Film Studies at UBC - Conferences
Film Symposium on Migration, Multiculturalism and Misunderstandings - 2010
Join us for a screening and discussion of two controversial European films about the chances and challenges of demographic changes in society.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (Cancelled)
2.00 till 5.30 pm in the Royal Bank Cinema at the Chan Centre, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC, Room 290.
FREE, but due to limited seating, please reserve a seat by calling 604.822.2697.
The symposium includes a free screening of Jan Verheyen’s Belgian hilarious comedy “Cut Loose!” Following this is a short Q&A session via Skype with producer Peter Bouckaert. Finally, watch the trailer of the award winning German drama “When We Leave,” followed by a panel discussion with director Feo Aladag, Dr. Mark Harris and Dr. Peter Lester of UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film, and PhD candidate Conrad King of UBC’s Institute for European Studies, moderated by Katja De Bock.
WHEN WE LEAVE is Feo Aladag’s cinema debut as producer, scriptwriter and director.
Born in 1972 in Vienna, Feo Aladag studied acting in Vienna and London and also completed studies in communication sciences and psychology at the University of Vienna, graduating in 2000 with a Dr. phil. Between 1991 to 1993 Feo Aladag worked as a freelance editor for daily newspapers in Austria, writing mainly about film and TV. Till 2000 she took part in numerous video clips and commercials, already more and more behind the camera.
Since 1998 Feo Aladag has written several scripts for television, including the Tatort episodes “Mutterliebe“ (2003) and “Erfroren” (2005), some of them together with director Züli Aladag.
Following her experiences in directorial master classes at the European Film Academy with directors like Michael Radford and Mike Figgis, she started studying in directing at the dffb
(Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie) in 2004. Feo Aladag still stayed very close to her acting career as well. Some examples of her work as an actress include series such as “Tatort” or TV- movies in Germany and the U.K., but especially feature films like LUCY (2005) directed by Henner Winkler or MEINE SCHÖNE BESCHERUNG (2007) directed by Vanessa Jopp.
In 2005 Feo Aladag and Züli Aladag jointly founded the film production company Independent Artists Filmproduktion, based in Berlin. WHEN WE LEAVE is Independent Artists Filmproduktion’s first cinema feature film.
Peter Bouckaert was deputy director of the Flanders International Film Festival for 10 years before joining Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, Belgian’s leading film production company in 2000. He produced a series of 10 documentaries about Flemish cinema history and a medium length film directed by Stijn Coninx. He was involved in the financing and marketing of “The Alzheimer Case” (aka “The Memory of a Killer) by Erik van Looy, “The Wedding Party” by Dominique Deruddere, “Winky’s Horse” by Mischa Kamp, “Blind” by Tamar van den Dop and “Storm Force” by Hans Herbots. In 2006 Peter coproduced “Where is Winky’s Horse” by Mischa Kamp and produced “Ben X”, Nic Balthaar’s debut feature film, which won the 3 main prizes at Montréal World Film Festival, took The Black Pearl Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film at the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi, “The Red Star Award for most innovative film” at Palm Springs USA and “Directors’ and Audience’ Choice Awards for best Foreign Film at the Sedona Festival, USA. BEN X was sold to over 45 countries including France, Germany, The UK, Italy, Spain and US. In 2007 Peter produced CUT LOOSE (based on a novel by Tom Naegels, directed by Jan Verheyen), which won the Best Film and Best Script award at the Cairo Film Festival in 2008. In 2009 he produced OLD BELGIUM (directed by Indra Siera) and THE K FILE (directed by Jan Verheyen) and co-produced SOEUR SOURIRE (Belgian-French film, directed by Stijn Conicx, starring Cécile de France). He is currently in postproduction for CRAZY ABOUT YA (directed by Jan Verheyen), BEEFHEAD (first film by Michaël Roskam) and in preproduction of SWOONI (first film by Kaat Beels). TEAM MARIO, the second film by Nic Balthazar, is currently in financing stage. Peter is president of the Flanders Film Producers Association since 2006.
Katja De Bock
Born in Flanders, Belgium, Katja De Bock has an MA in English and German Philology. She lived in Germany for almost two decades, working in the local film and television industry. From 1999 till 2009 she was a Commissioning Editor and Executive Producer at WDR, Germany’s largest public broadcaster, based in Cologne. Katja successfully co-produced highly rated and awarded TV-Movies, Series and Theatrical Films like e. g. “Tatort Koeln”, “Goodbye, Lenin!”, “Contergan / Side Effects” and “When we Leave”. In Vancouver, Katja is an enthusiastic volunteer for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) and the Pacific Cinématèque. Her work as a researcher and online editor for AhornTV, Omni Television’s new German language program, combines Katja’s greatest passions: Film, Television and Germanic languages.
Mark Harris has a PhD from the University of British Columbia. He has published approximately 3,000 critical articles in more than 50 publications. He is the senior film critic for the Vancouver weekly cultural review The Georgia Straight. He is also a poet, translator, and prize-winning playwright. He is a regularly invited to speak at cultural events and symposia across the province of BC. He is currently working on a project that explores the use of translation, subtitling, and dubbing in cinema. He is a sessional lecturer in the UBC Film Studies degree programs.
Conrad King is a PhD candidate in the political science department at UBC, conducting research on education and the state within the European Union. Conrad completed his M.A. from the Institute for European Studies (UBC, 2008), having received Bachelors degrees in History (Toronto, 2003) and Education (SFU, 2005). Conrad has taught in Canada and Europe, as well as published on higher education reform, teacher training, and social inclusion in the EU.
Peter Lester holds a Ph.D. from Concordia University. His main area of research deals with exhibition studies and the history of film technologies. Other research interests include popular culture, genre studies, Canadian cinema as well as taste distinctions and hierarchies. He has recently published articles and book chapters on the history of 16mm film in Canada. He is currently adapting his Ph.D. dissertation into a book entitled Itinerant Images: Mobility and the Movies in Canada. He is a currently a UBC Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Film Studies program.
Watch Feo Aladag’s award winning German drama “When We Leave” at the Vancouver International Film Festival on: Monday, October 4 at 6 pm and Tuesday, October 5 at 3:30 pm
The screenings are co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto and VIFF.