And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine

Axel Danielson & Maximilien Van Aertryck / & / 2023

With a timeline that starts with the invention of photography in the 1800s and (so far) ends with Instagram, this fast-paced and award-winning film takes us on an entertaining surf across the last 150 years of visual culture.

With an adventurous, philosophical spirit and visual vigor, the award-winning collage film ’And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine’ moves like a cinematic spinning top through the history of moving images. From the first films and photos to today’s Hollywood, iPhones, Instagram and over 45 billion cameras worldwide. The directing duo take a critical and affectionate look at the contradictions of modern visual culture, including propaganda films about Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un, behind-the-scenes footage of a group of ISIS fighters in Yemen, Russian youth performing breakneck stunts atop the world’s tallest buildings, and a camera masterclass with Leni Riefenstahl. An entertaining and thought-provoking film that will make you look with fresh eyes at the visual world we live in.