films

FEATURES

2020

Die Siel van die Mier
feature fiction film, in development

written & directed by Johan Grimonprez
based on the play by David van Reybrouck
featuring Josse De Pauw
produced by Emmy Oost for Cassette for Timescapes
& Daan Milius for zap-o-matik
with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
& the Arts Research Fund University College Ghent; KASK/Hogent

2017

| blue orchids |
mid-length, 2017, Belgium, 48 min, color, english 

directed by Johan Grimonprez
exclusive interview with Chris Hedges, courtesy of Shadow World Productions, LLC
director of photography, Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
sound recording, Sarah Dhanens
exclusive interview with Riccardo Privitera, courtesy of Shadow World Productions, LLC
director of photography, Alex Szombath
sound recordin Torston Goddon
additional camera Karel De Cock
original score Karsten Fundal
editing Dieter Diependaele
additonal editing Pedro Collantes de Teran Bayonas, Sabine Groenewegen
production zap-o-matik

2016

Shadow World
feature documentary, USA/Belgium/Denmark, 2016 94 min, color & b/w, english

directed by Johan Grimonprez
written by Andrew Feinstein
produced by Joslyn Barnes for Louverture Films and Anadil Hossain & Driss Benyaklef for Dillywood
co-produced by Emmy Oost for Onomatopee Films
in association with Bertha Foundation, Fork Films, Vital Projects Fund, ITVS, RTBF Television Belge, Britdoc Circle, Danish Film Institute, zap-o-matik
with the support of Sundance Documentary Film Program, Cinereach Vital Projects Fund, Gucci Tribeca Documentary Grant, Tribeca Film Institute Flanders State of the Art

2015

How to rewind your dog
feature fiction film, in development
written & directed by Johan Grimonprez
produced by zap-o-matik

with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Brussels & the MEDIA Programme of the European Union
developed with Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam; North by Northwest writers workshop & EAVE producers workshop 2006
presented at Cinemart 2003, Rotterdam & Berlinale Talent Project Market 2007

2009

Double Take 
feature film essay, Belgium | The Netherlands | Germany, 2009, 80min, color and b&w

written & directed by Johan Grimonprez
fiction story by Tom McCarthy
starring Ron Burrage as Hitchcock double & Mark Perry as Hitchcock soundalike
music by Christian Halten
sound design by Ranko Paukovic
edited by Tyler Hubby & Dieter Diependaele
produced by Emmy Oost for zap-o-matik

co-produced by Hanneke van der Tas & Nicole Gerhards for Nikovantastic Film & Denis Vaslin for Volya Films
with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Brussels; Nederlands Fonds voor de Film, Amsterdam;
Nordmedia Fonds GmBH, Lower Saxony & Bremen; Rotterdam Film Fund, Rotterdam; arte | ZDF Enterprises,
Beeldende Kunst Strombeek/ Mechelen; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
distribution by Soda Pictures, London www.sodapictures.com; Kino Lorber, New York www.kinolorber.com;
Imagine, Brussels www.imaginefilm.be & ED Distribution, Paris www.eddistribution.com
developed with Eurodoc 2007

awards
Grand Prize New Media Film Festival 2010, Los Angeles
Black Pearl Award for Best New Documentary Director, Middle Eastern IFF 2009
Special Mention 9th Era New Horizons IFF 2009, Wroclaw
Special Mention Image Forum Festival 2009, Yokohama

1997

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y
film essay, Belgium | France, 1997, 68min, color and b&w, stereo

written & directed by Johan Grimonprez
original music & sample collage by David Shea
with excerpts from ‘White Noise’ (New York, Viking Adult, 1984 & 1985) & ‘Mao II’ (New York, Scribner, 1991) by Don DeLillo
produced by MNAM, Centre Georges Pompidou & Kunstencentrum STUC Leuven
with the support of Documenta X, Kassel; Klapstuk 97, Leuven; Fundación Provincial de Cultura, Diputación de Cádiz;
The Fascinating Faces of Flanders & the Ministry of the Flemish Community, Brussels
distribution by Facets Multimedia, Chicago www.facets.org, Other Cinema DVD, San Francisco www.othercinemadvd.com &
Image Forum, Tokyo www.imageforum.co.jp

awards

Golden Spire Winner Best Director San Francisco International Film Festival 1998, San Francisco
Director’s Choice Award, The Images Festival 1998, Toronto

 

