CSS: Belgica (r. Felix van Groeningen- 2016)// dj set Artrax
La COLECTIVA GAZETTE
2 Noiembrie 2017
“Infectious clubbing sequences aside, van Groeningen’s fifth feature is serious enough to roll several parables into a single story. Eschewing overt preachiness, it not only highlights the dangers of rationalising anti-establishment idealism as an excuse for wall-to-wall hedonism but those run by men psychically blocked from growing up. “To everything there is a season” is Van Groeningen’s implicit message to aging 24-hour-party people who should know when to quit.”
The eponymous bar itself is a microcosm of Belgian society ill-prepared to adjust to the stringencies of 21st century entrepreneurship, as was the solar-panel factory workforce in 2014’s Two Days, One Night. That’s not to say Belgica resembles the Dardenne brothers’ gruelling realist drama. As the bar – inspired by Ghent’s legendary Charlatan club – is transformed by Jo (Stef Aerts) and his older brother Frank (Belgian rock star Tom Vermeir) into the city’s hottest nightspot, Van Groeningen conveys kinetically the combined power of a ferocious beat, copious drugs, and sexual energy to endow revellers with transient communal utopianism.”
Inseparable unity of passionate guys since more than 2 years. Duo, followers and deeply impassioned into music, they are inspired by all those many different kind of electronic music and their origins to liven up the night as they will. Also known as Vitamine co-founders, they are used to make long sets and over the years we might say they found a true and unique complicity.
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Artwork: Alexandra Mocan
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