Het geluk van honden

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Het geluk van honden
Een aantal honden wordt getraind tot patrouillehond. Hun baasjes leren hen de choreografieën van het politiewerk. Bijten en loslaten, volgen en blijven, steeds op het teken van hun meester. Hun blik verlangend naar boven gericht, lijken de honden innig verbonden met hun baasje. Ze zijn getemd en gedomesticeerd; hun leven wordt geregisseerd door mensen. Tegelijk blijven ze altijd de ongrijpbare ander. Er gaapt een kloof tussen mensen en dieren, en vanaf de andere zijde kijken deze honden ons aan.

A Dog’s Luck
Several dogs are being trained as patrol dogs. Their owners teach them the choreographies of police work: biting and letting go, following and staying, always on their owner’s command. Longingly gazing upwards, the dogs seem intimately connected with their owners. They are tamed and domesticated; their life is directed by humans. At the same time they are always the elusive other. A gap divides humans and animals, and from the other side these dogs see us.

Le bonheur des chiens
Quelques chiens sont entraînée de devenir chien de patrouille. Leur maîtres les apprend les choreographies du travail de policier. Mordre et lâcher, suivre et rester, toujours sur le signe de leur maître. Leur regard toujours dirigé en haut, les chiens semblent être intimement liée á leur maître. Ils sont apprivoisé et domestiqué; leur vie est dirigé par des hommes. A même temps ils restent l’autre insaisissable. Il y a un écart entre humains et animaux, et de l’autre coté ces chiens nous regardent.

Stills from A Dog’s Luck


27/01/2019-30/01/2019: International Filmfestival Rotterdam (NL)
21/11/2018: KASKcinema, Ghent (BE)
24/08/2018: Odapark, Center for Contemporary Art, Venray (NL)
22/08/2018: Etats généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (FR), world premiere
17/06/2018: Minervalaan, Brussel (BE)
14/03/2018: Beursschouwburg, Brussel (BE)


On Sunday 17 June 2018, an empty gas station and architectural jewel was the decor of a special screening of A Dog’s Luck, together with some other wonderful short films.
The event was in collaboration with Cinemaximiliaan.

Film Program

The Private Life of a Cat (Alexander Hammid & Maya Deren, 1947) – 22’
“Providing a delicate look into the love and family life of two cats, the filmmakers present them as autonomous characters. The film activates their gaze as they look at each other, roaming about in their indoor universe. The cats appropriate the interior of the house as their own habitable space, without being influenced by human interference.”
Nina de Vroome

With a live soundtrack by Mostafa Taleb and Rohab Ashuoriuo.

Parallel IV (Harun Farocki, 2014) – 11’
Parallel IV explores the actions of the heroes and protagonists of the video game world. These heroes have no parents or teachers; they must test their relationships with others and determine, of their own accord, the rules to follow. “These characters are homunculi, anthropomorphist beings, created by humans. Whoever plays with them has a share in the creator’s pride.”
Harun Farocki

Nie płacz [Don’t Cry] (Grzegorz Królikiewicz, 1972) – 8’
“Grzegorz Królikiewicz’s tense, enigmatic and voluptuous short masterpiece, Don’t Cry (1972), leaves one with an insatiable yearning for more, and yet it is perfectly self-contained. With its refusal to guide the viewer towards comprehension, and its blatantly confrontational musique concrète soundtrack, Królikiewicz pushes his documentary into the realm of abstraction so intense, it’s almost abusive. Right from the very first shot of free-floating, long-haired heads turning into visual blots, it’s the mere surface of things that cries out to be acknowledged and perceived in its nakedness.”
Michał Oleszczyk

Het geluk van honden [A Dog’s Luck] (Nina de Vroome, 2018) – 23’

Hands (Adam Roberts, 1995) – 5’