Thursday 21 november 2019 – 20:30 KASKcinema Godshuizenlaan 4, 9000 Gent
From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, Belgian theatre director, author and actor Jan Decorte (1950) made two feature films and a few television documentaries for Belgian public broadcasting. For its fifth Seuls film night on Thursday 21 November 2019, Sabzian will show Decorte’s second feature film, a film adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. At the centre of the play by the Norwegian playwright are the Tesmans, who have just returned from a long honeymoon. The woman, Hedda, is pregnant and will be courted by the writer Eljert Lövbor, an old lover who is about to break through with an extraordinary book. Purposeless and disappointed by her marriage, Hedda has doubts about life and struggles with depression, emptiness and disillusion.
As in his first film Pierre – which shows us an adult man still living with his old widowed mother – Decorte’s cinema is characterized by cinematic soberness and dedramatized theatricality, similar to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s early films.
“It’s a sort of acrobatic distance here in Hedda Gabler, the suspense bating your breath (the acting is wonderful!) until it should be released into laughter. There’s a spluttering retelling of a wildly unlikely story, a kooky imitation of melodramatic conflicts, a travesty of critical unriddling, offering this extremely slow, calm countercurrent full of rapids and waterfalls. ” – Dirk Lauwaert
With a short introduction by and an extensive conversation with Jan Decorte after the screening.
More info: www.sabzian.be/event/seuls-hedda-gabler
Date: 21/11/2019 | 20:30
Location: KASKcinema, Godshuizenlaan 4, 9000 Ghent
Tickets: € 5 / € 3