Arne Quinze, Creator of Atmosphere

Tim De Keersmaecker


a documentary film by Tim De Keersmaecker
in co-production with VRT-Canvas, Riche, Riche & Riche, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund

Arne Quinze, a rising star of art and design, and his relationship with Barbara Becker, have propulsed him to international celebrity. Besides focusing on Arne Quinze's life and work, this film also mirrors the value of modern art, and the construction of an artist in the world of art, design, money, business, and glamour... Art can be very lucrative, and many businessmen look to invest in young artists in hope of a potential goldmine…

Arne Quinze simply oozes confidence. When asked about his opinion about our capital city, he does not hesitate for a second. Brussels has lost its sparkle due to poor policies, shady construction supervisors and bad architects. Quinze wants to turn the city around by approaching it from the different perspectives and different areas of expertise offered by “Studio Arne Quinze”. His first real statement was CITYSCAPE, a simple but extravagant piece of art that temporarily filled the small empty space between Port Louiza and Port Namur. After that, it was time for the big leagues. Besides an installation near the Flemish Parliament building, Quinze was asked to completely redesign the site of the National Administrative Centre near the Botanique. There will be a mix of offices, residential areas and parks and of course, Quinze’s flamboyant architectural features. That is if the bureaucratic problems and creative discussions with the other partners can be resolved. We must not for forget this is Belgium after all…

Tim De Keersmaecker made a solid documentary about Quinze for the docuseries Hoge Bomen on Belgian Television. De Keersmaecker was forced to follow the man around at that whirlwind pace of his. Tim does have a connection with this subject since the world of design is a personal passion of his. He proved to be the perfect choice to direct a film around Quinze’s work and personality. While shooting the film, it was quite a task keeping up with Quinze’s different projects. On top of that, Arne’s assignments came from very exclusive clients. He was asked to plan the ‘demolition party’ of the Monceau hotel in Paris and to exhibit his own work in Milan together with Swarovski. Furthermore, he had to design the Louis Vuitton boutique in München and an art bar in Cologne. But there are plenty more magnificent projects on his to-do list…

It is obviously impossible to pigeonhole the force that is Arne Quinze. He has a clear vision on design, art and architecture. His reputation far precedes him abroad and he can hardly keep up with the demand. Everywhere he goes, he is welcomed as a superstar, while in his own country his achievements still go unnoticed.

This raises many questions. How did this small town boy from West Flanders manage to build and manage such an enormous design and art imperium out of nothing? How does he keep up with this fast paced lifestyle? How come he receives more appreciation abroad than in his own country? Does the Flemish obligatory modesty rear its ugly head again? Is a successful and talented individual necessarily a megalomaniac? Some spoilt, conceited person that has to be brought back down a peg or two? Or should we reserve some form of skepticism? Quinze has built himself a rock solid reputation abroad and receives a lot of help from his spouse Barbara Becker. She herself is not only a model and an actrice, but also the ex-wife of acclaimed tennis champion Boris Becker.

Together, they are a power couple with paparazzi following their every move. However, it takes more than just glamour to change the world. The whole media circus around them is just a tiny detail compared to Barbara’s business sense and art connaissance. Like no other, she is able to successfully praise Arne’s work in the presence of her many connections and introduces him to celebrities and bankers. Thanks to Barbara, Arne is a personal friend of Lenny Kravitz now.

The interaction between admiration and skepticism will make a very intriguing film. Moreover, we get to see how this young Flemish talent was able to blossom internationally.
DOCVILLE international Documentary Festival, Leuven, Belgium, 2010







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Jevon Lambrechts, Jan Vaes

Wouter Frans, Luc Cuveele


Frederic Castiau


Yves De Mey



2007: documentary PAUL VERMEIR
-winner of the HGO price of the public Brussels, Belgium 18/11/2007
-winner of the Henri Storck price 2007, Brussels, Belgium, best Belgian graduation documentary 18/12/2007
-winner of a Flemish Film Fund wildcard 2007
-international Student competition @ the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2007
-‘Regards Neuf’ competition of ‘Visions du Réel’ Nyon, Switserland early april 2008
-international Student festival ‘Sehsüchte 2008’ Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany april 2008
-international competition of Documenta Madrid, Spain may 2008
-international competition of the Huesca International Filmfestival, Spain june 2008
-international competition of the Pärnu International Documentary Festival, Estonia july 2008
-Reykjavik Shorts&Docs, Iceland 22 aug. -28 aug. 2008
-Docupolis, Festival Internacional Documental de Barcelona, Spain 1-5 october 2008
-Festival Internacional de Documentales Miradas-Doc, Tenerife, Spain oktober 2008
-International competition of ‘Les Ecrans Documentaires’, Paris, France 2 nov. 2008
-Munich Filmfest, international student competition, Munich, Germany 18 nov. 2008
-Filmer à tout prix, international competition, premiers ouevres, Brussels, Belgium 16 nov. 2008

2007:  ‘Ik hou van theater’ educative documentary for children  
          Realisation: Anke Blondé for Het Paleis Antwerpen, assistant director


Awards / Festivals

selected at Docville, Leuven, 2009