Maalbeek

A film by

France / 15' / 09/2020 / documentary

Survivor but amnesiac of the attack at Maalbeek metro station on 22 March 2016 in Brussels, Sabine is looking for the missing image of an over-mediatised event of which she has no memory.

“'Maalbeek' — part collage film, part experimental video art — challenges the documentary genre. Chandoutis' work remind us both of the pointillism of the 19th century and of the noise of a disturbed image transmission. He zooms out meditatively and laboriously, taking a step back in a similar way as to what Sabine is trying to do. Is a step backwards the best way forward?”
Square Eyes - Semaine2020
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“'Maalbeek' — part collage film, part experimental video art — challenges the documentary genre. Chandoutis' work remind us both of the pointillism of the 19th century and of the noise of a disturbed image transmission. He zooms out meditatively and laboriously, taking a step back in a similar way as to what Sabine is trying to do. Is a step backwards the best way forward?”
Square Eyes - Semaine2020
Square Eyes - IDFA
Square Eyes - FEST_Laurel_Official-Selection_BLK

Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis

Biography

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 candidate for the European Film Awards 2021. Born in France in 1988, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis lives and works between Paris and Brussels.

Filmography

  • Maalbeek – 2020 – short documentary
  • Swatted – 2018 – short documentary
  • Ondes noires / Dark Waves – 2017 – short documentary
  • Noir Plaisir – 2016 – short documentary
  • Sous couleur de l’oubli (Digital Memories) – 2015 – short documentary
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Crew

Director Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Producer Pauline Seigland, Lionel Massol, Maxence Voiseux, Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Jules Reinartz
Production company FILMS GRAND HUIT & LES FILMS A VIF
Screenplay Perrine Prost & Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Image Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Pierre De Wurstemberger, Maël Delorme, Bérengère Gimenez, Nicolas Forero
Editing Maël Delorme, Marianna Romano & Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Sound Design Martin Delzescaux, Lucas Masson
Sound recording Ismaël JOFFROY CHANDOUTIS
Animation Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Maël Delorme, Dorian Rigal, Léon Denise, William Houel
Music: Sergio Baietta

Festivals

  • Semaine de la Critique, France (October, 2020)
    Official Selection
  • Tirana International Film Festival, Albania (19 – 25 September, 2020)
    Short documentary Competition
  • 25FPS International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Croatia (24 – 27 September, 2020)
    Competition
  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgium (2 – 9 October, 2020)
    Competition Won: Bayard Du Meilleur Court Métrage
  • Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Canada (7 – 18 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition
  • International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Cyprus (10 – 16 October, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Festival International Du Film Indépendant De Bordeaux, France (14 – 19 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Won: Grand Prix for Best Short Film
  • AFI Fest, United States (15 – 22 October, 2020)
    Short Film Competition Special Mention
  • Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden (19 – 25 October, 2020)
    International Competition Won: European Film Award Nomination
  • Bucheon International Animation Festival, South-Korea (23 – 27 October, 2020)
    International Short Film Competition
  • Cinémartinique Festival, France (23 – 31 October, 2020)
    Semaine de la Critique special
  • Message to Man International Film Festival, Russia (3 – 8 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (18 – 29 November, 2020)
    Paradocs
  • Visite Film Festival, Belgium (19 – 29 November, 2020)
  • Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Romania (23 – 29 November, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Paris Courts Devant, France (24 – 29 November, 2020)
    Competition
  • Docs, Canada (25 November – 1 December, 2020)
    Competition
  • Tous Courts, France (1 – 5 December, 2020)
    Out of Competition: Singular Object
  • Aguilar International Short Film Festival, Spain (4 – 13 December, 2020)
    International Competition
  • Bogotá Short Film Festival, Colombia (8 – 15 December, 2020)
    International Competition Won: Saint Lucia for Best International Documentary Short Film
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival, Norway (12 – 17 January, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Australia (22 January – 31 January, 2021)
    Documentary Competition
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France (29 January – 6 February, 2021)
    Lab Competition Won: Adobe Special Effects Award & Audience Award Labo
  • Travelling Film Fesitval, France (16 – 23 February, 2021)
    Urba[Ciné] Short Film Competition
  • Kino Pavasaris – Vilnius Film Festival, Lithuania (18 March – 1 April, 2021)
    Short Film Competition
  • Salem Film Fest, United States (19 – 28 March, 2021)
    Competition
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (22 – 28 March, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Pendance Film Festival, Canada (26 – 28 March, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Kaboom Animation Festival, the Netherlands (31 March – 4 April, 2021)
    Competition
  • Glas Animation Festival, United States (5 – 11 April, 2021)
    Main Competition Won: Simulation Award
  • San Francisco International Film Festival, United States (9 – 18 April, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, the Netherlands (14 – 18 April, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, United States (29 April – 1 May, 2021)
    Competition
  • Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Germany (4 – 9 May, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Animatricks International Animation Festival, Finland (20 – 23 May, 2021)
    Documentary Competition
  • Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany (21 – 30 May, 2021)
    International Competition
  • VIENNA SHORTS – International Short Film Festival, Austria (27 May – 1 June, 2021)
    Fiction & Documentary Competition
  • Animafest Zagreb, Croatia (7 – 12 June, 2021)
    Grand Competition
  • Regard – Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay (7 – 30 June 2021)
    Official Competition
  • The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway (9 – 13 June, 2021)
    International Competition
  • Festival Côté Court, France (9 – 19 June, 2021)
    Competition Essay / Video Art
  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France (14 – 19 June, 2021)
    Off-Limits Section
  • Festival d’ Alexandrie du Film Francophone, Egypt (19 – 25 June, 2021)
    Short Film Competition
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (22 – 28 June, 2021)
    Official Selection
  • Belgian Film Festival, France (16 – 22 July, 2021)
    Official Selection

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