Two Days, One Night
Brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne are a Belgian filmmaking duo. The Dardennes began making narrative and documentary films in the late 1970s —They write, produce and direct their films together. They came to international attention in the mid-1990s with La Promesse (The Promise). They won their first major international film prize when Rosetta won the Palme d’Or at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and continue to make award winning films. Recently, the Cinema Cartoons hosted a special showing of Two Days, One Night in Antwerp…it had recently shown at Cannes. IAFT students attended the screening and After Talk.
“The Dardennes have made a brilliant social-realist drama with a real narrative tension which is something of a novelty in their work.” Two Days, One Night is an unsettling film that left the audience with many questions. IAFT student Lars started off the Q&A with a query about the use of the long tracking shots and later on, Shynar followed with a question she eloquently posed in French (the brothers’ native language) and I could not follow the question nor the answer but the brothers each took time to answer, so it mush have been a good one.
Later, several of us went out to discuss the film a bit more —particularly around scene repetition and silence. But, no spoilers here: please go see the film!
“When we make a movie, and when we offer it to the audience, it’s like sharing a journey or a trip where everyone is going to find his way and not necessarily just ours.” Jean-Pierre Dardenne
“But one day you say something, you don’t know necessarily why, but you feel that it’s right, it’s the right thing for you, for us, and that’s it, and you keep on working.” Luc Dardenne