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Antwerpen Centraal, A Sebald-Inspired Documentary

The Belgium-based film director and producer Peter Krüger has just released a new film called Antwerpen Centraal (Antwerp Central, in English), which draws its inspiration from W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.  According to the film’s website, the documentary uses the grand station as the vehicle for telling the story of three centuries of Belgium and its colonial past through the history of its national railway and Antwerp’s Central Station.  Inspired by Central Station’s location within Antwerp’s diamond  district and next to the city zoo, Krüger says he approaches the station as a “magical realistic location where past and present, history and daily life, fiction and reality are in constant flux.”   In the evocative trailer, there are scenes with zoo animals (a lion and a peacock) within the railway station.  The film has already won the Grand Prize at the International Festival of Films on Art (Montreal) this year and is making the rounds of various other film festivals.  Unfortunately, I can’t find any news about future screenings.

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  1. This film looks very intriguing.
    Love your posts – thank you.

    May 20, 2011
  2. Todd #

    Chicago (Architecture and Design Film Festival) – May 5-9

    May 20, 2011
  3. I’ve been a fan of W G Sebald for a long time, and am grateful for this post about Antwerp Central: my nephew and his girlfriend are going to Belgium shortly, and are delighted to know too.

    May 24, 2011
  4. Thanks for posting this up! What would we do without Vertigo? Don’t know how you find these things! The film looks fascinating, not to mention a technical feat. (Did you see the crew in the cage with the lion on that incredible tiled forecourt?) Intriguing to see that the film makes a link between Sebald and magical realism.

    May 26, 2011
  5. “Did you see the crew in the cage with the lion outside on that incredible tiled forecourt?” (Sorry.)

    May 26, 2011
  6. Interested in your photography-embedded lists… Do you know of any website/lizine that specializes in fiction/photography hybrids?

    Novel photographers – Jack O’Connell’s The Skin Palace –

    Great site…

    May 26, 2011
    • Steve, Thanks for the compliments. I am not aware of any other place to go to further explore fiction/photography hybrids. You’re stuck reading Vertigo

      May 27, 2011
      • steve finbow #

        I am already addicted…

        Not novels but definitely precursors… John Berger & Jean Mohr’s A Fortunate Man and A Seventh Man as photo/lit…

        Vollmann’s massive Imperial…


        May 31, 2011
  7. Frankie from Brussels #

    You will find all the info you need on the actor in credits
    on this site:

    Kind regards

    October 3, 2011

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