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An experimental documentary. FR/BE/AT/GER 2019

24mins | colour | 16mm 

Premiere: FID Marseille, July 2019

Artist: Tamar Kasparian

Katharina Kastner's experimental short film about a museum of contemporary art in Brussels, VILLA EMPAIN, builds upon concepts of psychogeography and draws a mental map of a space as it goes through time. Shot on s16mm, her observational portrait interacts with 8mm footage from the 1950’s Empain family archive, unearthing a subconscious of the space, as the echoes of the past reverberate in the present and infect our perception and experience of the museum.


Festival invitations & Screenings

FID Marseille, IFFR Rotterdam, VIENNALE, TRUE/FALSE, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Karlovy Vary IFF, Camden IFF, Underdox Munich, Diagonale, Brussels Art Film Festival, Go Shorts Nijmegen, New York Cinematography Awards, French Riviera Film Festival L.A., Lund International Architecture Film Festival, ADAFF Palm Springs, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, 25 Arts Seconde Paris, Ground Art Fest Armenia, Austrian Cultural Forum Bukarest, etc.

Online Premiere



ARGOS Belgium

Related articles

Film Documentaire FR, Filmuforia, ZIGZAG Review, Cinésthesia, MUBI notebook


New York Cinematography Awards 2020 - Best International short doc 



Director: Katharina Kastner

Producer: Nicola S. Sangs I The Moon Embassy

DOP: Ivo Nelis

Sound Design: Hélène Clerc-Denizot

Editor: Olivia Degrez

Colour Grading: Daniel Hollerweger

Thank You

Luc Empain 

Villa Empain / The Boghossian Foundation

Francis Metzger

Daphne Pascual

Pascal Vandelanoitte

Kinshuk Surjan

Heidemarie Garrigue-Guyonnaud


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