CINEMA BIS BELGE 2023 | Offscreen
A focus on Belgian cult and exploitation cinema: “Cinema Bis” is a general term that refers to cheaply produced films – from B to Z – from the Golden Age of the 60's and 70's in popular genres like horror, adventure or erotica. Some Belgians made a name for themselves in this underbelly of the film industry. They dared to confront a social and moral context that was much stricter than it is now, while touching on various taboo subjects. These curiosities were appreciated by a broad audience and shown at the local “grindhouse” cinemas in Brussels, like the Victory on Rue Neuve or Cinema Apollo on Rue de Malines.
Three French sisters visit their uncle on his island home. After his sudden death, the non-arrival of their boat to the mainland leaves them trapped in a ménage-à-quatre with his Tunisian manservant, playing subversive games in which traditional hierarchies of fashion, art, gender and colonialism are turned inside-out. This rare film is a Belgian co-production by Pierre Drouot and Paul Collet, with music by Arsène Souffriau, and will be screened in a new restored version by Belfilm and Mondo Macabro.