BELGIAN FASHION (FILMS)
Serge Leblon is not the only Belgian presence at FASH!ON/off. On Sunday, the Ben Trovato screening will also feature these two Belgian directors: Zeb Daemen and Benny Vandendriessche, who will both be dropping by, alongside the Capara sisters.
The fashion film Indifference (picture above) was created by the two sisters, the designers behind the Capara label. For this, the designers collaborated with director Benny Vandendriessche and director of photography Carl Rottiers.
The film is based on the short story Die Sommernovelette, in which Austrian author Stefan Zweig explores the world of a man living in ghostlike indifference. However, the film has no intention to recreate Zweig’s text. By reducing its narrative elements into simple abstract images, the film is suggesting rather than telling a story. For instance, the especially designed furniture refers to the hotel in Die Sommernovelette, but it does not construct a recognizable decor.
Embedded in an original soundtrack by Senjan Jansen and cut by Els Voorspoels, the final edit expresses a strong mood, reinforcing the qualities of the Capara collection on display.
Get your tickets to the Ben Trovato screening (which also features Todd Cole) now. Afterwards, everyone is cordially invited to have at least one last drink at our temporary FASH!ON/off bar in the lobby of Cinema Zuid. At least one!
WIN ELLEN VON UNWERTH’S HOTEL (O) ROOM
Here’s the thing: we were holding a room for Ellen von Unwerth because she secretly told us she might attend the screening of her fashion films on Saturday December 10. By now, it’s probably safe to say the legendary photographer won’t make it - still love you, Ellen! - so that means we’re stuck with an empty hotel room in one of the best hotels in Antwerp - if not the best!
Think it should be you taking Ellen von Unwerth’s place/room? Alright, then. Your dashing mission, should you decide to accept it, is to tell us which of these ten photographers is your favorite by tagging yourself in his/her picture and telling us why he/she is just the hottest shutterbug on the planet - ever! On Friday, we will tell you who will win The Big FASH!ON/off Weekend Prize = two tickets for the Peter Lindbergh exhibition at the Antwerp Photo Museum, two tickets for every FASH!ON/off screening on Saturday and Sunday, two tickets for FASH!ON/off PARTY/on by Kissinger, a signed copy of Serge Leblon’s amazing book and of course one - hopefully - unforgettable night in Hotel O (just a three minute walk from Cinema Zuid) on Saturday December 10. Go!
HUMO + ELLEN VON UNWERTH
Last week, Belgian magazine Humo asked us to set up an interview with Ellen von Unwerth - to talk about her body of work. So we did. The interview is featured in this week’s Humo and it’s the perfect teaser for the screening of Von Unwerth’s fashion films on Saturday (for which you can already order tickets).
BEN TROVATO INVITES TODD COLE
Sunday December 11 20h30 - 22h00 /// €6
Some of you might have already heard but it’s time to make it official: Todd Cole, one of our favorite fashion photographers and filmmakers, is coming to FASH!ON/off on Sunday December 11. He is one of the artists featured in Ben Trovato Selects - meaning he will not only present his films for a.o. Rodarte, Nike and Charlotte Gainsbourg, he will also discuss his complete body of work and the other fashion films in the selection.
Todd Cole has been a photographer for quite a long time but he only recently got into the business of fashion films. In 2010, he made a short for fashion label Rodarte which was voted one of the ten best fashion films of the year by W magazine. His second film for Rodarte (starring Elle Fanning) also won him a lot of praise and ever since he’s been making some of the best fashion films, music videos and commercials around.
However, Todd Cole is also still very much a (fashion) photographer whose work has been published in i-D, Vogue, Purple, The Fader and POP - for which he did a crazy shoot with Britney Spears.
Find out more about Ben Trovato Selects or just buy your tickets now. After the screening, ticket holders will get a chance to meet Todd Cole over (free) drinks at our temporary FASH!ON/off bar inside Cinema Zuid.
Here it is: our second and definitive flyer (which should come back from the printers by Friday). Also, in other news, we have just announced the line-up of FASH!ON/off PARTY/on by Kissinger on Saturday December 10. Go here to check it out them sexy boys and girls who will be seducing you with their dashing tunes or simply tell us you’re coming on - we <3 vintage - Facebook. Presale tickets cost €8 and can be found here.
