Panamarenko, the Magic of Art

Version française – English Version – Nederlands VersiePanamarenko - Aeromodeller

Panamarenko, a contemporary artist halfway between science and poetry.

Friend of Beuys and Marcel Broodthaers, Panamarenko is one of the most important contemporary Belgian artists. He creates strange objects such as submarines, flying saucers, and even power-driven backpacks which never quite take off. His work makes use of technology to revitalise aesthetic experience.

The film shows the artist in his day-to-day universe and follows him in the creation of three major works, while older pieces punctuate his career. In the world of Panamarenko, the dream of flying, that’s to say the desire to escape the forces which hold us on the ground, is omnipresent. Thanks to 3D, the Aeromodeller and the Scotch Gambit take flight.

Panamarenko – The Magic of Art is the last film showing the artist at work, because shortly thereafter, Panamarenko decided to give up his work as a creator.

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A film by Anna Van der Wee and Françoise Levie.
A Wild Heart Production – Sofidoc coproduction.
With the support of the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds and the French Community of Belgium.
© 2004.
Distribution Memento Production

Prize for Best Editing (Festival of Rome – 2006)

In competition at:
9th Mumbai International Film Festival (2006 – India)
10th Internazionale di Film festival sull’arte Contemporanea (2005 – Napoli)
23rd International Festival of Film on Art (2005 – Montreal)
1st Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival (2005 – Ukraine)