Kosmos gets up close and personal with Kevin Mroc's family. These Roma from Slovakia lived in the squatted Gesù monastery in Brussels until the close of 2013. In the run-up to their eviction, the young Belgian director Ruben Desiere created this documentary with fictional elements.
Kosmos is loosely based on the eponymous story by Polish author Witold Gombrowicz, which clearly highlights the characters' search for meaning in a chaotic, precarious environment.
No one has work or money and it's hard to imagine how the family survive. The hopelessness of the temporary housing situation at the squat is beautifully captured. The patterns, colours and superstitions that have developed constitute the basis for a story whose reach only becomes apparent after completely submitting to the details.
Director
Ruben Desiere
Country of production
Belgium
Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
61'
Medium
DCP
Language
Roma
Producers
Ruben Desiere, Rasmus Van Heddeghem
Sales
Ruben Desiere
Screenplay
Ruben Desiere, based on the novel by Witold Gombrowicz
Cinematography
Ruben Desiere
Editor
Elias Grootaers, Ruben Desiere
Sound Design
Sabrina Calmels, Vasco Pimentel
Cast
Vladimír Balász
Website
http://www.schoolofarts.be/graduation2014/student/kosmos