Battles

Direction
Year
2015
Country
  • Belgium
  • Netherlands
Duration
88min
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Subtitles

Is a war ever truly over? Battles reveals a past that has not passed, by patiently observing the traces left behind by recent conflicts in the landscapes and communities at four different sites across Europe.

A bomb, a bunker, a tank, a soldier – four archetypes of warfare lead us chapter by chapter to places in Europe where conflicts have occurred in the recent past. We discover the transformation of people, objects and landscapes after demilitarization. An old man in a land swamped with bunkers, scenes of a bizarre prison camp at night, the last moments of antique explosives, an army of women working on inflatable artillery. Traces of militarization that find a place in everyday life, while also revealing the absurd relationship between the two.

The film’s meticulous cinematography and sound design work together to build a haunting atmosphere, taking us to a twilight world where past and present, war and play, threat and innocence intersect. Battles is a compelling exploration of the ways in which the effects of war continue to echo long after the battle has ended.

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Details

  • Original title
    Battles
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Isabelle Tollenaere
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Frédéric Noirhomme
  • Editing
    Nico Leunen
  • Sound
    Michel Schöpping, Kwinten Van Laethem
  • Duration
    88 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2015
  • Country
    • Belgium
    • Netherlands
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL)
    • 2015 Beursschouwburg Brussels (BE)
    • 2015 Visions du Réel, Nyon (CH)
    • 2015 Docville, Leuven (BE)
    • 2015 Cinema Zuid (BE)
    • 2015 Krakow Film Festival (PL)
    • 2015 Olhar De Cinema (BR)
    • 2015 Open City Documentary Film Festival, London (UK)
    • 2015 Lima Independiente International Film Festival (PE)
    • 2015 Singapore International Festival Of Arts, O.P.E.N series (SG)
    • 2015 Film Festival Oostende (BE)
    • 2015 Pacific Meridian International Film Festival Vladivostok (RU)
    • 2015 DMZ Docs International Documentary Film Festival (KR)
    • 2015 Fidocs (CL)
    • 2015 Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (UK)
    • 2015 Bergen International Film Festival (NO)
    • 2015 Netherlands Film Festival (NL)
    • 2015 Film Festival Hamburg (DE)
    • 2015 Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival (BR)
    • 2015 Festifreak (AR)
    • 2015 Underdox München (DE)
    • 2015 Inconvenient Films Festival (LT)
    • 2015 Viennale (AT)
    • 2015 Filmer à tout prix (BE)
    • 2015 Kasseler Dokfest (DE)
    • 2015 Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • 2015 IDFA (NL)
    • 2015 WatchDocs, Warsaw (PL)
    • 2015 ArtDocFest (RU)
    • 2016 Trieste Film Festival (IT)
    • 2016 Ficunam (MX)
    • 2016 Ficunam (MX)
    • 2016 Docu Days Ukraine (UA)
    • 2016 Full Frame Festival (USA)
    • 2016 FICIC Festival, Cosquin (AR)
    • 2016 La Case Encendida, Madrid (ES)
    • 2016 MIBDO, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogota (CO)
    • 2016 Les Ecrans Documentaires, Paris (FR)
    • 2016 Les Ecrans Documentaires, Paris (FR)
    • 2017 Cinema Ritcs (BE)
    • 2018 The Left Bank Cine-Club, Tel Aviv
  • Awards
    • 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL) – Fipresci Award
    • 2015 Film Festival Oostende (BE) – Belgian Press Prize & Special Mention
    • 2015 Inconvenient Films Festival (LT) – Special Jury Mention

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