De Slag om LeuvenJohan Van Schaeren

Leuven during the Second World War. A fascinating story of conquest, occupation and liberation, built entirely from a surprising large amount of archive material. The images bring the concrete story of the city of Leuven to life in the wider context of WWII. Voiced by former inhabitant of Leuven, musician Daan Stuyven.

Unique footage that deserves a large screen. The focus is on Leuven, but at the same time the film sketches the broader story of WWII in Europe, from the Blitzkrieg in 1939 to Germany’s defeat in 1945. The events that took place in Leuven are placed in a clear context. The unique visual material of Leuven and the surrounding area, selected from countless national and international film archives, ensures that the war comes surprisingly close.

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Dutch spoken or subtitled Historical documentary War amp conflict

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De vertoning van zo 27.09 wordt gevolgd door een nagesprek met Ernst Josef Rothschild, voormalig Joodse inwoner van Leuven. Hij woonde tijdens de oorlogsjaren in Kessel-Lo en werd in 1944 opgepakt door de Duitse bezetters.
Op za 03.10 (16u) wordt, éénmalig, een versie van de flm vertoond die ingekleurd werd met de open source software DeOldify. De film wordt voorafgegaan door een korte uiteenzetting over deze AI-gebaseerde techniek.


Directed by Johan Van Schaeren
2019 80 min.
Subtitles: Dutch


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