Performances 2023

Performances 2023

Alain Platel & Mirjam Devriendt / Cassette for timescapes (BE)
Why We Fight?

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“When we’re out of words, the body takes over.” The film is inspired by the performance Nicht Schlafen from 2016. Among other things, it questions why there is so much senseless and random violence in the world which led to heated internal discussions. The film combines found footage and visual material from all over the world with the vision of three dancers – based on personal experiences, Bérengère Bodin, Samir M’Kirech and TK Russell look for the why of violence around them, but also of the violence inside them. Is it at all possible to act in a non-violent way? Or is that privilege reserved for those who create dance, music, art or words and poetry?

Austrian Premiere in presence of Alain Platel

Duration: 98 Min

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Price in pre-sale: 6 Euro / reduced: 5 Euro
Price at the evening box office of the Austrian Film Museum: 10.50 Euro / reduced: 9.50 Euro

In Flemish, French and English with English subtitles.
This film contains explicit content. Recommended from the age of 16.
25.7.2023, 20:30
Österreichisches Filmmuseum
sold out
© Cassette for timescapes
© Cassette for timescapes
© Cassette for timescapes


Writers-Directors: Alain Platel and Mirjam Devriendt
Inspired by: the dance performance Nicht Schlafen by Alain Platel
Editor: Dieter Diependaele
Director of Photography: Mirjam Devriendt
Sound: Jean-François Levillain
Composer: Steven Prengels
Producers: Emmy Oost, Magalie Dierick
Coproducers: Christian Beetz, Tuan Lam
Production Companies: Cassette for timescapes, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion,
Onomatopee Films

In Coproduction with: ZDF in association with ARTE, VRT Canvas, RTBF Télévision
belge – Unité Documentaire
Partners: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de
la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Creative Europe MEDIA of the European Union,
The Pascal Decroos Fund, City of Ghent, Culture Ghent, The Tax Shelter of the
Belgian federal government via Flanders Tax Shelter, The Corona Emergency Fund
of the Flanders Government