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by Isabelle Tollenaere


Can a film be clinical and informative and yet also dreamy and mysterious? Of course, and a lot more besides. That much is apparent from the beautiful Battles, an observational essay that investigates the traces recent conflicts have left in the landscape and the people at four different sites in Europe.

The echoes of war also reverberate in peacetime. Battles takes a patient look, sensitive to tragedy and comedy, at the traces of battle in the landscape. A bunker in Albania used as a cattle stall by a family. Older ammunition that is exploded by the Belgian army. An army of Russian seamstresses who fabricate inflatable war material. And a tourist attraction in Latvia where people can pay to spend time in a military training camp.

original title: Battles
country: Belgium, Netherlands
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Isabelle Tollenaere
film run: 90'
screenplay: Isabelle Tollenaere
cinematography by: Frédéric Noirhomme
film editing: Nico Leunen
art director: Kwinten Van Laethem
music: Michel Schöpping
producer: Burlet Olivier, Nazima Mintjes, Daniel Devalck
production: Michigan Films, JvdW, Cobra Films


main awards/selection

44° International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015Bright Future

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