Following the footsteps of creatures of the night - night-shift workers, homeless people sleeping in dark alleys, those who are awake when most people are asleep. The cleaning lady Khadija wakes up at the metro terminus in an empty subway carriage. It is the last train and she has missed her station. She has no money for a taxi, so she sets off to walk the long journey home. What can an elderly Muslim woman encounter after dark on the empty streets of Brussels? Bas Devos (Violet, 14th NH), in his modest but memorable road movie, plays with audience expectations and perceptions. The wandering of the tired Khadija, a bit Jarmuschian in spirit, is interwoven with the splinters of everyday life and random encounters. Sometimes mundane, sometimes on the verge of reality and sleep. He allows the character to open her eyes to reality, flee from routine and see deeper into herself in the night silence, thereby creating a thread of understanding with strangers. The beautiful city, photographed on 16 mm film, deserted and hypnotizing with flickering lights, becomes a witness to this journey and a separate protagonist of the journey at the same time.
Bas Devos is a Belgian director and screenwriter born in 1983. In 2014 he made his debut with the film Violet (14th NH), which won the Grand Prix in the Generation 14plus section at the Berlinale. In 2019, Devos premiered two productions; presented in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, Hellhole tells the story of several residents of Brussels who are trying to lead a normal life after the terrorist attacks of 2016, while Ghost Tropic, in turn, was included in the prestigious section of the Directors' Fifteen at the last IFF in Cannes.
2006 Taurus (short)
2019 Ghost Tropic