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Daens

Daens

Synopsis

Director

Aalst, Belgium in 1893: in the factories men, women and children work 13 hours a day in atrocious conditions. There is a rising number of fatal accidents. Nette, a younger worker, leads a wildcat strike. She enlistst Father Adolph Daens' help. Daens has an article published on working conditions. It has an explosive effect. With repercussions all the way to Parliament. A Committee of Inquiry is set up despite the opposition of Charles Woeste, President of the Conservative Catholic Party. Woeste organizes a campaign to discredite the Priest: local complicity, Church hierarchy, and the diplomatic offensive led by King Leopold II himself resulting in Pope Leo XIII's repudiation of Father Daens. After a final onslaught by Charles Woeste, Father Daens is obliged to choose between the Priesthood and his political activities. Nette, who had always been at his side, persuades him not to give up but to continue the struggle.

 

Stijn Coninx

Filmography

  • Hector (1987)
  • Koko Flanel (1990)
  • Daens (1992)
  • Waar blijft het licht (When the Light Comes, 1998)
  • Verder dan de maan (Sea of Silence, 2003)
  • Visions of Europe (segment, 2004)
  • To Walk Again (doc, 2007)
  • Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile, 2009)
  • Marina (PÖFF 2013)
  • Ay Ramon! (2015)

Schedule

18.11.2017
21:00 - 23:18
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021403
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Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

In Focus: Flanders

Film info

Countries: Belgium, France, Netherlands
Year: 1992
Duration: 138 minutes
Languages: Flemish, Dutch, French, Latin, Spanish
Director: Stijn Coninx
Producers: Dirk Impens, Jean-Luc Ormières, Maria Peters, Hans Pos, Dave Schram
Writers: François Chevallier, Stijn Coninx
DOP: Walther van den Ende
Montage: Ludo Troch
Composer: Dirk Brossé
Cast: Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje de Boeck, Michael Pas, Karel Baetens
Productions: Dérives Productions, Favourite Films, Shooting Star Filmcompany BV
Festivals: Venice, Chicago, Toronto, Shanghai (Best Actor - Jan Decleir)

Synopsis

Director

Aalst, Belgium in 1893: in the factories men, women and children work 13 hours a day in atrocious conditions. There is a rising number of fatal accidents. Nette, a younger worker, leads a wildcat strike. She enlistst Father Adolph Daens' help. Daens has an article published on working conditions. It has an explosive effect. With repercussions all the way to Parliament. A Committee of Inquiry is set up despite the opposition of Charles Woeste, President of the Conservative Catholic Party. Woeste organizes a campaign to discredite the Priest: local complicity, Church hierarchy, and the diplomatic offensive led by King Leopold II himself resulting in Pope Leo XIII's repudiation of Father Daens. After a final onslaught by Charles Woeste, Father Daens is obliged to choose between the Priesthood and his political activities. Nette, who had always been at his side, persuades him not to give up but to continue the struggle.

 

Stijn Coninx

Filmography

  • Hector (1987)
  • Koko Flanel (1990)
  • Daens (1992)
  • Waar blijft het licht (When the Light Comes, 1998)
  • Verder dan de maan (Sea of Silence, 2003)
  • Visions of Europe (segment, 2004)
  • To Walk Again (doc, 2007)
  • Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile, 2009)
  • Marina (PÖFF 2013)
  • Ay Ramon! (2015)