SHORTS

2018

Two Travellers to a River
short, 2018, Belgium, 1min24, color, arabic

directed by Johan Grimonprez
poem written by  Mahmoud Darwish
read by  Manal Khader
courtesy of Shadow World Productions LLC
director of photography  Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
sound recording Rayan Obeidine
music score Karsten Fundal
produced by Daan Milius for zap-o-matik
co-produced by the Arts Research Fund of University of College Ghent
Poetry extracts by  Mahmoud Darwish:
Two Travellers to a River and Things Would Be Different
(A River Dies of Thirst, Saqi Books 2009)


Three Thoughts on Terror
short, 2018, 5min, color, english

directed by Johan Grimonprez
exclusive interviews with 
Robert Fisk, Jeremy Scahill & Vijay Prashad courtesy Shadow World Productions LLC
director of photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
music score Karsten Fundal
sound recording Rayan Obeidine & Meena Nanji
edited by Sabine Groenewegen
additional camera Johannes De Bruycker
additional editing Pedro Collantes De Teran Bayonas & Karel De Cock
produced by Daan Milius for zap-o-matik
co-produced by the Arts Research Fund of University of College Ghent

2017

Raymond Tallis | on tickling
Short, 2017, Belgium, 8 min, digital video, color & b/w, english

directed by Johan Grimonprez
exclusive interview with Raymond Tallis, courtesy of Shadow World Productions, LLC
director of photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
sound  recording Leke Awoyinka
additional camera Simone Sultana
edited by Sabine Groenewegen, Pedro Collantes De Teran Bayonas
produced by Daan Milius for zap-0-matik, de Chinezen for 4×7, CANVAS;
co-produced by the Arts Research Fund, University College Ghent; KASK/Hogent
with the support of: Flanders State of the Art

2016

every day words disappear
Short, 2016, Belgium, digital video, 15 min, color & b/w, english/French

Directed by Johan Grimonprez
exclusive interview with Michael Hardt, courtesy of Shadow World Productions, LLC
director of photography Nicole Mackinlay Hahn
sound  recording Andrew Brzozowski
editing Sabine Groenewegen
production, zap-0-matik
co-production, Museumcultuur Strombeek / Gent, Contour 7
with the support of Flanders State of the Art; Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie


Kiss-o-drome
Short, 2016, USA, Denmark, Belgium, 1min, black & white, Spanish

fragment from Shadow World
a co-production of Dillywood, Louverture Films, Final Cut For Real, Onomatopee Films & ITVS
story written & read by Eduardo Galeano
directed by Johan Grimonprez
edited by Pedro Collantes de Teran Bayonas
music Manha De Carnival
performed by Astrud Gilberto
written by Luiz Bonfa, Antonio Maria Chappell & Co
archival material Universal Newsreel
licensed from Getty Images

2015

from SATIN ISLAND
Short, UK-Belgium, digital video, 3min, color, english

directed by Johan Grimonprez
written & narrated by Tom McCarthy
produced by Sabine Groenewegen for zap-o-matik
excerpt from Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
published by Alfred Knopf & Jonathan Cape
music All Quiet in the Valley by Lights out Asia courtesy of n5MD

2013

What I Will
Short, 2013, US-Belgium, digital video, 1min, color, english 

directed by Johan Grimonprez
written & narrated by  Suheir Hammad
edited by Pedro Collantes & Sarah D’Hanens
conceived for Shadow World
a co-production of Dillywood, Louverture Films, Final Cut For Real, Onomatopee Films & ITVS

2011

…because Superglue is forever
work version of How to rewind your dog, in development with zap-o-matik
short, Belgium, 2011, 12min19, color

written & directed by Johan Grimonprez
starring Raquel Startz & McKenna LeVasseur-Tripp
cinematography by Michal Dabal
sound by Noel Lawrence & Jordan McSpadden
casting by Karina Pyudik
edited by Pedro Collantes
assistant editing by Sarah D’hanens
production Los Angeles Karina Pyudik
production Belgium Emmy Oost
production manager Belgium Julie De Rouck
produced by zap-o-matik
in association with Ortus Films International
with the support of S.M.A.K., Ghent; the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Brussels; ltd, Los Angeles


I may have lost forever my umbrella
short, Belgium, 2011, 2min54, portuguese, color

directed by Johan Grimonprez
passages from ‘O livro do Desassossego’ by Fernando Pessoa aka Bernardo Soares (Lisbon, Ática, 1982)
narrated by Isabel Sobral Campos
edited by Noel Lawrence
conceived by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin for ALIAS, Photomonth Krakow 2011
produced by Jacqui Davies & zap-o-matik
curated by Jacqui Davies & Mike Stubbs for Random Acts, Channel 4

