't Kwartier, Keistraat 11, 2000 Antwerpen
Opening times: Tuesday 20:00 - 22:00
A selection of queer experimental shorts for your pleasure. Q&A with some of the directors afterwards. Book your seat in advance and we throw in a drink! Seats are limited, but we keep a couple of tickets to be sold at the door.
And I Asked…
Megan-Leigh Heilig, 2018
13’, Belgium - South Africa, Experimental
And I asked... is a fictional conversation between two queer female-identifying persons about where they are and how they came to be there. It highlights the racial and religious tensions which exist between Africa and Europe, and particularly between Morocco and Belgium. The conversation unfolds through a series of assumptions which are made with regards to another person’s identity and places they live or come from. The work tries to engage with the transformative potential of banal everyday conversations, of collaborations with strangers, and the mistakes or failures inherent in that. The film begins with a one person asking another if they can use a lighter to light a cigarette. The film is more or less the length of a cigarette, which is used as a device to speak about the circumstances of the characters and their different histories.
Born in 1993, in Nelspruit South Africa, Megan-Leigh Heilig grew up in Johannesburg. She graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelors in Fine Art (BFA) in 2015; before going on to complete her Masters in Fine Art (MFA) at the University of Cape Town. She is currently pursuing advanced practice-based research at the Higher Institute of Fine Art (HISK) in Gent, Belgium. Her work consists of a range of diverse mediums and collaborative practices; including multi-layered installation, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and film. She uses film as a way to test, experiment, and, ask questions about history and power in private and public archives and spaces. Sometimes these questions have to do with the uncertainty of memory, the abuse of power and the negotiation of responsibility. It is also an attempt to queer the archive, in order to engage different sexual and loving relationships and possibilities of imagining the past and the future. She records and edits images, creates objects and installations, that reflect on the in-between spaces, by layering narratives, images, situations and experiences that engage shifting positions of power in relationships and everyday conversation.
Lisa Foster, 2015
3’, Belgium, Dance / Animation / Experimental
Chiraa Khoor is about getting lost in the abstraction of sounds and lines. A vibrating voice leads the movements of these women. Let yourself go into the colour and rhythm!
Graduating this year from her Master in Animation at KASK, Lisa Foster has experimented with all kinds of animation. Her use of colour and line distinguishes her style. For film she uses all kinds of materials, and prefers traditional animation.
Masa Zia Lenardic & Anja Wutej, 2018
8’, Germany - Slovenia, Fiction
We've all done it before. We felt uncomfortable in one place, and thought that running away would solve everything. But it didn't. What is home? What is comfort? At which point will we take a risk, give it a real try, what will make us stay? And: Are we able to stay at all?
Masa Zia Lenardic is born in 1984, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Graduated from Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security in Ljubljana. In 2011 she starts working as a self-taught freelance filmmaker. Currently she's working and living in Berlin.
Anja Wutej is born in 1985, in Maribor, Slovenia. She graduated from Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Apart from working in a small arthouse cinema she is also working as a freelance translator/interpreter (for German, English and Slovenian). She has gained acting experience by appearing in several theatre plays and feature, short and promo films. Currently working and living in Berlin.
Filmography: Take It / Break It (2011), (A)Typical Couple (2012) and Queer Artivism (2013).
Matthew Baren, 2016
17’, China, Fiction
A woman sets out one night from her home in the city on an erratic and ill-fated journey to the seaside—engaging in a series of violent confrontations with the people she encounters along the way - and in the process, questioning our sense of safety, desire, truth, and purpose in life. Inspired by the book The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark.
Matthew makes films, collaborating on narrative and documentary projects. His own work often focuses on death and interconnection. He curates festivals and screenings of queer cinema, and is cofounder of CINEMQ. He is currently based in Shanghai, China.
Libre Maintenant / Free Now
Pierre Liebaert, 2012-2015
11’, Belgium, Experimental / Documentary
The models who replied to his ad wanted to pose in the intimacy of closed doors, as if this face to face with the photographer whom they knew nothing about was the one thing they had been waiting for.
Pierre Liebaert is a Belgian photographer currently based in Brussels, Belgium. He graduated from l’Ecole Supérieure des Arts de l’image "Le 75" in Brussels. His series, Macquenoise, was published by the Belgian editor Le Caillou Bleu. Very often immersive, his projects are often longterm and devour him. Although they are mainly photographic, his series Libre maintenant, exhibited at the AQAF, builds itself around an installation composed of a film, images, music, audio recordings and texts.
Jiang Hongyu, 2017
18’, China, Experimental
One night, after masturbating, a man picks up a phone call from the guy he desperately longs for. The guy asks him to go for a drink, and he decides to go out. Yet on his way to the agreed place, he sees a familiar shape, yet the shape suddenly vanishes......
Jiang Hongyu was born in Chengdu, Sichuan province, in 1996. He majors in film directing. He is a rebellious and intelligent student who focuses on the interesting things, rather than the finite class- taught knowledge. He is an ordinary youngster, who is simply crazy about films, music, painting, writing novels, photography and so on. He has made some short films written, directed and performed by himself. In the near future, he will focus on creating art films.