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6 Short films either based on real issues or based on true stories, featuring 4 documentaries, a genre-blended documentary, and a narrative fiction work that's inspired by events that are at least partly true. These are true stories that inspire, inform, unite and engage.

Amnesiac of the attack at the Maalbeek metro station, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

Director Biography - Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis is developing a "cinématière", a hybrid artistic practice that expands cinema to the field of contemporary art. His work questions technologies, memory, the virtual and explores the porous worlds of the image.

His films have been selected and awarded in numerous international festivals (Cannes, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand, BFI London, IDFA...).

In 2020, his film Maalbeek was selected at the Semaine de la Critique - Cannes and received the Bayard for best short film at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, the first prize in the national short film competition at the Bordeaux International Independent Film Festival. Maalbeek is also a candidate for the European Film Awards 2021. Born in France in 1988, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis lives and works between Paris and Brussels.

Director Statement

“Maalbeek is a journey into amnesic territory, in the immemorial memory of the attacks of the 22 March 2016 in Brussels. 

The visual concept is based on a hybrid montage of archive images and 3D animation that work in tandem on the motif of fragmentation. 

The animation of the film, made from real shots and then transformed by various technical processes, shows an inner landscape composed of exploded views of the metro station, as if the image of these memories had also been subjected to the physical shock of the explosion.

These clouds of dots reflect the mental instability that runs through the main character's representation, sizzling, even uncertain. These layers of reality that persist throughout the animation help to immerse the spectator in the emotional experience of amnesia.”

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    Perrine Prost, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis