Joachim Olender

Joachim Olender studied law and cinema in Brussels, and is interested in « holed » stories. He travels between cinema, direction and writing, concerned by the production of a fictional archive. In 2006, he starts a thesis in Paris on The shortfall in the telling (EHESS) and writes his first scenario adapted from the novel Les Choses by Georges Perec. In 2010, he enters Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, France) and directs Bloody eyes, a short film that revisits the myth of the de la gorgon, from a short story by Luc Dardenne. In 2012, he directs Tarnac. Le chaos et la grâce, an animation fictional documentary on the case Tarnac shot in a video game, as well as a video installation on the same subject. He is then an associate artiste on the video opera La Chute de Fukuyama by Camille de Toledo and Grégoire Hetzel (Salle Pleyel, Paris, 2013). In 2014, he directs a feature documentary film La collection qui n’existait pas about the Belgian collector Herman Daled and conceptual art. In the beginning of 2015, he directs a performance at the Centre Pompidou on the Utöya massacre and stages a theatrical adaptation of Les Choses by Perec with actor and director Soufian El Boubsi (produced by two Belgian theatres). He currently continues his thesis in France between Paris 8 and Le Fresnoy. Born in Brussels in 1980, Joachim Olender lives and works between Paris and Brussels.

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