King of the Belgians open air screening at Cinemaximiliaan house

Friday April 20 we had high guests at Cinemaximiliaan project house with the film "The King of the Belgians". On their round trip through europe with the next film "The Emperor of Europe", director Jessica Woolworth and Peter Brosens stopped by with the cast of the film. Actors Peter Van den Begin, Bruno Georis and Lucie Debay joined in for the screening. Reza Panahi had prepared a delicious barbecue with help of Ahmed and Hussam, Batul, Soetkin and Anastasia has gathered a large group of people from the asylum centre in Lint and Omar for taking beautiful pictures. The beautiful weather allowed us for the first time to screen the film outdoors on our courtyard in front of the project house. It was a lovely evening with a very interesting debate after the film about travelling by feet to cross national borders and about what one can gain spiritually when being on the road as a fugitive... Thank you all for joining in and see you all soon again.

Slået op af Cinemaximiliaan i Fredag den 20. april 2018

“Egged On by Music” was playing at the MOOOV festival in Turnhout

Sunday 22 April our filmconcert "Egged On by Music" was playing at the MOOOV festival in Turnhout. We gathered a large group of Cinemaximiliaan volunteers and newcomers to come with us on a road trip with the bus. In Turnhout there was a warm welcome of Maarten Alexander and Marc Boonen and the volunteers of the festival. A great performance, and a great afterparty on the bus. Thank you Kevin Gregory Alto and Asia ZolKina to prepare the food and thank you to Emma Heijinkfor organising the trip and of course to all musicians and volunteers and technicians to made this concert happen. Thanks to Al Samarrai Omarand Griet Hendrickx for the photos.

Guest at VDAB in Brussels

Guest at VDAB in Brussels

At 27 april we were the guest at VDAB in Brussels for the closing event AtLevel2work: Talent on the Move. VDAB is supporting us with (BIO) internships. It was a day where we all reflected about our experiences and where we talked about Cinemaximiliaan. We want to thank Gawan & Batul for giving a presentation about our project at the event of VDAB. Thank you Patrick Vercruysse for the invitation!

A little anecdote from Batul who is doing her internship at Cinemaximiliaan:
“It was a great experience that day to give a presentation in Dutch. I’m proud of Cinemaximiliaan and I’m so happy to be able to speak and practice Dutch as an intern at Cinemaximiliaan. This internship is a good opportunity for newcomers to get more skills, selfconfidence and to fit in a new society. It’s all about learning from eachother, building strong relationships and sharing experiences.”

Hungarian filmdirector Béla Tarr arrived in Brussels

The Hungarian filmdirector Béla Tarr arrived in Brussels to spent the week at the Cinemaximiliaan project house helping newcomers to develop their ideas into films. We organised a screening of his masterpiece “Werckmeister Harmonies” at the Cinematek in Brussels, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Then we moved to the Cinemaximiliaan project house for a more private masterclass, where Béla met the participants of the workshop and also the crew of the film project of Rand Abou Fakher. We talked about cinema and life and everyones individual motivation to make films. We had delicious dinner prepared by Abdulrahman Aljassem, Lubnan Al Wzny and Alain Cmx and shared many talks and encounters. The whole week 10 participants will work in the house with Béla shooting small exercises, and meanwhile Rand’s film will be shot here with a bigger crew transforming the whole house in a filmset. Thanks also to Al Samarrai Omar for taking pictures.
Thanks for all the people putting beautiful energy together!

Egged On by music Backstage at Cinemaximiliaan

An audio reportage about the film concert by Cinemaximiliaan - Egged on by Music at Vooruit Ghent on 25th of February at 2.30pm. Thanks to Jordi De Beule and The Audiofiles for taking time and care to give a deeper insight in the project.
Since a year we have been rehearsing with all the musicians to finally come to this original score for the film Egged On. The first rehearsal was one year ago in Globe Aroma. Let's hope for a good outcome of all actions, to keep places safe for people to gather and to create. That this piece of music might build bridges between people, between countries, between communities and between minds and hearts.

Cinemaximiliaan & Béla Tarr present ‘Werckmeister Harmonies’

Cinemaximiliaan & Béla Tarr present 'Werckmeister Harmonies'

Tomorrow 10 April welcome at 2 pm at the Cinematek!
Cinemaximiliaan invites you to this special screening followed by a Q&A with Béla Tarr and Cinemaximiliaan participants.
Location: CINEMATEK - Baron Hortastrat 9, 1000 Brussel.
Time: 10 April 2018 // 2:00pm
Entrance: 4 € // FREE for newcomers and Cinemaximiliaan volunteers.
a film by Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky
Hungary-Italy-Germany-France // 2000 // 35mm // 145 mins.
OV Hungarian-Slovak // ST English
An innocent young man witnesses violence break out after an isolated village is inflamed by the arrival of a circus and its peculiar attractions: a giant whale and a mysterious man named "The Prince."
Béla Tarr Masterclass // Workshop
at Cinemaximiliaan project house, Molenbeek.
The Hungarian film director Béla Tarr is accompanying between april 10 and 15 a group of newcomers of Cinemaximiliaan in the process of making a short film. The shooting takes place in their project house in Molenbeek during the month of April. The final short film will be presented during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts at the same location on 11 and 12 May. Cinemaximiliaan brings films and debates to asylum centres, private homes and cinemas, bridging newcomers with locals in a personal way. The starting point of this project is the newcomers’ desire to share their stories through the medium of a short film.

Masterclass of Bela Tarr in Cinemaximiliaan project house

Masterclass of Bela Tarr in Cinemaximiliaan project house.

Slået op af Cinemaximiliaan i Tirsdag den 10. april 2018

Vlaamse Cultuurprijs voor Cinemaximiliaan

Cinemaximiliaan Project House into a filmset for Rand Abou Fahker

Project House into a filmset

Changing the Cinemaximiliaan Project House into a filmset for Rand Abou Fahker with the assistance of set designer Bas Bonhof and help of Omar, Lubnan, Assad, Angela, Soetkin, Batul, Pauwel, Kinshuk, G&G who help to think and carry and also to those who lend their stuff.

Slået op af Cinemaximiliaan i Fredag den 6. april 2018


We’re looking urgently to borrow classic tables, lamps, chairs, plants, and 80’s & 90’s clothes… for the film set of Rand Abou Fakher in the Cinemaximiliaan project house for the upcoming production between 5 and 15 april.
Following objects are needed:
– classic wooden low table
– classic dressoir / makeup table with mirror
– classic single person sofa / couch
– all kinds of tables
– curtains white half transparent 3m high
– lamps
– a jewellery box
– a typewriter
– a writing desk
– all kinds of indoor plants and herbal plants
Please let us know if you can borrow these or if you could help us finding/getting them.
design by Kinshuk