2010

YouTube Me and I Tube You
On Zapping, Close Encounters and the Commercial Break
2-channel interactive installation & web project www.zapomatik.com, Belgium, 2010–today

curated by Johan Grimonprez
in association with Charlotte Léouzon
for ‘Are You Ready for TV?’, MACBA, Barcelona & Blaffer Art Museum, Houston
design & flash by Bruno Ricard & Suzan Ting
code & database by JohnLouis Petitbon
update by Shosho, Rotterdam
filmcomponent edited by Sarah D’hanens
produced by zap-o-matik
with the support of the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Oldenburg & the Flemish Ministry of Culture


Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button: Interview with Karen Black by Johan Grimonprez 

audio installation, US | Belgium, 2009, 18min, english

interview by Johan Grimonprez
recording by Tyler Hubby & Cole Akers
edited by Sarah D’hanens
produced by zap-o-matik
in co-production with The Hammer Museum Residence, Los Angeles

2006

Manipulators: Maybe the sky is really green and we’re just colorblind
French Version: Le ciel est peut-être vert et nous daltoniens
YouTube-o-theque, France | Belgium, 2006–2009

curated by Johan Grimonprez & Charlotte Léouzon for Zoo Logical Garden, Ghent; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich;
Le Plateau, Paris; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm; Machine Project, Los Angeles; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburg
produced by zap-o-matik & Passion Pictures

2005

The Hitchcock Castings, London, June 2005
UK | Belgium, 2005, 11 min, color

directed by Johan Grimonprez
concept by Johan Grimonprez & Daragh Reeves
Hitchcock doubles: David Adler, John Barrett, Ron Burrage, Simon Fischer-Becker,
Stephen Guy Daltry, Peter Mair, Bill Moody, Richard Rycroft, Frank Scantori & Roger Swaine
casting by Chloe Emmerson
cinematography by Bevis Bowden & Daragh Reeves
edited by Nicolas Bacou
produced by zap-o-matik
in co-production with Film & Video Umbrella
in association with anna sanders films, Paris; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels & The Photographers’ Gallery, London
with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Brussels; Arts Council England; the French Ministry of Culture & Communication; Image/mouvement, Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris


Bed

interactive installation, Belgium, 2005

directed by Johan Grimonprez
produced by zap-o-matik
design by Fisheye, Stijn Slabbinck


Ron Burrage, Hitchcock Double 

video, UK | Belgium, 2005, 1min, color

directed by Johan Grimonprez
produced by the Video Art Foundation
in co-production with zap-o-matik


Looking for Alfred 

short film and installation, Belgium | UK | France, 2005, 10min, color

directed by Johan Grimonprez
Hitchcock doubles: Ron Burrage, Erik Grimonprez, Bruce Ho, Zale Kessler & Roger Swaine
Hitchcock soundalike: Mark Perry
Tippi Hedren double: Delfine Bafort
cinematography by Martin Testar
soundscape by Dominique Pauwels
edited by Nicolas Bacou
produced by zap-o-matik
in co-production with Film & Video Umbrella
in association with anna sanders films, Paris; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels & The Photographers’ Gallery, London
with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), the Flemish Ministry of Culture, Brussels;
Image/mouvement, Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris
with additional support from Deitch Projects, New York; Riksutstillinger | The National Touring Exhibitions Norway;
Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York; Media Space Inc., New York; Victoria, Gent; Productiehuis Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Schouwburg)

awards
International Media Award 2005, Center for Art and Media ZKM, Karlsruhe, SWR Südwestrundfunk, arte, Swiss DRS

European Media Award 2006, EMAF European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
Spirit Award, Brooklyn International Film Festival 2006, New York

2000

Maybe the sky is really green and we’re just colorblind
video lounge, Belgium, 2000–2002

curated for S.M.A.K., Ghent; Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London; Deitch Projects, New York; MIT List Visual Arts Center,
Cambridge, Boston; Nicolai Wallner Galleri, Copenhagen; Impakt & Flatland Gallery, Utrecht; Erna Hecey Gallery, Luxembourg;
Centro Galego Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles
produced by zap-o-matik

