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
Production companies: FILMS GRAND HUIT & LES FILMS A VIF
Screenplay: Perrine Prost & Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Image: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Pierre De Wurstemberger
Editing: Maël Delorme, Marianna Romano & Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
Sound Design: Martin Delzescaux, Lucas Masson
Animation: Maël Delorme, Léon Denise, William Houel & Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis
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

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Dialogue list English: Click here

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