Kortfilm.be Selects

Kortfilm.be Selects

at Brussels Short Film Festival 2023

Autobiographical Scene Number 6882 (Ruben Östlund, 2005)

During the 26th edition of Brussels Short Film Festival, the editorial team of Kortfilm.be will present its favourite films from the entire festival programme. Join us on the last day of the festival to discover what you've missed!

In addition to the three major competition blocks (for international, national and student films), the Brussels Short Film Festival also offers numerous thematic programmes, such as a focus on Sweden and films by Iranian female filmmakers.

Kortfilm.be hand-picked five must-see films from that vast selection and will show them together in a one-time-only screening. Part of the line-up is Ours, Morgane Frund's fascinating and thought-provoking graduation film, in which the filmmaker starts editing amateur footage of a bear observer but gradually shifts her focus towards his gaze. Another nature documentary is the remarkable Haulout, which travelled to almost every film festival in the world last year. Those who know nothing about it are better off keeping it that way. Observing animals does not get any more exciting than this.

Kicking off the selection, however, is an early short film by double Golden Palm winner Ruben Östlund. Autobiographical Scene Number 6882 is a tentative blueprint of some of the themes the Swedish auteur also deploys in his later work, such as ego and toxic masculinity. Another Swedish film, on the other hand, explores the boundaries of femininity and the female body: Thrust swings on the verge of documentary, fiction and music video.

Last but not least, Belgian filmmakers Theo Degen and Charlotte Muller beautifully depict a youth romance and a tender tale about ghosts and summer feels in Alice et les soleils.

Presented (in English) by Florian Saerens.

Tickets can be purchased at Flagey during the course of the festival, which starts on April 26th. It's not possible to book online.

In collaboration with Brussels Short Film Festival.

Brussels Short Film Festival



Autobiographical Scene Number 6882 (Ruben Östlund, 2005)
Autobiographical Scene Number 6882
Ruben Östlund, Sweden, 2005, 8’

A 30-years old man is celebrating Midsummer’s eve together with friends on the west coast of Sweden. He makes his friends come and watch as he is going to jump into the sea from a very high bridge.

Haulout (Maxim Arbugaev, Evgenia Arbugaeva, 2022)
Maxim Arbugaev, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Russia, United Kingdom, 2022, 25’

On a remote coast of the Russian Arctic in a wind-battered hut, a lonely man waits to witness an ancient gathering. But warming seas and rising temperatures bring an unexpected change, and he soon finds himself overwhelmed.

Alice et les soleils (Théo Degen, Charlotte Muller, 2022)
Alice et les soleils
Théo Degen, Charlotte Muller, Belgium, 2022, 24’

It was summer. Alice was on holiday at Lake Geneva, she was bored. One day, by chance, she met Zack in the sunflower field. Today, summer is over. Before dying, the sunflowers tell the story of this invisible love.

Ours (Morgane Frund, 2022)
Morgane Frund, Switzerland, 2022, 20’

An amateur filmmaker meets the film student who is supposed to edit his material, the focus of which is allegedly bears. A debate arises about the power of the voyeuristic gaze.

Thrust (Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira, 2018)
Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira, Sweden, 2018, 14’

Juck is a dance group that made its breakthrough in a 2013 viral video, where they pushed the limits of how the female body is allowed to express itself and make a statement. Since then they have ‘humped’ all over the world. A film that swings between documentary, dance and fiction asks the question, “What is femininity?”.