In "The Wave" (2012), a short film by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire, the archaeological gaze of the viewer is set in motion: a mass grave from the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) opens and closes itself.
Belgian Premiere: Thursday, October 11th at 8pm – Vooruit/Almost Cinema, Ghent
A panel discussion (in English) will follow the screening. Moderated by Sven Tuytens, VRT-correspondent in Madrid, the participants will include historian Lore Colaert, Emilio Silva (founder of the Association for the Recovery of Historical memory), archaeologist René Pacheco, and filmmaker Sarah Vanagt.
In 2011, the Belgian filmmakers placed a camera above the spot where nine victims were buried after their execution by Franco's supporters in June 1939. On day one of the excavation, a digging crane gently loosened the top layer of soil, until the archaeologists came across a skull with a bullet hole.
Then they continued their work by hand. The skeletons appeared, then disappeared, as if a strong wind blew that removed the sand and uncovered death, a primal truth.
Directors: Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire
Camera: Katrien Vermeire
Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Sound Design: Larry Sider & Gary Sanctuary
Produced by Balthasar
Coproduced by Michigan Films, Brussels
With support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Beursschouwburg Brussels, Vooruit Gent, Transat Video (Caen, FR)
World Premiere: Biennale of Sydney, June - September 2012
European Premiere: International Film Festival Locarno, August 2012