IT’S BETTER TO LAUGH THAN CRY:
Spotlight on humorous documentaries
from March 12 on Tënk
This week, Tënk shows documentaries under a different light. Director Christine Chevarie (A Delicate Balance, 2018) offers a programming layover dedicated to… laughter! The five films on the program approach reality with a humorous touch. From tender irony to the absurd, these documentaries prove once again the generosity of the spectrum allowed by this cinematic genre. In these gloomy times, what could be better than laughing out loud at reality!
Available from March 12 to May 8, 2021:
●● Silence Radio by Valéry Rosier, 52 min, 2012
A tender and offbeat portrait of a rural region and its inhabitants through its local radio station. Or how a radio managed by volunteers creates a strong and essential social link. Not only do they listen, and laugh, and sing to the tunes they love, they also venture into their past.
●● A Little Family Conversation by Hélène Lapiower, 66 min, 1999
Actress/director Hélène Lapiower filmed her family for 7 years, “her little Jewish world disappearing.” Between Belgium and the United States, in Yiddish, English or French, she gathers the words of a family that bears the terrible weight of history on a daily basis.
●● Une délégation de très haut niveau by Philippe Dutilleul, 50 min, 2000
Is North Korea really the last heaven on earth? The team of “Strip-Tease”, a cult Belgian TV show, wants to find out for sure.
●● Tungrus by Rishi Chandna, 13 min, 2017
In Mumbai, a family considers eating their hell-raising pet rooster, so that they can reclaim their lives.
Shot during the 1997 Formula One World Championship, this film follows the actions of Jacques Villeneuve and the director’s two aunts, his biggest fans.
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