Tribute to Jean-Jacques Rousseau | Offscreen
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, self-proclaimed “cineast of the absurd”, tragically passed away in 2014. A compulsive filmmaker who, despite everything seeming to be set up against it, grew out to be one of the most productive Belgian directors ever! Between 1964 and 2014 he made more than 50 films, short and long, flouting all the rules: without formal schooling, money, help (except from all the unconditional fans surrounding him) and almost without distribution, his radical, personal films are full of the unexpected.
Great experimental spectacles, as much impregnated by a supernatural, fantastic universe as by the social struggle of Wallonia. Cinema that passes from action to horror by ways of metaphysical poetry, never turning away from self-mockery and seemingly involuntary humour. Grand art that brings together on the screen perverse cannibals, mystical teutons, mad scientists, demons, criminal motor gangs and karate-cops, all against a background of Soviet conspiracies and secret societies.
We bring homage to this free spirit, in the company of some of his close friends, with a selection of films and a few surprises...