Gerard-Jan CLAES (1987, Belgium) and Olivia Rochette (1987, Belgium) graduated in 2010 from the KASK (Royal Academy of Fine Arts) in Ghent, with the documentary Because We Are Visual. They have been making films together since 2007. Their film Metro received an honourable mention at the International Short Film Festival Leuven in 2008. In 2013, the pair founded the production and distribution platform Zéro de conduite together with documentary filmmaker Elias Grootaers. More recently they have started making feature length films, among them Rain (2011) and Grand travaux (2017).
Gerard-Jan Claes at IFFR
An underground subway tour connects up intriguing characters and situations.
The directors spent a year at a Flemish-speaking vocational school in Brussels, where young students have come to learn a trade. The film both documents and stages their central concerns: assignments and classes, football, romance, finding a place in life.