Spilliaert

Lisa Spilliaert

Genre : Musical experimental documentary
Runtime (min) : 40’

Production countries : Belgium

Production company : Escautville
Producers : Vincent Stroep, Ulrike Lindmayr

Project status : production
Estimated budget : 110 060 €
Acquired budget : 96 060 €

Shooting countries : Belgium

Casting :
Flemish rapper NAG Toekomst and Wim De Busser, leader of Belgian rock band King Dick.

In Spilliaert, filmmaker Lisa Spilliaert inquires into her blood relationship with the renowned Belgian artist Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946). Is she predestined to an artist’s life by this – whether or not – fictitious kinship? Is artistry passed on genetically? She reveals herself as a rapping, fanatical genealogist who probes into the origins of her artistic identity. Visiting all kinds of archives, she first chalks out the historical figure of Léon Spilliaert and his work. At Ostend’s Centre for Genealogy she attempts to substantiate her claim of kinship with certificates and registers. Spilliaert’s narrative structure is strung together by a number of rap poems, performed by Lisa Spilliaert herself. By choosing this form, she uncovers parallels and contrasts between rap music’s free identity construction and the strictly regulated structure of genealogy.

Lisa Spilliaert