THE DAY BEFORE
In 2009, French documentary filmmaker Loïc Prigent made a four-part documentary series called The Day Before, in which he covers the dramatic 36 hours leading up to the unveiling of the fall collections by Proenza Schouler, Fendi, Sonia Rykiel & Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The series was such a success (and is now also available on dvd) that Prigent quickly made a follow-up - in six parts! The second season features six times fifty minutes of deadline craziness starring Alexander Wang & Diane von Fürstenberg (both episodes will be shown back-to-back on Friday), Donatella Versace & Narciso Rodriguez (showing on Saturday) and Nina Ricci & Jeremy Scott (showing on Sunday). It’s like The Fast and the Furious but without the ugly dudes and just one or two less stunts.
The first screening on Friday December 9 (Wang & Von Fürstenberg) will be introduced by Emma Gelaude (MyFashionBlog). After each of the three screenings, ticket holders are invited to have a (free) drink at our temporary FASH!ON/off bar in the lobby of Cinema Zuid. Please note that the documentaries are in English (with no Dutch or French subtitles).
Picture above (c) Shawn Brackbill
AN EVENING WITH SERGE LEBLON
Friday December 9 20h15 - 22h00 /// €6
Having worked for such cutting-edge magazines as The Face, Dazed and Confused or even Harper’s Bazaar, Serge Leblon is one of Belgium’s most renowned and respected fashion photographers. And you don’t even have to take our word for it: just check out this recently published (and truly excellent) book - highlighting his extraordinary career.
Leblon has also worked as a fashion filmmaker for Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio - and that’s why we’ve asked him to curate a screening for us. We didn’t just ask him to show his own work, we also wanted to hear about what/who inspires him (and show that on the big screen). Expect a fascinating mix of Q&A, fashion film, avant-garde cinema (Maya Deren & Robert Wilson), music video (Talking Heads) and much more!
An Evening with Serge Leblon is the official opening screening of the festival, which means all ticket holders are invited for drinks afterwards at our temporary FASH!ON/off bar in the lobby of Cinema Zuid. Please note that the Q&A will be in English. TICKETS
OUT OF FASHION (BEST OF)
Friday December 9 22h20 - 23h20 /// FREE
The International Film Festival Rotterdam is the biggest and boldest independent film festival on the planet. Every year, 350,000 people from all over the world visit the festival for its cutting-edge and innovative program - from Mexican drama and Japanese horror to video art and fashion film!
In January 2011, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screened a large number of unique and compelling fashion films from artists like Hussein Chalayan and Kenneth Anger (see above). The festival-in-festival was called Out of Fashion and FASH!ON/off is extremely happy to be able to show you this one hour best of for free (featuring Nick Knight, Joost Vandebrug, Harmony Korine and Zach Gold for A.F. Vandevorst).
Want to make sure you can get in? Reserve your seat here.
THE PERFECT CUT VS. STEPHANE ‘BOY LONDON’ RAYNOR
Saturday December 10 15h30 - 16h30 /// FREE
Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, hand-picked FASH!ON/off as the last stop of The Perfect Cut tour - a series of talks with leading industry people about the growing relationship between fashion and film. Past speakers have included Alexander Fury (SHOWstudio) and Carri Munden (Cassette Playa). On Saturday December 10, UK style icon Stephane Raynor is heading towards Cinema Zuid (Antwerp) to talk to Dutch photographer Ari Versluis (Exactitudes) about his legendary fashion brand BOY London and about the influence fashion has on film and music (and vice versa).
For those who never heard of Stephane Raynor or BOY London: you missed out on some crazy times. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Raynor dressed everyone from the Sex Pistols and Boy George to Andy Warhol and Madonna - right up until his infamous brand BOY London went bankrupt; in the name and spirit of rock & roll. But the label has maintained its cult status and it is now being revived - with a little help from people like hotshot party photographer The Cobra Snake, hot chick Rihanna and just hot Natalia Kills.
Please note that this is not a cinema screening but a Q&A (in English). Entrance is free but please let us know you’re coming as soon as possible. After the Q&A, we’ll be serving (free) drinks in our temporary FASH!ON/off bar in the lobby of Cinema Zuid.
About Premsela: The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion dedicates itself to promoting the growth of Dutch design. It organizes lectures, debates & exhibitions and publishes the Dutch design magazine Morf and the international online portal Design.nl. The institute works closely with a large number of Dutch and foreign partners, cultural institutions and companies. Its activities are aimed at designers, students, clients, producers, professionals and other interested parties in the Netherlands and beyond.