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.