1999

LOST NATION, January 1999
short, US | Belgium, 1999, 18min

directed by Johan Grimonprez
commissioned & produced by Gojim 5.1
for the colloquium The Past as Instrument by Herman Asselberghs & Dieter Lesage, as part of ‘Lost Nation, a library’
in association with zap-o-matik
edited by JohnLouis Petitbon
‘The Couger Marching Band’ directed by David Jr. Law & Dianna Heddinger
‘Welcome to Lost Nation’ by Jim Schroeder, Mayor of Lost Nation, Iowa

1997

Dorothy doesn’t live here anymore…
Inflight video lounge, Belgium | The Netherlands | Germany, 1997–2001

curated by Johan Grimonprez for S.M.A.K., Ghent; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston; The Kitchen, New York; Center for
Art and Media ZKM, Karlsruhe; Centro Galego Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela; Gallery 227, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht; & Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London; Deitch Projects, New York
produced by zap-o-matik
in co-production with Büro Friedrich, Berlin

1994

Beware! In playing the phantom you become one
French Version: Prends garde! A jouer au fantome, on le devient
videolibrary, Belgium | France | Germany, 1994–1998

curated by Johan Grimonprez & Herman Asselberghs for Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Documenta X, Kassel;
De Vereniging van het Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent; Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine, Saint-Gervais Geneva &
De Beursschouwburg, Brussels

It will be all right if you come again, only next time don’t bring any gear, except a tea kettle…
5-channel video installation, Belgium, 1994–2003

directed by Johan Grimonprez
produced by Johan Grimonprez & zap-o-matik
in co-production with Les Expositions du Palais des Beaux-Arts / Tentoonstellingen van het Paleis voor Schone Kunsten (Brussels)
restored within the Argos preservation programme, facilitated by The Little Archives of the World, Amsterdam

1993

Smell the flowers while you can
video, Belgium, 1993, 3min

directed by Johan Grimonprez
in collaboration with Meg Stuart based on ‘No longer Readymade’
performed by Benoît Lachambre & Meg Stuart
music by Hahn Rowe
with excerpts from ‘Close To The Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration’ (New York, Vintage, 1991) by David Wojnarowicz
produced by Ziggurat, Belgian TV BRT / TV1 for ‘Besmette Stad’

Besmette Stad
TV broadcast, Belgium, 1993, 18min, restored in 2007

directed by Johan Grimonprez
with Paul Garrin, Meg Stuart, Alison Murray & Pascal Baes
produced by Ziggurat, Belgian TV BRT / TV1
with the support of Jan van Eyck Academy

01. Video-Guerrilleros
fragment from ‘Man with a Video Camera’ by Paul Garrin, 2min
Topic II by Pascal Baes, fragment 1

02. Smell the flowers while you can
based on ‘No Longer Readymade’ by Meg Stuart, 3min
directed by Johan Grimonprez
performed by Benoît Lachambre & Meg Stuart
with excerpts from ‘Close to the Knives: A Memoir of Disintegration’ (Vintage, 1991) by David Wojnarowicz
music by Hahn Rowe
voice by Michael Sears
camera by Carlos Akwaaka Mullins
edited by Rachel Lamisse
Topic II by Pascal Baes, fragment 2

03. Comment filmer Molenbeek?
Super-8 workshop in Molenbeek by Ciska Lambrechts
directed by Johan Grimonprez
films by workshop participants
Topic II by Pascal Baes, fragment 3

04. ‘s Dinsdags…
compilation from ‘Kissy Suzuki Suck’ by Alison Murray, 3min


Well, you can’t go to California, that’s the first place they’ll look for you

video, US | Belgium, 1993, 7min, in restauration

directed by Johan Grimonprez
produced by Johan Grimonprez & the School of Visual Arts, New York
with excerpts from ‘Chapel Road’ by Louis Paul Boon (New York, Hippocrene Books, 1972)
translated from ‘Kapellekensbaan’ by Louis Paul Boon (Amsterdam, De Arbeiderspers, 1953)

1992

Kobarweng or Where is Your Helicopter? 
video, US | Belgium, 1992, 25min, color and b&w, stereo

written, produced & directed by Johan Grimonprez
with the support of the School of Visual Arts, New York
based on research in the village of Pepera, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, 1986-87
Filmfootage ‘Kiwiroktour 1957-59’ by Derk Jan Dragt

1990

Nimdol June 18, 1959 – Nimdol July 6, 1987 
video, Belgium, 1990, 16min

directed by Johan Grimonprez
produced by Kunstencentrum STUK Leuven