Anu Pennanen & Stephane Querrec: Staande! Debout! (2013)

A fiction film based on real events about a strike in a Belgian car factory and its consequences.

  • 19.3.2016

Sat 19 Mar 4 pm
Admission with the museum ticket.

When the Renault car manufacturer suddenly threatened to close down its assembly plant and lay off some 3,100 employees, a strike was launched that led to support strikes all over Europe and paralysed Belgium for weeks. After fifteen years, what remains of the solidarity and the struggle? A fiction film based on real events.

Languages: French and Flemish, subtitled in English. Duration 38 minutes.

Anu Pennanen, born 1975 in Kirkkonummi, Finland, is a filmmaker and a visual artist. Pennanen made her film debut in 2003 with short film “A Monument for the invisible ”. The film was screened at the Rotterdam and the Hamburg Film Festivals, gaining international recognition through many screenings all over the world, and has been seen on Finnish TV YLE regularly since then. Her second film “Sõprus – Дружба ” (Friendship) was nominated at the Fairplay Lugano, and has been shown worldwide. In 2006 Pennanen was commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial to make the film “A Day in the office”. In 2011, the film “The ruin of the gaze” received the Golden Cube award in Kasseler Dokumentarfilm Festival Kassel. Pennanen’s work have been screened, among others, at: MOMA, New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, CCA Glasgow, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, CAC Vilnius, Montehermoso Cultural Center Spain, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Manifesta 5 Donostia-San Sebastián Spain.

In 2011 Anu Pennanen teamed up with Stéphane Querrec and co-directed the medium feature film “Staande! Debout!”, which premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2013. Her long feature film “Steppenläufer” is currently in production.

Stéphane Querrec,  screenwriter, director and artist based in Berlin, Germany. Born and raised in France, Querrec graduated from the Fine arts School of Bordeaux in 2005 and was a fellow at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht in 2007.

Over a period of ten years, everything that Querrec did has been the result of making characters that people would play out in front of a camera. He is best known for his short films “Blow” and “Flow”, which gained international recognition and were subject of many screenings and exhibitions: Bonner Kunstverein Germany, Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, Video Vortex Ankara, FRAC Pays de la Loire, MuMok Museum of Modern Art Vienna, bAsis Frankfurt, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin.

Querrec wrote the script of medium feature film “Staande! Debout!”, which premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival in 2013. In 2015 he signed the script of the long feature film “Steppenläufer”.

Aside from working as a screenwriter and filmmaker, Querrec wrote and staged the performance series in progress “With my tongue in your cheek” (2008-11): at Flacc Genk Casino Royale, De Voorkamer Lier, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Pages Tehran. In 2014 Querrec was invited by the city of Rijeka in Croatia to stage a public ongoing performance, “Gossip”, in the context of the Copula Festival.