The Gene Siskel Film Center presents programming in the spirit of the Black Harvest Film Festival all year long!
N: THE MADNESS OF REASON
2014, Peter Krüger, Belgium/Netherlands, 102 min.
“Part-installation work, part-ghost story; a shrewd and personal dialogue about Africa’s colonial past.”
— Patrick Gamble, CineVue
“Brilliantly articulated…a luxurious and languorous visual style…reminiscent of Terrence Malick during his finest indulgences.”
— Robert Munro, Eye for Film
Mesmerizing and eerie, N: THE MADNESS OF REASON takes a ghost’s journey through the African landscape as the spirit of French expatriate anthropologist Raymond Borremans revisits his beloved Ivory Coast, where the cultural encyclopedia that was his life’s work remains unfinished at N. Director Krüger seamlessly weaves fact, fiction, and poetic fantasy for a haunting look at colonial and post-colonial Africa in all its beauty, horror, and contradictions. In French with English subtitles. Special Advance screening courtesy of Wide Management. DCP digital. (BS)
2014, Pieter Van Hees, Belgium, 97 min.
— Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
“Weaves a subtle spell.”
— Nicholas Bell, IonCinema
A high-strung Brussels cop has his world thrown out of orbit when the timing of a troubling murder investigation coincides with his partner’s unplanned pregnancy. Director Van Hees (LEFT BANK) evokes raw reminders of Europe’s colonial past and infuses this neo-noir with suggestions of the supernatural when the death of a teenaged Congolese immigrant draws Leo (Renier, of the Dardennes’ THE CHILD) into the underground trade in African idols and a forbidden relationship with the dead man’s sister. In Flemish and French with English subtitles. Special advance screening courtesy of Be For Films. DCP digital. (BS)