The doors of the abandoned Raverdy coffee and chicory factory remain closed, just like everything around it. The director – herself a descendant of the Raverdy family (and expecting her first child) – goes in search of the stories behind this sealed-off part of the city. She moves in with her 91-year-old grandmother, who lives over the road. Piece by piece, she is able to reconstruct events leading up to the factory’s closure, using old photos, advertising brochures, myths, language games, conversations with her grandmother and former female factory workers.

These memories unfold through different storylines. The factory’s surroundings are explored through a poetic film style, and the history of the nunnery next to the factory is also revealed. This sensitive film is a reflection on the invisible and the forgotten, revolving around women and the changing body.

International title
Behind the Shutters
Filmmaker
Messaline Raverdy
Country
Belgium
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
50’
Language
French
Producer
Messaline Raverdy
Production Company
Asbl Attelier Molloy
Sales
CBA
Writer
Messaline Raverdy
Cinematography
Olivier Dekegel
Editor
Rudi Maerten, Ivanne de Cannart
Production Design
Miléna Trivier
Sound Design
Rémi Gérard
Music
Hilde Nash