to portray some of the aspects of the new world. The camera peeps into the real state furore, turned into a showroom and promise of financial gain or of the paradise; into financial investment brokers, gurus and preachers of success and mythology. Personal and collective memory, dreams and desires will be ultimately transformed into pure merchandising.

14.09 > 22:00 + 21.09 > 20:00 + 17.10 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€

Alex Gibney, 2005, US, 35mm, ov st fr & nl, 110

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a documentary film based on the best-selling 2003 book of the same name by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, a study of an enormous business scandal in American history. A well-documented breathtaking insight in what may be the biggest swindle of the century.

22.09 > 22:00 + 04.10 > 21:00
5€ / 3,5€


Debts Inc.

Eva Eckert, 2013, AT, HD, ov st fr & ang, 75

An exploration of the harsh debt system in Austria. Invariably remaining on the side of the institutions – benevolent or not – Eva Eckert uses a clear and calm aesthetic and structure to cast light on appalling and painful situations. A film that illustrates the hypocrisy of these institutions that profit directly from people who are in debt, ill-informed and under constant pressure.

26.09 > 22:00 + 05.10 > 20:00 + 19.10 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€

Elissavet Laloudaki & Massimo Pizzocaro, 2013, GR, video, ov st ang, 68

The film follows four charming people living in a sunny but gloomy Athens. They are confronted by the harsh reality of the crisis; they have to fight for what is their due; they have to come to terms with absurdity. They are living in Greece, where the tragic and the comic are often intertwined. A parliamentary candidate juggles Party discipline, left liberalism and inconvenient truths. An unpaid employee deals with his political disillusionment and his anti-German rage with self-deprecating humor. Two people in love realise they are the odd ones out. They are artists, two beautiful dreamers. It is said that living in interesting times is a curse. This playful film, with interference from TV “newsreels” and commercials, reminds us that it’s just life –weighed down by sadness and anger, but also full of creativity and unexpected courage.

06.10 > 22:00 + 19.10 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€

Larry Revene, 1982, US, 35mm > video, ov, 83

Wanda Brandt is a shrewd corporate takeover engineer. She plots to seize control of the most stable financial investment firm on Wall Street by sexually blackmailing all the corporate stockholders out of their holdings. Things get complicated for Wanda as the company president hires an investigator to determine the cause of the sudden instability of the stock. She must seek help from her prior company’s secretary and a stockbroker to achieve her objective... An X rated big business satire... and so much more!

27.09 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€

Live Soundtrack


Marcel L’Herbier , 1928, FR, 35mm, silent, 164

Marcel L’Herbier was a French filmmaker, who achieved prominence as an avant-garde theorist and imaginative practitioner with a series of silent films in the 1920s. L’Argent is an adaptation of Zola’s novel of the same name, transposed from the 1860s to the present day (i.e. 1928). With an international cast, art deco design, and some spectacular location filming in the Paris Bourse, L’Argent was a substantial and durable work which effectively marked the end of silent film-making for L’Herbier.
The free-punk-rockers of René Binamé play the challenge to accompany one of the last great silent films. A live soundtrack that combines this anarchist group, known for his incisive texts, with the world of speculation... Enough to set the night on fire!

28.09 > 20:00
7,5€ / 6€


Mary Poppins

Robert Stevenson, 1964, US, 35mm > video, vt fr st nl, 139

Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers. The movie combines songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. The movie will be screened in its French version with Dutch subtitles on video, because the 35 mil version in good quality isn’t available any more.

06.10 > 15:00
3,5€ / 2,5€

lang: en
id_rubrique: 1849
prog: 1848
pos: aval