Synopsis:
Antwerp Central takes the viewer on a journey through the physical and mental space of Antwerp’s railway cathedral, from its construction to the present day. The film covers three centuries of Belgian railway history: from the moment that the national railway company laid its first tracks to the development of the high-speed rail link in the 21st century. Echoes of Belgium’s colonial past and the location of the station in the centre of the bustling diamond district and next to the city zoo add a surreal touch as contrasting pairs, such as animal and human, nature and industry, baroque and modernity, dilapidation and renovation are complexly juxtaposed. Drawing inspiration from the book “Austerlitz” by W.G. Sebald, screenwriter/director Peter Krüger approaches Antwerp Central Railway Station as a magical realistic location where present and past, history and daily life, fiction and reality are in constant flux.
Recent selection(s):
FIFA - Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons (Mons)
Recent award(s):
FIFA - Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons (Mons)
Director's filmography:
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 15 : Les thermes de Karlovy, Vary, Tchéquie (2003 - Short)
- Kaléidoscope - Episode 22 : Le monastère de Benediktbeuern, Bavière, Allemagne (2004 - Short)
- Anvers Central (2011 - Feature)
- N (2014 - Feature)
- N - The madness of reason (2014 - Feature)
Web:
http://www.antwerpcentral.be
Type:
Feature
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2011
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
93'
Production:
Sophimages
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