Ghost Tropic

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Ghost Tropic

Bas Devos
B, 2019
Features, 85min, OmeU

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Ghost Tropic

Bas Devos
B, 2019
Features, 85min, OmeU

Mon
28
Oct
18:00
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
Wed
30
Oct
13:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
Cast: 
Saadia Bentaïeb
Khadija
Nora Dari
Tochter von Khadija
Maaike Neuville
Stefan Gota
Cedric Luvuezo
Willy Thomas
Screenplay: 
Bas Devos
Sound: 
Boris Debackere
Camera: 
Grimm Vandekerckhove
Editor: 
Dieter Diependaele
Bas Devos
Composer: 
Brecht Ameel
Decoration: 
Jonathan Van Essche

Production: 
Quetzalcoatl
Phanta Film
10.80 flms
Minds Meet
Proximus
Kunstencentrum Buda
KC nOna
World Sales: 
Rediance
Format: 
DCP
Color

What is there to find on deserted streets at night? The 16mm camera hovers over the asphalt like a lost driver in a dream. Bas Devos makes us feel how someone experiences the world: distant and surreal, dark and alienated, with occasional glimpses of beauty. These streets become the place of somebody not at home. Yet they also become the place of encounters for Khadija, a cleaning woman in Brussels who involuntarily embarks on a nocturnal odyssey after she falls asleep on the train home. Just like in Charles Dickens’ famous story “Night Walks” the end of daylight brings the woman into sympathetic relationships with the people of the night. Devos challenges the cliché of the headscarf-wearing woman as well as the cliché of how people react to her. An almost utopian togetherness becomes visible. It is as if all the people of the night, all those stray dogs inhabiting deserted streets, hold together. But Khadija faces an insurmountable sadness and otherness nonetheless, the loneliness of a foreign country. As Dickens wrote: “And then the yearning of the houseless mind would be for any sign of company, any lighted place, any movement, anything suggestive of anyone being up...”. (Patrick Holzapfel)

Bas Devos: TAURUS (2005, K), PILLAR (2006, K), THE CLOSE (2007, K), WE KNOW (2009, K), VIOLET (2014), HELLHOLE (2019)