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Bas Devos presents his second feature, Hellhole

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- After Violet, awarded at Berlin Film Festival in 2014, the Flemish filmmaker presents his second feature, starring Alba Rohrwacher and Lubna Azabal

Bas Devos presents his second feature, Hellhole
Hamsa Belarbi in Hellhole

4 years after Violet [+see also:
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, his first feature – which won an award at Berlin in the Generation 14plus section – the Flemish filmmaker Bas Devos returns with Hellhole [+see also:
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, a story about different people living in Brussels, told via a series of home visits made by a GP to various suffering individuals lost in the European capital. The film will take part in the Panorama section at the next Berlinale (7 to 17 February 2019).

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Brussels, European capital, 2016. Doctor Wannes’ home visits include trips to see the young Moroccan Mehdi, who reminds him of his own son, Joris – a fighter pilot on a mission in the Middle East – and an Italian woman called Alba, an interpreter for the European Parliament, looking for a way out of her loneliness and lethargy, mainly via drugs.

As the title suggests, the film is about modern Brussels, a disenchanted portrait of a city ravaged by attacks, soldiers on the streets and homeless refugees wandering around the city centre... A multi-faceted city of paradoxes.

In the role of the doctor is Willy Thomas (Vele Hemels, Fallow [+see also:
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), starring alongside Hamsa Belarbi, in his on-screen debut, and the actresses Alba Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazzaro [+see also:
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interview: Alice Rohrwacher
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, Lucia's Grace [+see also:
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, Ishmaël's Ghosts [+see also:
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) and Lubna Azabal (Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
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interview: Sameh Zoabi
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]
, Sofia [+see also:
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interview: Meryem Benm'Barek
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]
, Lola Pater [+see also:
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).

As with his first feature, the director has entrusted the film’s photography to chief operator Nicolas Karakatsanis (Angel [+see also:
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interview: Koen Mortier
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, I, Tonya, Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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interview: Michael Roskam
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), with whom he previously worked on his first feature, Violet. Hellhole was produced by Tomas Leyers, who also produced Violet for Minds Meet, after previously producing Lost Persons Area [+see also:
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by Caroline Strubbe (selected at Cannes Critics' Week in 2009) and Little Baby Jesus of Flandr [+see also:
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by Gust Van Den Berghe (selected at the Directors' Fortnight in 2010). Leyers also recently co-produced In Syria [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Van Leeuw
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by Philippe Van Leeuw (Panorama section at Berlin in 2017).

(Translated from French)

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