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Belgian film pioneer Emile Degelin died

Director: Emile Degelin is Saturday at the age of 90 died. That happened at home in Kessel-Lo, near Leuven. His daughter Muriel has Sunday the death reported.

Degelin (middle) on the set together with a cameraman (left) and his wife and director’s assistant Angela Schlottke (right) © Emile Degelin

Emile Degelin became known primarily as a film and television director. He is considered one of the pioneers of Belgian cinema. He stood at the forefront of the in 1952, a established film departement of the national Institute for Theatre and Cultuurspreidingstechnieken (RITCS) in Brussels. From 1982 to 1991 he was a teacher at Studio Herman Teirlinck in Antwerp.

© Emile Degelin

The in Diest born Degelin made short films, documentaries and feature films. ‘Emile Degelin must be just about the most forgotten Flemish film director of all time’, we wrote about him in our recent special around the Festival of Cannes. “Who ever ¿Y mañana? (1966) or Palaver (1968) saw, almost anything with the dvd restorations of that without dialogue the movies have had.’

Degelins first full-length film Si le vent te fait peur worked properly and was selected for Cannes. Later passags in Berlin (1961, Silver Bear for Sirens), Moscow (1969, with Palaver) and Venice (1968, also with Palaver).

He worked together with composers from the contemporary avant-gardescene as Luciano Berio and Henri Pousseur. His films provided by their subject and form for controversy. With his last film The eyewitness, he won the audience award at the Filmfestival of Ghent. In 2009, Cinematek, a double-dvd from around his oeuvre.

Degelin was also an author. He wrote eight novels. His first work, The liberation won in 1982 the Debuutprijs.In 2006 he published his latest novel, Waiting for Elena.

Also read:From Storck to Schoenaerts: 70 year Flemish film in Cannes

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