ELEPHANT'S DREAM (2014)
“Elephant’s Dream masterfully creates a dreamlike listlessness, sad and funny, that gently hints at great historical tragedy. A beautiful film.”
Elephant’s Dream takes us beyond the usual reports of the Congo, to provide poetic and compassionate insight into a country in transition, as seen through the microcosm of three state-owned institutions and its public sector workers in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, a railway station, the central post office and the only existing fire station.
At times surreal, at times hopeful, this film will reveal a truly surprising perspective on lives lived beyond chaos.
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“In the pantheon of documentaries about the Congo, “Elephant’s Dream” is an incredibly necessary addition.”
“Three ordinary stories combined in a extraordinary documentary.”
“One of the most tender and intense films I’ve seen in ages – the agony and the scars of colonialism are most artfully captured in a true film d’ auteur.” (Hubert Sauper)
Directed by Kristof Bilsen
Duration: 72′/52′ - DCP
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"When I see myself in the mirror, I don't think I look like my judicial."
This is a portrait of three women in custody at the Ghent prison. We get to know them not through their crimes but as three people who feel, see and think.
This film explores the ambiguity and intimacy and distance towards three women who have to continue their life behind bars.
You can now watch it on Vimeo On Demand (english subtitles)
“It is through small but eloquent details that director Kristof Bilsen manages to sketch a moving portrait of three detainees in the women's prison in Ghent.”
DE MORGEN (Jan Temmerman)
“ Bilsen did wonders with the few means at his disposal to keep the documentary visually attractive and keep up the pace.”
Director/DOP/Editor: Kristof Bilsen
Interviews/Co-director: Daniel Billiet
MUSIC: Michael De Rop
SOUND MIX: Yves De Mey
GRADING: Olivier Ogneux
ORIGINALLY COMPLETED: 2005
The film was supported through a workshop grant from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.