Harry Gruyaert. Photographer

Harry Gruyaert. Photographer
dir. Gerrit Messiaen/Belgium/2018/66 min.
Iluzjon, sala Mała Czarna
Luna, sala B
Kinoteka, sala 1
Kinoteka, sala 4

This is the story of 75 year old Magnum member Harry Gruyaert whose life is saved by color. Harry grows up in a strict and traditional Catholic Flemish family. His father forbids him to become a photographer because he sees it as sinful. So he decides to leave his country and travel. Coming from a repressed and grey background he discovers the lights and color of Europe. Driven by hatred and love and the irresistible desire to be a photographer, he becomes a pioneer in European color photography.

The film is a story of attraction and rejection and deals with the difficult father-son relationship that plays a prominent role in the formation of the protagonist. It is the story of a restless vagabond, a questing soul who never stops hunting for images. A man who despite all, must follow an irresistible urge to continue travelling and to discover the changes in society. A story about a timid but honest voyeur who captured the zeitgeist in an unique way.


  • projection time:
    66 min.
  • country/year:
    Belgium /2018
  • director:
    Gerrit Messiaen
  • pictures:
    Jimmy Kets
  • production:
    Jurgen Buedts / Las Belgas, Take Five
  • awards :
    2019 – FF Gent

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