TKKF: Spectres, dir. Sven Augustijnen

TKKF: Spectres, dir. Sven Augustijnen


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Directed by Sven Augustijnen

Belgium, 2011, documentary, 104 min, French with English and Lithuanian subtitles

Fifty years after his assassination, Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, is back to haunt Belgium. Through commemorations and encounters, the top-ranking Belgian civil servant who was in Elisabethville on that tragic day of 17 January 1961 attempts to exorcise the ghosts of the past. To the sound of St John Passion by J.S. Bach, Spectres immerses us into one of the darkest days of the decolonisation of the Belgian Congo. An examination of the biopolitical body, this feature-length film by Sven Augustijnen exposes the fine line separating legitimisation and historiography and the traumatic issue of responsibility and debt.


Spectres won the Public Libraries Prize and GNCR Prize and received a special mention from the jury of the International Competition at FID Marseille (FR).

It won the Prize of the Flemish Community at Festival Filmer à Tout Prix (BE).

About the director:

Sven Augustijnen (born 1970) lives and works in Brussels. His films, publications and installations on political, historical and social themes constantly challenge the genre of documentary, reflecting a wider interest in historiography and a predilection for the nature of storytelling: “Historiography is by no means a natural phenomenon. The way we use stories, images and fiction to construct reality and history fascinates me.”

He has had solo shows at the Kunsthalle Bern; Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels; de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, Malmö Konsthall, Vox Center for Contemporary Image, Montreal, CCS Bard, Anandale-on-Hudson, and participated in group exhibitions in Canada and France.

Sven Augustijnen is represented by Jan Mot gallery (Brussels and Mexico City) and is a founding member of Auguste Orts – production and distribution platform in Brussels.

Book Spectres was published by ASA Publishers as a part of Sven Augustijnen's solo exhibition.

Concept and image – Sven Augustijnen

Production Assistant – Fairuz

Editors: Mathieu Haessler, Sven Augustijnen

Sound: Benoît Bruwier, Jeff Levillain

Music: St. John's Passion by J. S. Bach, performed by La Petite Bande

Main sponsors of KIFF: Lithuanian Film Centre, Kaunas City Municipality, U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Canada Embassy.

Institutional partners: Ebmassy of Portugal in Denmark, Kaunas Culture Centre „Tautos namai“, Kaunas Film Centre „Romuva“, Film Centre „Cinamon“, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas Artists’ House, „Creative Europe“ MEDIA Desk.

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Informative Partners: “Kaunas pilnas kultūros”, LRT Opus, 370 and others.


Duration: 1 hours 45 min.

Door opens before: 20 min.

Persons under 13 years of age are not admitted.

Free entrance for children: NO.

Permission to take photos, record: YES.

Organizer: Visos mūzos, VšĮ.

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