EXISTENCES INVISIBLES

By Alan WARD, Tanguy DE THURET

GUERRILLA PICTURES - as PROD

Historical - Completed 2012

Brussels. There are markers in a city which are pathways to its unconscious. Each exists invisible until revealed by the attentive and curious. Together these markers are a tableau of the city's true self. The story of its soul. The film looks into its soul, and sees the darkness at its heart.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Historical
    • Countries
    • BELGIUM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Director(s)
    • Alan WARD, Tanguy DE THURET
    • Writer(s)
    • Tanguy DE THURET, Alan WARD
    • Producer(s)
    • Alan WARD (GUERRILLA PICTURES)
    • Synopsis
    • Brussels. There are markers in a city which are pathways to its unconscious. Each exists invisible until revealed by the attentive and curious. Together these markers are a tableau of the city's true self. The story of its soul. Our film looks into its unconscious and into its soul, and sees a darkness at its heart.
      As the film progresses and markers are revealed - statues, buildings, signs, graffiti, murals, parks, architecture, illusions - we are led inextricably back to the 19th century and to King Leopold II's personal estate, the Congo. And see the foundations of the city's wealth, banks, and modern society built on the blood of the 10 million Africans who died in slave labour for Leopold's personal gain.
      The film is made up of a prologue, nine chapters, and an epilogue, each with its distinct visual and musical identity. It is an impressionistic mix of still and video images, trompe-l'oeil montages, on-screen texts from the 18th to the 21st centuries, and four symbolic characters threading their way through narratives of the city. The 15 musical pieces are integral to the film and are as important as the images. They are powerful and haunting, at times violent and harsh, at times falsely romantic; eerie or driving; angelic or demonic; moody or rhythmic; always vibrantly expressive and emotionally charged.
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