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Ghost Tropic

Director(s)
Bas Devos
Country
Belgium
Year
2019
Duration
85 min
Language
French with English subtitles
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Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) is a fifty-eight-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman living in Brussels in the wake of the 2016 bombings that shook the city. After work one night, she falls asleep on the last subway train, wakes up at the end of the line and has no choice but to make her way home—all the way across the city—on foot. Along the way, she has a series of encounters: with a security guard, a convenience store clerk, a group of teenagers. She asks for help and she gives it and slowly, steadily makes her way.

Director Bas Devos’ lightness of touch combines with the richness of Grimm Vanderkerckhove’s 16mm images to create a small wonder of humanistic storytelling. Ghost Tropic is a testament to the everyday drama of immigrant life and insists on the possibility of goodness and beauty, even in the dark of night.

The encounters that take place as part of this nocturnal journey are brief and deliberately undramatic: what counts most are the darkened streets themselves, the passing cars and dots of light in the distance. The effect is often exquisite. – The Age

Silver Pyramid Award for Best Director – Cairo International Film Festival 2019
Directors Fortnight Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2019

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Director(s)
Bas Devos
Country
Belgium
Year
2019
Duration
85 min
Language
French with English subtitles