Matthias De Groof

Sous le masque blanc: le film qu’Haesaerts aurait pu réaliser
Under the White Mask: The Film That Haesaerts Could Have Made
Belgium 2020

Video installation, 9 min. Lingala.

Under The White Mask. The film that Haesaerts could have made is a film that uses fragments from Under The Black Mask, an 1958 art film by the Belgian artist Paul Haesaerts. This new piece imagines what the masks would have said. Aimé Césaire’s “Discourse on Colonialism” is spoken in Lingala for the first time. His words still form a confrontational mirror for Europe. In an attempt at reparation, the film limits itself to images, texts and music already available to Haesaerts.

Matthias De Groof, born in 1981 in Brussels, Belgium, is a philosopher, film scholar, and filmmaker.

Production Daniel De Valck. Production company Cobra Films (Brüssel, Belgium). Director Matthias De Groof. Screenplay Aimé Césaire. Cinematography Paul Haesaerts. Editing Neel Cockx. Music Sun Ra. Sound design Neel Cockx. Sound Matthias De Groof. With Maravilha Munto (voice).

Films

2008: ôtre k’ôtre (with Kristin Rogghe, video installation), A la mode des ancêtres (video installation), Jerusalem, the Adulterous Wife (8 min.). 2010: Lobi (Hier / Demain (with Kristin Rogghe, Pierre Kigoma, Mekhar Azari, Tocha Zaventen, Amourabinto Lukoji, Rek Kandol, Eric Biansueki, Androa Mindre, 35 min.). 2012: Ceci n’est pas un documentaire sur Louvain-la-Neuve (14 min.). 2018: Lobi Kuna (avant-hier / après-demain (45 min.), Diorama (35 min.). 2019: Palimpsest of the Africa Museum (69 min.). 2020: Sous le masque blanc: le film qu’Haesaerts aurait pu réaliser / Under the white mask: The film that Haesaerts could have made.

Photo: © Matthias De Groof