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Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb) is a 58-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman from Northwest Africa, living in Brussels in the wake of the 2016 bombings that shook the city. After a long day at work, Khadija falls asleep on the last train. When she wakes up at the end of the line, she has little choice but to make her way home on foot as Brussels sleeps, and she awakens to the beauty of the city she calls home.
Director Bas Devos’ lightness of touch combines with the richness of Grimm Vanderkerckhove’s 16mm images to create a small wonder of humanistic storytelling. GHOST TROPIC is a testament to the everyday drama of immigrant life and insists on the possibility of goodness and beauty, even in the dark of night. GHOST TROPIC made its world premiere as part of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
“Beguiles and fascinates on several level… Resonant observations of life as it’s lived by people who are, to varying degrees, disenfranchised….” —Glenn Kenny, Critic’s Pick, New York Times “Depicts the heroine's trek as a low-key odyssey — indeed the film comes to feel like a compressed epic. The painterly images of lonely urban environments...suggest the influence of Belgium's greatest filmmaker, Chantal Akerman, but Devos' work is distinctive in its emotional directness.” —Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader “Shimmering nighttime photography, shot on rich Kodak stock, is dense and dark, moody yet never gloomy… Brecht Ameel’s soothing, melancholic guitar score helps to establish exactly the right tone for this little gem, which suggests that kindness and beauty are all around us.” —Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
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