In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few columns for the Catholic paper, and soon workers are listening and the powerful are in an uproar. He’s expelled from the Catholic party, so he starts the Christian Democrats and is elected to Parliament. After Rome disciplines him, he must choose between two callings, as priest and as champion of workers. In subplots, a courageous young woman falls in love with a socialist and survives a shop foreman’s rape; children die; prelates play billiards. —IMDb
Stijn Coninx fell into the magic potion pot when he was a kid …
This standard expression is not from yesterday and it is being used very often, whether it is relevant or not. However, it is totally relevant when it comes to describing the life and career of an artist of great stature, and Stijn Coninx undoubtedly can be considered as such in our Belgian audiovisual landscape.
His Lordship Stijn Coninx, the maker of the mythical movie Daens, was born on February 21,1957, in Neerpelt and grew up since childhood in the world of pictures. Being the son of a photographer who was a great fan of Chaplin and Keaton, Stijn Coninx quickly came to like “lively images” and so he started – and completed – studies as a film director at the RITS school in Brussels. In the eighties, the artist fulfilled three great projects of his. The first one, his end of studies film Servais , is a documentary in which the director is making the spectator acquainted in an adult and successful way with… read more