A documentary by Rudy Pinceel
Raoul Servais. Godfather of the animation movie in Belgium. And the first Belgian to win a Golden Palm at the Festival de Cannes. SERVAIS is the story of a living legend, on his way to a date with history. At the end of 2018, being 90 years old, Servais was offered two permanent exhibition spaces at Mu.ZEE – Kunstmuseum aan Zee in Ostend. Side by side with James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert, until the end of time.
This documentary relates the three years prior to this milestone. Starting in October 2015, the film traces the everyday life of Servais. Being an internationally acclaimed animation film maker, he still goes beyond his own limitations time and again, and does it with a contagious enthusiasm, diligence and regularity. Tirelessly, he inspires youths as well as staff members to push their own boundaries.
In this intimate and honest portrait, we are privy to Servais’ new projects, his sources of inspirations, his larger-than-life dreams, his resourcefulness, his doubts and failures. No matter which direction he takes, the close connection with his home, a mere stone’s throw from Ostend, is never far away. A string of events and activities leads us to the films that have shaped his oeuvre.
Full of admiration and awe, while retaining a critical edge and thus steering clear of blind adoration, SERVAIS is a poetic profile of a master who keeps on coursing through life with a youthful yearning and a perpetual sense of wonder.
HD - 16:9, met 2.39:1letterbox
Dolby SR 5.1 en stereo
Press & Communication
House of the Dingo
Erwin Van der Stappen
Erwin Van der Stappen
Fonds Raoul Servais v.z.w., VRT Beeldarchief, Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten België
FONDS RAOUL SERVAIS vzw
Raoul Servais is writing history. We wanted to record and let you experience it, make you feel like you were there.
In 2015, we dove head-first into a project that’s pure gold to film makers such as ourselves. We thought we just had to give it our everything. The film had a marvellous launch at the Festivals of Ostend and Ghent, took the express to Paris and will travel to Japan in 2020. Dalton Distribution will distribute SERVAIS. And we dream on... A full night program? An off-screen extension? A world trip for SERVAIS?
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