Screening Night has come and PhD defense Peter Van Goethem

The film Night has come, which Peter Van Goethem made in the framework of his Doctorate in the Arts, will be presented on Friday 2 March 2018 at 15:30 in Cinematek (Kunstberg, Baron Hortastraat 9, 1000 Brussels) followed by the public defense of the Doctorate and a reception. You are kindly invited to attend. Entry is free but reservations are required (please send a mail to Inge Pieters at before 26 February).

Voice Johan Leysen / Music Guy Van Nueten / Sound design Guy De Bièvre / Editing Peter Van Goethem / Second Editor David Verdeure / Script and editing advisor Peter Krüger / Produced by Inti films

The Film Director as Archivist

The practice-based PhD project The Film Director as Archivist investigates, through the use of existing archival material, the relationship between factual and artistic representation of history. At the basis of the research are the archival films about Brussels in the Royal Belgian Film Archive Cinematek. In the framework of his Doctorate in the Arts Peter Van Goethem created the found footage film Night has come, wrote a book entitled Restitutie and created a portrait series Tipping Point.

The film is constructed as a mosaic of memories of the main character. The archival material provides visual substance to these memories. The manner in which these memories are given shape in the film is a metaphor for the intricate ways in which human memory works. The memory of the main character is not unambiguous. His memories are heavily selective, distorted, fragmented, repetitive and forgetful. The book recounts the life story of Raymond Devaux, the creator of a series of family films which Peter Van Goethem used in the film Night has come. With this book he explores the relationship between historical fiction and history using historical sources. In addition he re-examines the relationship between fiction and truth by calling on non-existent sources, such as the manuscript of Raymond Devaux, that he wrote himself, or on existing materials which receive new meaning in other contexts, such as his portrait series Tipping Point, presumably painted by Devaux.

Peter Van Goethem

Peter Van Goethem is active as a director, producer, author and painter. He studied Pedagogical Sciences (Ugent) and Philosophical Pedagogy (KULeuven) before studying documentary film at RITCS. He regularly writes for the cultural magazine rekto:verso where he was also a member of the editorial team until 2012. With the support of the Foundation Pascal Decroos, he wrote together with Pieter Verstraete (KULeuven) the book: Iran: de kunst van het ontwijken (Acco, 2011). As a director, he has concentrated on creative documentaries in which the visual aspect of human actions and surroundings are the central theme. In his work as a painter, he draws on the tradition of landscape and portrait painting. He approaches the documentary film genre as a form of portrait. Peter Van Goethem will defend his Doctorate in the Arts “The Film Director as Archivist” on 2 March 2018.

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL (VUB) | Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES (ULB) | Faculté de Lettres, Traduction & Communication

Prof. Dr. Klaas Tindemans, VUB promotor/ Prof. Dr. Karel Vanhaesebrouck, ULB, promotor/ Peter Krüger, RITCS, artistic co-promotor/ Prof. Dr. Roel Vande Winkel, KULeuven, co-promotor

Advisory Commission:
Paul Aron, Université libre de Bruxelles, chairman/ Erik Martens, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds / Sylvain De Bleeckere, Universiteit Hasselt



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