By Pieter VAN HEES


Drama - Completed 2014

Waste Land is a Poetic thriller about a man and a city in crisis.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2014
Busan - BIFF/APM 2014
Austin Fantastic Film Fest 2014
les arcs 2014
CineEurope Award
Film Festival Oostende 2015
Ensor Awards for Best Script, Best Direction, Best Performances
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pieter VAN HEES
    • Writer(s)
    • Pieter VAN HEES
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • The highly sensitive Leo Woeste is a Homocide detective in Brussels. As long as he can remember, a indefinable death wish lingers inside him. But Leo’s always battled it, because Leo believes that real man don’t let themselves get hurt by those feelings. Nor by the grim capital, for that matter, to which Leo feels inevitably drawn. So Leo suppresses all these desires and focusses on his new case: the murder of a young Congolese.

      But Leo’s delicate balance starts crumbling when his wife Katrien tells him she’ s pregnant again. They already have a 4-year old boy, Jack. No matter how much Leo loves his kid, he very much fears he’s infected the hyper active, aggressive little boy with his dark impulses. Leo feels that his family life, which he always considered as his lifebuoy, slowly begins to smother him.
      Leo looks for a way out. He lets his new, hedonistic partner Bouli Rimbaud drag him into a world of wild parties and amfetamines and sucks into the life energy of the Congolose Aysha, sister of the victim, with who he starts an affair.

      Aysha wants the murderer of her brother be found and punished at any cost. Leo does all he can to offer her that. The investigation leads Leo to the dark Nkonde-universe, the Congolese death cult using little statues that through the diaspora has also infected Brussels. Key figure turns out to be a white antiques dealer who’s been living in the Congo for 30 years, called De Reus.

      Leo gets fascinated by this charismatic character who carries a deathwish a strong as Leo’s. He believes De Reus is protected by the Powers that be, but his colleagues start doubting whether De Reus really exists.

      Leo gets entangled in own paranoia and starts flipping. The more he tries to get a grip on his life, he more he feels himself slipping away.