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VANDEWEERD: FILMING THE INVISIBLE

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MUBI presents a new series devoted to a bold ethnographer working today: Pierre-Yves Vanderweerd. The films of this Belgian filmmaker are notable first in who they document, as they seek to express something essential in the existences of peoples and places rarely visited by film and television. Shooting mostly in gorgeous painterly Super 8 and 16mm film, Vanderweerd evokes rarely seen aspects of Mauritania, the dividing line between the Moroccan army and the Liberation Front of Western Sahara, the least populated region in France, and the Armenian-Azersis conflict in the Caucasus. Just as important as these often unheralded regions of human survival is that Vanderweerd approaches documentary filmmaking not as a tool to deliver facts to the audience, but as a poetic instrument with which to call forth the sensations—tactile, bodily, earthy, existential—that both surround and come from within his subjects. His are thus documentaries that you truly feel, where empathy, spirituality, and understanding comes from a shared communication of experience. MUBI is proud to include in this double bill the online premiere of the director’s latest feature, The Eternals.

The Eternals

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd Belgium, 2017

As the second part of our Pierre-Yves Vanderweerd double bill, we’re proud to present the online premiere of the poetic documentarian’s latest feature, The Eternals. A truly devotional experience, it beautifully, movingly captures the condition of those stranded in a conflict forgotten by most.

Lost Land

Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd France, 2011

MUBI is proud to introduce an exciting and unique voice in new documentary cinema, Pierre-Yves Vanderweerd. This Belgian filmmaker departs from staid convention and boldly embraces the poetic and sensorial possibilities of evoking the lives of lost peoples, their outer landscapes and inner beings.

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