After a long working day, 58-year-old cleaner Khadija falls asleep in the last metro. When she wakes with a start at the end of the line, she has no choice other than to walk home, halfway across Brussels in the middle of the night.

In his previous film, Hellhole, Devos revealed the upper echelons of the European melting pot that is his home town, Brussels, to be a rather dismal environment. In many respects, Ghost Tropic is a mirror image of that film. From the high life of the Members of the European Parliament we descend to life on the streets. At the same time, the downcast mood shifts towards something more hopeful. Because the threat you might expect never materialises.

Up-and-coming Flemish filmmaker Bas Devos shows us Khadija's congenial meetings in a series of almost fairy-tale vignettes. The night owls she comes across often have little to offer, but still help her where they can. Khadija helps them out in return.

Filmmaker
Bas Devos
Country
Belgium, Netherlands
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
85’
Language
Dutch, French
Producer
Nabil Ben Yadir, Bas Devos, Marc Goyens, Tomas Leyers, Benoit Roland
Production Company
10.80 Films, Minds Meet, Quetzalcoatl
Sales
Rediance
Writer
Bas Devos
Cinematography
Grimm Vandekerckhove
Editor
Dieter Diependaele, Bas Devos
Production Design
Jonathan van Essche, Quinten van Essche
Sound Design
Boris Debackere
Music
Brecht Ameel
Cast
Saadia Bentaïeb, Maaike Neuville, Stefan Gota, Nora Dari, Willy Thomas