Rabot

Christina Vandekerckhove

All the pitfalls and injustices of life pass by in this kaleidoscopic documentary about the inhabitants of a derelict tenement in Ghent months before it is demolished. Static shots from different standpoints jump in an apparently random way from one inhabitant to another. The camera observes them with intimate attention, but also keeps its distance. Some people leave the decaying pile of bricks with melancholy, others are eager to close this chapter and hope for better times. They are filmed going about their daily activities, eating or watching TV. It could hardly be any more banal, yet the aptly chosen images evoke a wealth of thoughts and emotions, thanks to their context and meticulous composition.
This opulent portrait about poverty, loneliness, indifference, but also about love, ends on a lighter note – in music-video style. The various inhabitants dance in their still-furnished homes to a song that musicians later play live in their deserted dwellings.
 

Screenings

  • Doelen Willem Burger Zaal
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 7
    English subtitles
    Sat 27 Jan Buy
  • Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • KINO 4
    English subtitles
    Tue 30 Jan Buy
  • Pathé 4
    English subtitles
    Thu 1 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Christina Vandekerckhove
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Belgium
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
93’
Language
Dutch
Producer
Peter Krüger
Production Company
Inti Films
Sales
Inti Films
Cinematography
Frank Schulte
Editor
Jan Van der Weken
Sound Design
Piet Baert
Music
Stijn Ylode De Gezelle, Madensuyu Ò