a film by Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire

documentary/experimental, 10 minutes, HD
produced by Balthasar & Michigan Films,
with the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Transat Video, Vooruit and Beursschouwburg Brussels



In "The Wave" the archaeological gaze of the viewer is set in motion: a mass grave from the Spanish Civil War (1936–39) opens and closes itself. In 2011 Katrien Vermeire and Sarah Vanagt placed a camera above the spot where nine victims were buried after their execution by Franco’s supporters in June 1939. On day one of the excavation, a digging crane gently loosened the top layer of soil, until the archaeologists came across a skull with a bullet hole. Then the archaeologists continued their work by hand. The skeletons appeared, then disappeared, as if a strong wind blew that removed the sand and uncovered death, a primal truth.


director : Sarah Vanagt & Katrien Vermeire
camera : Katrien Vermeire
editing : Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
production : Balthasar & Michigan Films



Biennale of Sydney, june - september 2012 / World premiere
Festival del film Locarno, 2012 / European premiere

Vooruit, Almost Cinema (+ debate), 11 October 2012
+ Beursschouwburg Brussels, 1 February 2013 / Belgian Premiere

IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Paradocs) - 2012
Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany - 2012
Rencontres internationales Paris/Madrid/Berlin, Palais de Tokyo, Paris - 2012
International Film Festival Watchdocs, Warsaw, Poland - 2012
Hors piste, Centre Pompidou, Paris - 2013
Soma, Brussels, 2013
Argos, Centre for Art and Media, Brussels - 2013
Off Off, Ghent, 2013
EMAF, Osnabruck - 2013
Courtisane, Ghent - 2013
IndieLisboa, Lisbon - 2013
Kazerne Dossin, Mechelen - 2013
Cinema Galeries, Brussels - 2013
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Bucharest 2013
Zeughauskino, Berlin 2013
Hors Pistes, Sao Paulo 2013
Mediawave, Hungary 2013
Unseen Photography Fair & Festival, Amsterdam 2013
Filmlab Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Ghent 2013
Magic Cinema Bobigny / Festival Bande(s) a Part, Bobigny 2014
IBAFF Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia, Murcia 2014
Kunstencentrum Buda 2014
Extra City, Antwerp 2014