a film by Bas Devos
The film follows Khadija (Saadia Bentaïeb), a fifty-eight-year-old Maghrebi cleaning woman living in Brussels in the wake of the 2016 bombings that shook the city. After work one night, she falls asleep on the last subway train, wakes up at the end of the line and has no choice but to make her way home—all the way across the city—on foot. Along the way, she has a series of encounters: with a security guard, a convenience store clerk, a group of teenagers. She asks for help and she gives it and slowly, steadily makes her way.
Director Bas Devos’s 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.
"A stunning little gem.."
– The Hollywood Reporter
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Festivals & Awards
Official Selection - First Look - Museum of the Moving Image
Directors' Fortnight - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - Chicago International Film Festival
Official Selection - Rotterdam
Official Selection - Viennale
Official Selection - CPH PIX
Official Selection - Jerusalem Film Festival
Winner - Best Director - Cairo International Film Festival